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#1 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2013 - 05:12 PM

I have a Brother MFC 490CW printer.  Full of ink, and it seems to think it's printing, but not a bit, not even a smudge of ink.  It gives no errors, just makes all the sounds of printing, but no actual print.  I figure the printer head went on it.  Have a whole supply of new ink for this thing too, and it's over 30 days old (maybe 2yrs old), so of course it's obsolete now.

  I just ordered a new all in one from Wallyworld as I have to have a printer...no question.  Every time I get a couple dollars in my pocket, something breaks! :wallbanging:



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 05:19 PM

Printers and ink, are one of the biggest scams going.

It's almost criminal.

It's almost cheaper to buy a new printer, than ink.

So we just throw them in the garbage. That's all wrong.


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 05:21 PM

Yep, ya gotta have a printer....just a few years ago, I would have laughed if someone told me I needed one!



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 05:28 PM

Sorry for your printer problems.

It is sad to say, but we live in a "disposable" world.

It is a darn good thing our GT's are 30--50 (mine anyway) years old, or we would have to throw them away too!



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 06:42 PM

Did you try to clean the printhead?  Pull the ink cartridges and clean the mating area up..  Usually get's things going..



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:09 PM

Did you try to clean the printhead?  Pull the ink cartridges and clean the mating area up..  Usually get's things going..

Or It could be a stuck valve? I would check compression first before pulling the printhead. Or maybe the Ink pump is bad or needs to be primed? I would also check all the connections, it could be a bad ground. If all the above doesn't work you could try adding a little sea foam in with the ink.  :D JK. Good luck on the new printer.


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:12 PM

Tried all I can....nothing worked.  Gonna have to just toss this, as they aren't truly made to work on.



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:16 PM

Tried all I can....nothing worked.  Gonna have to just toss this, as they aren't truly made to work on.

I agree, they usually are not worth fixing. I just had to put a little GT humor in my last post :D



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:19 PM

Sorry to learn of your printer problems Daniel. The printer I have now, I bought because the replacement ink cartridges were cheaper than my old printer. The companies that sell the printers seem to do it for dirt cheap and make their money selling us replacement cartridges.



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 07:59 PM

If you don't NEED color prints, you can buy laser printers almost as cheap as the disposable inkjets.  Even the starter toner cartridges last many times longer than the typical ink cartridge. Plus the print quality is much better, to me at least.

That's the route I took several years back.  I bought a wireless Samsung laser printer for $60ish on sale and then purchased an extra toner cartridge when they had one of those "anything that fits in the bag is 20% off" sales.



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 08:00 PM

Bleed the ink lines after the injector pump, and remove the turbo.

 

I just hooked up my mother's new printer this morning, her 'old' one was three years old. Avoid Epson.



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 08:19 PM

We just replaced the wife's printer.  I agree the are a scam!  At one time HP made a quality printer that lasted to bad they have gone the way of most of the businesses today.



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 08:23 PM

Maybe you need to replace the points? Condenser? Coil?



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 08:23 PM

laser printers both color and black printer are the way to go

at work we have replace the ink jet printer around 3 times in a 5 year live cycle

the laser printer just keep working  - very few problem over the 5 year cycle

just a few paper jams - most of the paper jams were cause by the user - not putting the paper in right

 

I have bought several of the laser printer for work over the years both color and black laser

they were several different makes and models

had to replace the color laser after 7 years because the system board went bad - it cost me $50

not bad for 12 years old printer - it had around 200,000 print out on it

 

we had laser printer at work that had over 320,000 and they still worked when we replaced they

we have two Lexmark W840 laser printers at work that had over 2,500,000 print outs on them over a year period and they just keep works - yes we do maintenance on them



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 10:27 PM

I agree - ink-jet printers cost money whether they are used or not.

 - use them and they wear out and you need a new printer

 - don't use them and the ink dries up and you need a new printer

 

Lots of anecdotal evidence suggests laser printers don't mind periods of non-use.  Probably because the toner stored in the printer is dry.

 

When you look at the cost of a printer - check the prices for replacement supplies.

Epson laser: 1 black and 3 colour cartridges = $100 each,  Photoconductor unit = $250.

I scored the printer for free because the photoconductor unit needed replacing.  Luckily I found another printer for parts.






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