×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Jobs

Epson Printer head cleaning

Epson Printer head cleaning

Epson Printer head cleaning

(OP)
I have acquired an Epson DX4400 printer (secondhand). It is working except that the black is not printing out - needs head cleaning. I have had previous Epson printers (and have 2 others still).

Normally I access printer preferences/maintenance but this is not showing on this printer's menu. I am running Windows 7.

Can anyone advise, please?

RE: Epson Printer head cleaning

From fixya forums, I didn't feel like typing it all out as someone had already done it. :)
Open the Printers or Printers and Faxes folder.
In Windows 7, click Start then Devices and Printers. In other versions of Windows:
Click Start > Settings > Printers, or
Click Start > Printers, or
Click Start > Control Panel then double-click on:
Printers, or
Printers and Faxes, or
Printers and Other Hardware then View Installed Printers.

See How to open the Printers or Printers and Faxes folder in Windows in the Related Articles section for detailed instructions.


Right-click on the icon for your printer and select Printing Preferences.

Example: Windows Vista


This will display the Printing Preferences window.
Click on the Maintenance (or Utility) tab.


Click on Head Cleaning. This will launch the utility.
Click Start and wait for the printer to finish the first cleaning cycle.


Caution: Never turn off the printer while the On light is flashing. Doing so may damage the printer.



Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern. This procedure will confirm the effectiveness of the head clean. You can also access the print Nozzle Check option from the Maintenance or Utility menu.


Click Print.


The printer will print a nozzle check. Compare the print out with the next window. If there are gaps, the print out is faint, click Clean, and then Finish when the procedure is complete.


If the nozzle check prints correctly (showing no breaks in the pattern), but the text is still broken you may need to run the Print Head Alignment utility - see How do I use the Print Head Alignment utility? for assistance.

If the nozzle check is complete, click Finish.
If there are gaps or faint print on your printout click Clean.



If gaps are still present, perform another head clean (without printing a nozzle check between the cleans). Once the second clean is complete, power off the printer.
Wait one minute before powering it back on, then print a nozzle check. Compare the printout with the example window (above).

If it is complete, click Finish.
If there are gaps or faint print on your printout carry out another set of head cleans.
We recommend only a maximum of six head cleans.

RE: Epson Printer head cleaning

(OP)
Thank
I know ehat should happen
But when I click on printer prefetebces the window does not have any options - there is no maintenance tsb or any other tsbs

RE: Epson Printer head cleaning

Did you load the software from epson? or just take a windows default driver? it needs to have the latest software from epson to show any of the other tabs. If you did load the latest software, I have no idea why the tabs are not there.

RE: Epson Printer head cleaning

(OP)
Many thanks
problem solved

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close