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Epson 880 Printer - won't charge ink cartridges

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Recently purchased a used Epson 880 Printer on Craig's List for my husband. It had been sitting around for a bit, but it was working when we first got it. It ran fine until we had to change the black ink cartridge. Now (a) It doesn't seem to charge up the new ink.  In addition, after my husband put a new black cartridge in it, I followed the "clean the nozzle" "clean the heads"  etc. instructions.  Now the printer won't print at all.  The print head moves back and forth but no ink comes out.  I carefully squirted some cartridge and head cleaner down under the ink cartridges (I removed those first).  Gently blotted up the excess cleaner.  Still no go.  Could this problem be related to the "Chip" problem I read about here?  Is there a work-around?  
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Have you tried a different ink cartridge??  Is the cartridge you're trying to use a refilled cartridge?  Refilled cartridges can cause serious problems with your printer.
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I only use genuine Epson cartridges.  
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Have you tried a different cartridge??  The one you have in there may be faulty...
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Further comments.  Last evening I made progress.  I squirted the cleaner (several times)down onto the little sponge that sits on the right side under the ink cartridges (when they are in the printing position).  I ran the cleaning utility several times as well. The printer is now actually printing the nozzle check (in color only though).  It's not quite perfect but at least I can see it.  It's not printing the black at all.  I realize this is using up ink like crazy, but I'm willing to live with that.  Where does the ink go if it's not printing out on the paper but the monitor says it's being used up?  Is there a reservoir underneath?  Is there something else I should try?  Should I just buy two new cartridges and install them and see what happens?
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The monitor is not precise.  HP has the same problem, it just goes by the number of pages you have printed out.  I can print probably about 100+ pages out of my printer when it says the black is out.  I'm sure Epson is the same way.  What I'd do is try out a new cartridge and see if it prints.  Dry ink cartridges happen, and if you have one, it sounds like you may be a victim of a dry cartridge.  But if you try a new cartrige, I'd only get one of the two to start with, and if that fixes the problem... then great, however if it doesn't then it could be your printer has a problem.

Zax
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by:Rednotchie
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I'll try this.  If this fixes it, then you get the points!
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by:Rednotchie
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Bought new cartridge.  Discovered that husband had put incorrect model black cartridge in printer....GRRRRR  He is most contrite  Thank you for your help

Rednotchie
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Thanks much.  Next time I will grill husband closer before I bother you guys!!!
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Lol.. it happens.
Good luck with your printer.  
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