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On Tuesday 02 April 2002 17:02, you wrote: > Right in the middle of a long printout, the black text tailed off to > nothing. I emailed Epson from their web page, after wasting another 5 Sounds like you have run out of ink ? > minutes with "Epson ER". They advised me to run the nozzle check from > the Windows driver, which I can't do easily, since I run GIMP-print Do you check your ink levels regular. I'm just going to install GIMP-print on my system (latest) is it any better than what we already have. You could try this if you are running linux. Nozzle Check =========== /usr/bin/escputil -q -n This was sent to me by another reader Jhon Harpin (thanks John) and works a treat with my 1290 regards Peter > drivers on a linux box. I responded that I had already run the printer > self-test and observed that 5 colors are stil there, but the black is > missing. I also noted that this is the original (made in China) ink > cartridge that came in the box. I suggested that it probably ran out > of ink, with no low ink warning whatever. I am waiting for a reply. > > Can anyone advise: > > Is this the right way to deal with Epson? > > Is the print-head drying out and being irreparably harmed while the > negotiation with Epson drags on? > > Should I do something about the head, or just follow Epson procedure > and expect them to deal with the fallout, if any? > > Is the fact that the ink cartridges what came with the printer were > marked: "Made in China" vs. cartridges on the shelf at Fry's marked > "Made in Japan" significant? > > Thanks in advance for any advice. > > Phil Nelson - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.