Solved Epson printer says new ink cartridges are empty

December 8, 2013 at 12:07:08
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all,

I just bought an Epson WF-2530 off Craigslist. I bought brand new Epson brand ink cartridges for it, and it worked fine last night, except for some lines on images for which I cleaned the print heads a few times. Then all of a sudden this morning it reported the cyan cartridge as empty and wouldn't print. I went out and bought a new cyan cartridge and now it says magenta and yellow are empty, and black is low! I've tried everything I've seen online: cleaning the chip contacts, reseating the cartridges, shaking them, power-cycling the printer, turning the printer on with on cartridges installed... This is really irritating! These are brand-new Epson cartridges, not refilled or anything. Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks!


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December 9, 2013 at 11:43:23
Buy a Canon printer, mate. I used to have an Epson. Nothing but trouble and nozzles blocked up unless you printed at least one full colour image with it every day. Wasted more ink unblocking the nozzles than actually printing with the damn thing.

I bought a Canon PIXMA model five years ago & have never had reason to regret it.



#1
December 8, 2013 at 12:57:07
The printer probably just has faulty sensors for the ink cartridges. You could replace them but it would be easier and probably cheaper just to buy a new printer. There's probably nothing you can do, if you've already tried cleaning the chip contacts and making sure they're making complete contact with the cartridges then it's probably internal damage.

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December 8, 2013 at 14:41:57
mmm.... I seem to recall that Epson quite a while back acquired a (not so good) reputation regarding its ink cartridges. Generally their printers indicating that cartridges are empty when in fact they are frequently about half-full...Needless to say there are lots of how to get around this "fiddle..."

It may be that your printer is duff/faulty; equally it may not be... Regardless I dun a wee trawl - and learned a lot that may be useful... I have a Canon Pixma printer and in the course of my trawl, I discovered a lot useful re' Canon kit... Not the least that there are cartridge memory reset units "out there" - usually used after refilling a cartridge oneself; and presumably there may be similar for Epson and others?

The links below may be worth a read at least; and the last three may offer a few ideas as to what may be going on, or at least defeat it...?

If you trawl (search) via google for Epson cartridge memory resets or similar.... you may find other useful possibilities too; may even find a few other ideas re' your l problem with the printer.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...

http://www.fixya.com/support/t40482...

http://www.domstechblog.com/two-che...

http://brokensecrets.com/2010/04/16...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pm3...

It is generally acknowledged (I think) that most (domestic and lower end price-wise) inkjets are not worth repairing if/when sent to a repair source. And many vendors will simply replace an inkjet that is apparently faulty - but under warranty - rather than attempt to repair it. And if a duff printer is returned to the manufacturer... generally they are scrapped and parts etc. recycled...

And quick trawl for Canon:

canon inkjet cartridge chip resetter

brought this hit... - includes other makes too...

http://www.prink.co.uk/chip-resette...

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#3
December 8, 2013 at 14:49:45
How much did you pay for the printer? Epson has them on their site for $79.99.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=C11CC37201&ref=sem_us-brand-workforce_printer-wf-2530&wm_crID=18489942&wm_lpID=80649012&wm_ctID=475&wm_kwID=53869923&wm_mtID=3&wm_content=0&wm_g_crID=35171728872&wm_g_kw=wf+2530&wm_g_pcmt=&wm_g_cnt=0&wm_g_device=c&gclid=CMG_8tzaobsCFc07OgodjnQAoQ&gclsrc=aw.ds&wm_kw=wf+2530&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=wf+2530&utm_campaign=us+-+brand+-+workforce&wm_sd=1


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December 9, 2013 at 11:43:23
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Buy a Canon printer, mate. I used to have an Epson. Nothing but trouble and nozzles blocked up unless you printed at least one full colour image with it every day. Wasted more ink unblocking the nozzles than actually printing with the damn thing.

I bought a Canon PIXMA model five years ago & have never had reason to regret it.


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#5
December 9, 2013 at 13:00:00
Find myself agreeing with phil22 - based on my own experience with my Canon Pixma… Had it at least 4yrs and thus far it's been fine… Mind you I know of a similar model that failed within a year; but then there is always the odd one… While an Epson seem to have failed rather rapidly for my friends in USA - lasting just over a year; their HP which replaced it is doing fine (two years now?).

Incidentally I note you say you "...just bought this Epson - off Craiglist…"

That being so, have you not contacted the vendor to complain; maybe even request either a working replacement, or your money back?

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#6
December 9, 2013 at 15:15:40
I wouldn't buy anything mechanical or electronic off Craigslist.

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