Epson r2400 prints blank pages

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by SilverArrow, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. SilverArrow macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    Hi All,

    Well, my R2400 started printing blank pages from any application; I can't force it to print even the nozzle check pattern via the print utility. Tried everything I know, and most tips I found online: resetting the print&fax utility/ deleting the driver and any Epson file, and installing anew/ restarting the PC and repairing the Permissions/ changing the PC (same behaviour across three different PPC PCs with 10.5.8 and 10.4.11) ... Nothing worked so far.... I feel nearly devastated as I desperately need to print important stuff.

    Please please help

    Thank you in advance
  2. joaoferro99 macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008
    S. California
    If your printer can move the cartridge house freely, it should have nothing to do with the chipset problem, most likely it is related to the blockage. I suggest you get a very inexpensive clean kit to try to unblock it. something like this

    when was the last time you used your printer?
  3. SilverArrow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks for joining in. Actually I managed to resolve the problem with a simple head cleaning. I suspect the "head cleaning" somehow reset the printer because I can't imagine how, all of a sudden, all nozzles became blocked - in spite of all my efforts it refused to leave even a single drop of ink on the paper. Now working again like a charm...

    Btw, the longest I have kept the R2400 without printing was for two and half years in storage. And even then, after unpacking, it printed straight away with just a few missing segments of the nozzle pattern. This make me think that the problem which prompted this thread was more like jammed signal path than blocked printer head.

  4. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    two and half years?
    normally the inks would expire within 2 years or something, you should avoid using the expired inks. IMHO
  5. SilverArrow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    Sure, the cartridges were all expired long time ago, but that's the beauty of the "low tech" equipment: the printer continued to work flawlessly, and one after another I gradually replaced the cartridges. I bet the electronic surveillance of more high tech printers would have forced me to change the entire ink set at once.

    The interesting detail was that, using the old custom profiles with the expired ink still gave me very close match to the file as displayed on the monitor :)
  6. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Interesting :) just like you still can drink the expired milk :)
    the formula might be changed in expired inks but it would still print fine i guess.
  7. SilverArrow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    Not exactly as in the case of milk one can observe the changes even with a naked eye; in the case of expired ink one can observe nothing, it's pure speculation, AFAIK, if anything changes at all. Certainly there were not changes in the physical properties of the ink, otherwise the printhead's nozzles would have become blocked; or the printer would not have worked at all.
  8. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    you are right, SA. By the way, you should shake well the cartridges before using it

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