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Sorry to hear you’re having trouble, Larry.
Are you using genuine/oem epson cartridges, or generic/refilled ones?
Just because they have the model number on them does not mean it was a genuine epson product, which is what I'm asking. If you bought it at an office supply store, it should be genuine. If it was very low cost, from ebay, etc, then it is probably generic.
There are a few possible causes of this issue, including a bad cartridge, internal debris/contamination, or a hardware failure (bad printhead, bad logic board, faulty sensor, etc).
What we can try are some cleaning and reset steps.
First remove all of the ink cartridges, then clean the metal electrical contacts on the back, as well as where they mate up inside the printer, using qtips and rubbing alcohol. Dry well, then reseat the cartridges.Then reset the machine:unplug power at the wall outletwait 5 minutespress and hold the power/on button for 60+ secondskeep holding while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after, then release
Let me know the results, and I'll advise further if needed.
Thank you for trying, Larry. When was the printer purchased?
Than you for confirming.
I ask because this issue then indicates a defective printhead.
In epsons, that is a "fatal error" because epson heads cannot be serviced. The printer would need to be replaced at this point, but if it is still under the 1 year factory warranty, you can call 800.go.epson to file a warranty claim, and they will repalce the printer for you. Be sure to ask for the same model number as a replacement if possible, or the newer xp-830 model, so your existing cartridges can still be used.
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