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Rafe, the piles of ink on a print or elsewhere means that there is too much pressure at the outlet ports. Ink just flows through the nozzles unimpeded. I have this problem with black carts. I think the WeInk vacuum system tends to over fill the black carts, leaving free ink (not soaked into the sponge) in the cart. This increases the pressure at the outlet port. When I get a dump, it's hard to get it going again. The best technique is to let things set for a couple of hours. The sponge is the key to keeping the pressure at the outlet port zero. The folks that remove the sponge will find this out in short order! I dissected epson carts and studied them for a while when designing and building my continuous ink system. If your nozzle check shows that black ink is printing where you should be getting other colors, then I surmise that the excess ink is shorting the nozzle connections. Let the ink dry for a couple of hours and try again. Dry ink doesn't seem to be conductive. I have always got things to work again, but it's a little scarry! When you get your archiva formula right, consider a continuous ink system. Mine isn't foolproof, but after printing 800 pictures on my 1200, it's got the refill routine beat by a mile! When the ink out light comes on I just hit the button to move the printhead to the change position and remove and replace a clip, and go back to work. No messing with refilling unless I change inksets. Cost to build it was about $25. Saved about $200 so far using MIS archival ink over epson carts. If anyone is interested I will repost the description of my system. When you get the archiva formula right I am very interested in the final brew. Being a pioneer takes guts! Thanks for the effort! TomW - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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