I've been searching online, but have not been successful. Does anyone know of a guide to resuscitating a Ricoh GX e3300n? This is the nozzle check, which I don't think bodes well! Ink is low in all colors but black. I ran a couple of head cleanings and flushes with no success. I basically paid nothing for this machine, so I'm not opposed to putting in a bit to get it running, but I'm unwilling to spend $300 on ink to find out I can't. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Most likely is a bad print head, however assuming you did regular head cleans AND "power cleans" and the problem didn't go away ...
The capping station on inkjet printers can make it appear as thought the heads are clogged, they are not internally clogged but rather clogged underneath the head. Once the capping station gets gunked up the result is cleaning the heads just furthers the problem, the capping station isn't passing the waste inks into the waste area and remains on the surface.
So you clean the heads but it gets gunk again underneath once the heads are "parked" or "capped".
See the video
A gunked up capping station can also cause "splatter" or over spray so you see artifacts in the printed area, or fuzzy looking stuff especially visible in text
If David at Conde sees this perhaps he knows a better or newer video, or other suggestions.