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asked Jan 25, 2008 at 8:07pm
Epson Epson Stylus CX4800

Epson Stylus CX4800 - clogged print head?

The CX4800 prints a blank page. I have tried new EPSON cartridges, 3rd party cartridges, and print head clog buster from inkmizer.com, and no change yet. Inkmizer suggests placing a few drops on the print head - will more drops help dissolve the dried ink faster? Is the problem really dried ink in the inkhead?
Try clicking on the link on this very post. It is the only link on this thread. It's about three above yours. The only link. You might want to click on it. What do you think?
by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:42pm Add comment
NO, problem is a dislodged purge tube. http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/duraink.html
by moe on Jan 25, 2008 at 8:54pm Add comment
The printer will not print black--except in occasional blobs--or magenta no matter what kind of ink cartridge I use. It also has lines and fuzzy spots.
by unknown on Oct 7, 2008 at 3:49pm Add comment
does anyone have any ideas. printer is printing blank pages
by tjj on Apr 7, 2010 at 10:28am Add comment
Try clicking on the link on this very post. It is the only link on this thread. It's about two above yours. The only link. You might want to click on it. What do you think?
by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 at 12:08pm Add comment
it might not be the head being clogged, sometimes the rollers will do weird things that make it look like a clogged head too.

I posted a fix for problems like this, its for the epson 4800 but will work for similar printers as well.

here is a link to the fix:
http://www.grscreenprinting.com
by hilukasz on Mar 15, 2011 at 6:07pm Add comment
I would suggest perform a nozzle test - it will show you which nozzles on the print head are blocked. try 2 - 3 headcleans which might clear those blocks.

Epson authorized service centres are provided with a recovery fluid which is filled into the capping assembly ( little cup under the head ) and left over night to soak. A headclean is performed the next day which clears all the nozzles.
Unless you know someone at a epson service centre, you can't get hold of the fluid.
One other method of clearing the nozzles that I have heard of - which I DO NOT recommend, is to remove the head carefully and place the bottom in a tray filled with hot water ( not boiling ) - this has proven to be effective in the past - although NOT RECOMMENDED
by denmax on Mar 16, 2011 at 2:05pm Add comment
Only a person asking for trouble would remove a Epson print head. You break all the factory adjustments and it is completely unnecessary. Buy a kit like this and you will clean the print heads like the repair techs do. http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kits/epson/K89
by unknown on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:48pm Add comment
a friend of mine had this same issue with her machine. nx100
she took it into a local company for a cleaning and they ran an espon cleaning solution thru the printhead via refilled cartridges. ( i think she said it was a blue solution?)
it works great now, she had it done in july an dno problems.
if you happen to live in northern nevada the shop is at Mae Anne and McCarran shopping center phone 775-746-9700- i hope this helps
by OSIRIS85 on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:20am Add comment
a friend of mine had this same issue with her machine. nx100
she took it into a local company for a cleaning and they ran an espon cleaning solution thru the printhead via refilled cartridges. ( i think she said it was a blue solution?)
it works great now, she had it done in july and no problems. I think she said it cost $10-$15 and she picked it up next day!
if you happen to live in northern nevada the shop is at Mae Anne and McCarran shopping center phone 775-746-9700- i hope this helps
by OSIRIS85 on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:26am Add comment
my printer would only print in black and strange colors. I ran the print test and no colors printed. I used cleaner on the pads & now when I try to use it, all the lights flash and nothing happens. What can I do? I like the printer and would like to fix it.
by philal on May 7, 2011 at 7:35am Add comment
The flashing lights indicate one of two error conditions depending on the sequence.

Most of the time it is a Maintenance Request Error. Meaning the protection counter has reached it limit and you need to clean the absorber or waste ink pads and then reset the protection counter.

Read here for more info http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/duraink.html
by unknown on May 7, 2011 at 9:10am Add comment
Does anyone know of someone in Oklahoma City that can fix my CX-4800, I like the printer and would like to get it fixed.
by unknown on Jul 2, 2011 at 3:42pm Add comment
I got one CX4800 from ebay cheap to replace my CX3810 that still works but makes weird noises after going through a mega paper jam. I didn't know about the problems with clogs (never had that problem in CX3810) and I thought this would be upgrade from CX3810 to CX4800.

When the printer came, first page printed out blank. I did a bunch of head cleans and cleaning solution head soaks and 2 colors showed up, but 2 other missing.

I did run head manually over folded moist wipes ("shueshinning" method) and it cleaned the head very well and restored the missing colors. I also primed empty cartridges with cleaning solution and that could have helped some too.

I also read the info on clogged waste ink tubes problem on http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/duraink.html

I suspect this could be a problem in my printer too, as the waste pads at the very bottom are totally dry with nothing draining from the head cap.

The only problem is I see no easy access to those tubes from underneath. Here is a thought: cutting a hole underneath the printer rather than disassembling the whole thing.

Any ideas? Thanks!
by unknown on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:07pm Add comment
If you look at the back of the printer you will see a small panel/door with a single screw under it. remove the screw and you will see the tube coming from the side into a white plastic connector. The tube then goes into the middle section of the printer. That is the purge tube. You can remove the tube from the printer. Clean the tube and then replace in into the printer.

It is a little tight but you can put the tube back inside the printer. Curved forceps help a lot.
by unknown on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:20pm Add comment
Wes,
many thanks for your expert advice. This forum rocks!
I saw that back door and opened it too, but didn't realize that gives you an access under the head cap. I will try a little "surgery" on this through the access hole.

If it fails, I guess I can back-flush the tubing from below, right?
by unknown on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:09am Add comment
Epson uses peristaltic pumps on their printers. So you can't usually back flush the tube coming from the pump. But usually the clog is at the tip of the ink purge tube. And that part of the tubing you can flush.

You can use a guitar string to clear the clogged tip.
by unknown on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:22am Add comment