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My Epson 640 was running low on ink so I changed the cartridge and now it won't print anything. Was printing black, but now nothing. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help
 

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Are you getting error messages or just blank pages?
 

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Have you tried aligning the cartridge with the 'tools' program for the printer? And as silly as it may sound, you've pulled the little plastic strip off the bottom of the cartridge?
 

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I'm not sure I've done it correctly, but I did go to properties and clicked on the print alignment, but nothing printed out when I did that. Is that what I should have done or should I try something else.
I didn't take the tape off of the bottom of the cartridge, just the one from the top.
 

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Ok, that's fine, I guess some or all Epson printers (I'm now looking at the 400 user's manual) have the tape on the top......

How much time delay was there between when it was printing and now? Could we have a clogged ink problem? Have you tried putting the old cartridge back in?
 
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I am looking at a picture of the Epson 640 cartridges here:

http://www.printerfillingstation.com/Instructions/ep640.htm

I don't know about the tape on the top - looks like it just has a label. Anyways I used to have a Canon BJC 5100 that used to stop printing periodically - I used to take the cartridges and soak them in about 1/4 inch of hot water to loosen up the ink in the print head. Worked for me may work for you too.
 

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I quess there was a little of a time delay from when it was printing and now. I ran out of the color ink and the darn printer won't work if either of the cartridges are empty. Can't put the old cartridge back - threw them out. There might be a clogged ink problem (can you help me with that?) Oh, when I replaced the cartridge, I had to buy a generic one, because the were sold out of mine. Not sure if that might be the problem or not.

This is a brand new cartridge (color) should I take them both out and soak them in the hot water? I'll try it. By the way, I'm planning on getting a new printer soon, I would like to be able to print half decent pictures that I take with my digital camera - what should I be looking for?
Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it very much.
 
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Let them soak in hot water for bout 1 - 2 minutes.

As far as decent printers go I just bought a Canon S600 (Prints up to 15 ppm in black, 10 in color; high-resolution printing up to 2400 x 1200 dpi in color; 4 individual ink tanks). It does an awesome job with pictures and only ran me $150.

Hope this helps. :)
 
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You bought a new color cartridge? You have the color and black in the printer as of now correct? The black empty?

Just a few questions for ya.

:)
 

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Thanks for your help and advice. I will give it a try. Let you know if it works. Probably won't do it til tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendation on the printer too.
 

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Yeah, I bought a new color cartridge and replaced it tonight. The black is not empty - half full. Both are in the printer now.
 
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