Epson SX printing problems, is it possible to print black yet bypass the black cartridge?

  nucom 13:46 17 Nov 2011

We have 4 Epson SX printers - 600FW, 515W, 205, and 105. All have succumbed to printing problems to a greater or lesser degree.

Currently the 105 is the most hopeful, as it is printing red, yellow, and blue really well, but absolutely no black. I believe that in the past some printers worked without a black cartridge, so I am wondering if the the Epson printer/s can be adjusted to enable them to print black without the need to utilise the black cartridge?

Alternatively (1), does anyone know how to remove, clean, and replace the printheads in the above printers?

I have looked on You Tube for such a demonstration, but as yet I have not been able to find one using a printer similar to the above.

Alternatively (2), does anyone know of any source of replacement printheads that will not break the bank of a silver surfer?

Thank you for any help, advice or suggestions you can offer.

  Bob Exeter 14:43 17 Nov 2011

In reply to the Canon printers...... The offical Canon agent can be contacted at telephone 01483 776060 Woking Surrey I have dealt with these people who are experts in this field and am sure they will give every possible assistance.. They sometimes have second hand print heads which of course have the same consumer rights as if new.

They can give advice on removing the print heads once you have done this a few times it becomes easier.. I have a Canon ip 4500 a superb machine.

Bob Exeter.

  johndrew 14:47 17 Nov 2011

To the best of my knowledge all Epson printers use the black cartridge only when printing black and for colour shading. Also the print heads can become blocked if the ink runs out or is allowed to dry out - the cleaning process should be available in 'Control Panel/Printers & Faxes' right click the printer, select 'Properties/Utilities' and follow the instructions given when you select 'Head Cleaning' or click here for very similar info.

There are several sites that may assist you in resolving this type of problem. Have a look at: this this this and for cleaning fluid have a look at this or this.

The SSC Service Utility is also very handy and supports many more Epson printers than on the list. Given that it's free it is worth a try.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

Artist Helen Friel on designing paper models for everyone to make

What to expect at Apple's 27 March education event

Idées cadeaux pour geeks et tech addicts