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Epson 200 says new cartridges are empty
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Customer: Epson 200 says new cartridges are empty
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I tried to print to my EpsonXP 200 and it told me I had no ink. I replaced cartridges (with Epson cartidges) and it still gives me an error message that the cartridges are empty.I have restarted the printer and unplugged.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

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 outlet
wait 5 minutes
press and hold the power/on button for 60+ seconds
keep 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.

Nathan

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
did not work
Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for trying.

Are you using genuine/oem epson cartridges, or generic/refilled ones?

Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

If generic, please replace with the proper epson cartridge. Generic inks have about a 60% success rate, and often don't work at all.

If no change, or if already using genuine ink, then this would unfortunately indicate a bad printhead or logic board.

The head is a "wear item" that fails with age/use. As this is a 2012 model printer, it is at/past its 3 year service life, so this type of failure is not surprising.

While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $150; if the logic board is bad you’re looking at $200-250. For $60-80 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.

Depending how you'd like to proceed, I can advise on finding parts, finding a local repair shop, or recommending replacement options for you. Just let me know.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

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