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[DTG Kiosk] Printer is working but no ink coming out

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Old May 13th, 2015 May 13, 2015 5:55:04 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm hoping someone can help me I bought a second hand DTG kiosk. I was aware of the no printing problem and because of the really cheap price I thought I'd give it a go. I've checked the printhead and the jets are clear, but when you send something to print it just goes back and forth and prints nothing.

When I took the printhead out I noticed some of the little metal contacts were bent so I straighten them out, but still nothing. Also when I prime the printheads and lines I don't think the printhead is pressurising properly? I'm not sure of the terminology, but when I run a head clean, shouldn't the ink be drawn into the head? Well it doesn't seem to do anything, but the pump is sucking ink into the ink run off bottle.

So I'm just wondering what I should replace, what are the priorities?

Also I noticed that when I took the motherboard case off the red fuse wire wasn't soldered on properly would this cause any problems?

I can take some photos of parts if needed.

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Hi all, I'm hoping someone can help me I bought a second hand DTG kiosk. I was aware of the no printing problem and because of the really cheap price I thought I'd give it a go. I've checked the printhead and the jets are clear, but when you send something to print it just goes back and forth and prints nothing.

When I took the printhead out I noticed some of the little metal contacts were bent so I straighten them out, but still nothing. Also when I prime the printheads and lines I don't think the printhead is pressurising properly? I'm not sure of the terminology, but when I run a head clean, shouldn't the ink be drawn into the head? Well it doesn't seem to do anything, but the pump is sucking ink into the ink run off bottle.

So I'm just wondering what I should replace, what are the priorities?

Also I noticed that when I took the motherboard case off the red fuse wire wasn't soldered on properly would this cause any problems?

I can take some photos of parts if needed.

Thanks for your time
I refurbished my Kiosk and I had two brand new heads, so I just replaced the head, replaced the old ink lines, and began printing. I even got my old head cleared in most of the nozzles by pulling distilled water up from the bottom of the head, the opposite direction of the ink. I totally disassembled the old head and cleaned it - a 6 year old print head.

You should first try a nozzle check on a piece of paper. Do you get any colors?

A head clean will pull ink through the head. You may only be pulling one color or old ink into the bottle.

I would recommend replacing the dampers with refillable cartridges for now. They are $27 on Amazon or eBay for a set. One less variable. Be sure to prime them too!





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Yeah it has the refillable cartridges and the upgraded bottles that sit on the side of the printer. I've been looking on aliexpress and Alibaba for a printhead and there seems to be some decent prices on there (that's where I got a pump and capping station for $50 posted). I think replacing the trailing cable might be handy as well, but they seem to be harder to find.

I tried a nozzle check, but nothing... I don't have any rip software at the moment so I've just been using the printer properties section as I don't want to invest in software that might not be used for some time. If anyone has any cheap alternatives that would be appreciated.
 
 
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Yeah it has the refillable cartridges and the upgraded bottles that sit on the side of the printer. I've been looking on aliexpress and Alibaba for a printhead and there seems to be some decent prices on there (that's where I got a pump and capping station for $50 posted). I think replacing the trailing cable might be handy as well, but they seem to be harder to find.

I tried a nozzle check, but nothing... I don't have any rip software at the moment so I've just been using the printer properties section as I don't want to invest in software that might not be used for some time. If anyone has any cheap alternatives that would be appreciated.
have you changed the head carriage recently? If not, then it is the red wire that came loose.
 
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have you changed the head carriage recently? If not, then it is the red wire that came loose.
THAT DID IT! It's working! I can't believe that one wire that wasn't soldered stopped the entire thing.
I put a fuse in, but I'm not sure of the exact one? Would you know the proper fuse to use? I've just got a 250v one in there and it seems to be ok? It's the only one I had lying around in that size.

Well now that's taken care of I'm having another little issue that is, when I do a couple prints the error eject light starts flashing and I have to reset the printer... Any ideas?

Thanks for your time I really appreciate it.
 
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THAT DID IT! It's working! I can't believe that one wire that wasn't soldered stopped the entire thing.
I put a fuse in, but I'm not sure of the exact one? Would you know the proper fuse to use? I've just got a 250v one in there and it seems to be ok? It's the only one I had lying around in that size.

Well now that's taken care of I'm having another little issue that is, when I do a couple prints the error eject light starts flashing and I have to reset the printer... Any ideas?

Thanks for your time I really appreciate it.
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It is a 1/2 amp fuse or 500ma fuse. Do you have a status monitor for the epson 2200? You will need that, or the adjustment program to determine what the error lights are for.
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got new print head , carraige and belt and runs through the print but no ink comes out also done several cleanings to this Kiosk2 ..I'm new here can someone help please
 
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If any Radio Shack is open you can get the fuse there. Fry's Electronics has them too I believe
 
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The size that people usually use is 5X20mm
 
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Default Re: Printer is working but no ink coming out

I know I'm a little late on this post, but I'm having the exact same issue. What red wire are u talking about? My Tech guy told me it was a fuse on the motherboard. I was printing like a champ, and my HM1 just stopped shooting ink out. It draws ink from the capping station, but on the other side, no ink comes out. Any help would be great!
 
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I've hard fused on the HM1's, its a hit and a miss on that motherboard but 90% of the time it works
 
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Hard fuse what? This is my issue. People talk to me like i know how to hard fuse! lol.
 
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lol its basically a copy of the small fuse that went out. I believe its the F1 fuse on the printer next to the big metal thing popping out of the board (it doesn't look like a canister fuse, more like a small piece of metal with 2 sides)
 
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Anyone able to elaborate on this a little more? Just ran I to this issue today with my white ink not ejecting into the capping station. Do you mean the silver box holding all the cmyk chips?
 






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