This is a follow-up to my original series of post, I believe two years ago. I wanted to say that, at the time, my 4900 "Photo Black" was "dead", completely clogged. As usual, no amount of Power Cleaning would bring the head back. Right? So I undertook to take the head apart to clean it, directly injecting in each of the 8 ink ports good old Windex, with a syringe, right? Well, that didn't help. And so on. Eventually, I got the printer to work again. And I was a happy camper for a few months, until, one head started to clog, yet again, and slowly but surely, earlier this summer, it got to the point that the Cyan/Vivid Magenta tandem was completely clogged. So was the Yellow. Orange, Green, Light Magenta, Light Black were OK. The LLC and LLM were halfway clogged. Should I toss the printer, take it out of its miseries, buy a new one, or try to "fix" it, once more?
Well, I put in my set of refillable cartridges filled with cleaning solution, putting aside the "old" ones.
Then, I first did an Ink Charge with the help of Epson Adjustement Program, running on my trusty Thinkpad T30 under XP.
That supposedly charged all the lines, in other words "Fill each tubes with ink" and, more importantly, the way I see it, pressurize them and hopefully remove air bubbles.
Once this was done, I ran a Nozzle Check.
I was deligthed to see faint lines appearing under all heads!
Then I ran an Ink Eject, supposedly emptying all ink tubes. That must have completely filled my Ink Maintenance Tank because I had to put in a new one right after that.
Now, with the lines being "empty", I reasoned I had to do another Ink Charge, this time, I put all my old Ink Cartridges back in, removed the Refillabe ones" So I turned to the software and away I went, pressing the Run button for an Ink Charge this time.
I could not believe my eyes but the next Nozzle Check showed complete success!
So, now, I'm going to try to send a few test images and see what I get.
But the results are very encouraging.
And no need to take the head appart or anything messy.
Thought I'd share my little story...