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Epson Stylus Photo R 265 letting me down !

pentaxpete 13 641 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 3:09PM
Help !! I have an A4 Epson Stylus Photo model R 265 purchased from Amazon some years ago and had not much trouble until NOW --- the CYAN will not print and I have done many 'Nozzle Checks' and 'Head Cleanings' to no avail -- my kids need it for their Homework -- I did some A5 full colour prints only a week ago from their Digital cameras for Competitions -- NO PROBS --- suddenly the nozzle check indicates CYAN not printing and cannot clear it -- where can I get it looked at please ? Or shall I just keep 'Head Cleaning' using up the inks which have been changed several times during the process ......Thanks Folks --- Peter.

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User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
3 Oct 2011 3:33PM
There are currently three on eBay at 99p, 4.99 and 9.99 respectively. It might be worth buying a cheapie one for spares.
guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 4:25PM
From my own experience it is not cost effective to have a printer like this "looked at". The cost will far outweigh the cost of a replacement.
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 4:36PM
At the R265 price range, you can buy a new printer complete with set of cartidges for less than a set of Catridges for the old (R265) printer
rambler Plus
9 964 17 England
4 Oct 2011 12:05AM
Are you using epson cartidges, I had one of these printers and it would not print using non epson cartridges no matter how they were chipped. It also used most of the ink cleaning itself, eventually the same thing happened to me as it has you, I binned it and bought a canon.
pentaxpete 13 641 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 9:07AM
I use 'compatible' cartridges as my printer was made before the April 2007 'deadline' when Epson put in some 'chip' to stop the use of non-Epson inks --- had to do a cleaning only a few times and each time it cleared the nozzle OK and would print perfectly with the 7 Day Shop or the Choice Stationery inks.
Thanks for all your views anyway .
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 9:30AM
There is a chance you have clogged the head and possibly the non-epson ink has played a part. You can get cleaning fluid cartridges to run through it but to be honest given how low cost the R265 was compared to inks (mine cost 5 new from memory) you are probably as well off getting a new printer. There is some logic in getting a Canon or HP printer if you are not going to use OE inks, as the heads are in the cartridge so much up the head and its not a expensive replacement. The Epson head is in the printer so its a more fatal issue.
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
4 Oct 2011 10:00AM
I've got an Epson stylus R300 & normally use 7dayshop inks. last year the light magenta head clogged up & I used up 2 cartridges trying to clear it without success. In desperation I bought 1 Epson lt magenta cartridge & it cleared the head & printed Ok. Now back on the 7dayshop cartridges without problem.

Try using the Epson Cyan cartride to see if it will clear, then go back to the cheapies!
thewilliam 9 6.1k
4 Oct 2011 10:41AM
We have a 285 and run it with a CISS. A few months back, the yellow nozzles blocked, so we bought a nozzle cleaning kit from Printhead Hospital and followed the instructions. Cured it for a while but nozzles keep blocking.

The printers are so cheap that it's not worth messing around so we've just bought an Epson P50 that takes the same CISS but not commissioned it yet.

One friend who's a research chemist with one of the major ink manufacturers told me that it's best never to mix inks. Start with the ink that you intend to use long-term.
pentaxpete 13 641 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 7:38PM
Well many thanks to all you 'Experts' who responded and I have some GOOD NEWS !! ---- I had a go to look into the printer as I was given a link to a site that tells you how to unblock the nozzles but it was SO involved I didn't start taking it apart -- I must have moved the inks around lifting it up as when I tried another 'Nozzle Check' the Cyan started to show, so I did another 'Head Clean' and it CLEARED and now is working again with the 7day shop inks and their cheap Inkrite papers !! I printed some pics taken by my boy last Friday at the practical 'Macro Photography' evening at Brentwood Photographic Club and they were wonderful !
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