View Full Version : Printer Head Trouble

14-04-2016, 03:15 AM
Got an older but favorite Kodak (remember them - the camera and film company that said digital was not gonna last?) - printer that has quit printing BLACK.

All the other colors and the sealer work (that's to coat the pictures when you print them) - it's just the BLACK that's quit.

Is there any sorcery that gets them to work again? My good buddy says they are zortched when they quit and no amount of less than divine intervention will work.

I love the picture quality I get/got from it and as the company is out of business - Kodak is gone, phwwt! - I don't have the option of calling Customer Service.

Sent from my Zorian-equiped 'puter. :banana
...so far - so good :punk

14-04-2016, 08:41 AM
If it's the print head then all you can do is replace it - tricky if no parts available.
Find another used one perhaps?

14-04-2016, 09:00 AM
PC - what's the odds that it can be soaked in 200 proof alcohol and get it cleaned that way?

It appears to have 4 heads - maybe 5 with the clearcoat head. They all appear to be in a single unit though, not separable.

effie c
14-04-2016, 10:36 AM
Hi Joe
Geez I tried that long ago, found out it was far cheaper just to replace the printer--sic., Epson cost $49.00 N.Z. and produces a reputable photo even at that price.
I remember taking a printer in to be repaired long long ago and the firm demanded $45 N.Z just to look inside let alone repair- surely there is no debate -- I know I have Scots ancestry but even a Scot could not fault that logic ;-)
Effie c

14-04-2016, 11:03 AM
Some printers can perform tests to show what nozzles of the print head could be blocked.

Usually I run the printer into a clean mode, when I hear the print head move, I pull the plug. When the print head is out of home position, it can be moved by hand easily.

Now any solution that can soften ink and not destroy plastic would be good. On the far left, is usually a sponge/pad, soak it with the solution, place print head over it, let it rest a long time. Then make sure to put the print head back to the far right.

Run it through a couple of cleans, then test. If still issues, then I would get a paper towel, fold it a few times, put warm/hot water in the centre of it and move the print head over it, back and forth a few times.

We are manually wiping the ink from the nozzles and hoping its enough to loosen dry ink. Run cleaning mode after you are happy and test. If this has failed, might be new printer time.



14-04-2016, 11:35 AM
Some print heads are a mission to get out, needing the printer to be stripped.

Ive done that once, it didnt fix the issue . So it was time wasted & $ spend on new print heads wasted .

I only attempted it as our boss at the time thought we were lazy writing off cheap printers or sending some printers & laptops out to specialists
when we didnt have the parts,tools or expertise to some repairs in house.
So It gave the old , 'we can fix anything' attempt just to shut him up.

If the heads are the simple unclip types, plenty of options to attempt a clean.
Soak in warm distilled water (distilled will be a better solvent than tap water) ,maybee acetone, isopropyl etc. you may melt the thing with the wrong solvent though


14-04-2016, 12:37 PM
The Kodak heads are very easy to get out - even to look directly at from both sides.

The ink cartridge side is mostly some sort or polyester plastic for strength, and the head side appears to be a polyurethane type plastic. Solvent choices are really limited: acetone, lacquer thinner, DMSO, toluene, gasoline - all may not work.

In the olden days when I had cartridge refilling kits, the cleaner/solvent was always isopropyl alcohol, so a good drinkable alcohol should work - right?

"Everclear" comes to mind. 7102

If it doesn't work, at least I'll have a tinted 100 proof drinkable alcohol.

14-04-2016, 02:19 PM
Give it a go - why not. If it doesn't work, oh well, but you never know your luck

14-04-2016, 02:38 PM
That's what I needed - a little boost. Tnx.