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05 January 2011 @ 06:33 pm
)#$%& printer  

We have an Epson RX425, which is a 5 year old color laserjet. It should be in more or less perfect condition, because we only had ink for it for about, oh, four months, and the rest of the time it’s mostly been used only as a scanner. But I got new ink for it, and after an exceedingly frustrating couple hours of running color test pages, I finally got all four cartridges to actually print their little wavy lines that indicated yes, they were all functional.

Literally immediately upon managing this, the printer announced it was out of ink and will not print anything at all. Now, not only are they brand-new (and brand-name) cartridges so they shouldn’t be out of ink, if I shake the little fuckers I can hear the ink sloshing around. Shaking, however, does not loosen whatever is causing the printer to think it has no ink. Neither does hitting it, swearing at it, or rebooting it.

Does anybody have *any* goddamned clue what I should try next? Don’t suggest defenestrating, because I’m already pissed off and have no sense of humor left about this.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Autopopeautopope on January 5th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Recommendation? If you're thinking about replacing the printer and you need colour, consider upgrading to a colour laser printer (not an inkjet). Prices start around £130 over here (as opposed to £35 for a cheap colour inkjet) and cartridges cost substantially more when you need to replace them, but they take sitting still for a few months a lot better, and if you can get 5000 pages out of a set of four cartridges (£180 quid) rather than 500 pages out of a set of four ink cans (£50 quid) you're ahead in the long term.

(But always, always, try and calculate the cost-per-page before you buy a printer. It can vary by an order of magnitude or more.)
Ellen Millionellenmillion on January 5th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'll second this, if you're looking for general printouts. Lasers aren't consistent enough for art quality prints, but I do everything else (including all of my magnets, cards, etc, when I was doing those) with the laser. More startup, but much friendlier in terms of cost to use, and much more able to deal with neglect.
deliiriadeliiria on January 5th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
...and you only actually get that 500 pages if you print them shortly after you've put the ink in. if you're like me, and you only print something about once a month, you're lucky to get 100 pages from your ink, and a good percentage of them will be those testing to see if the ink still works pages :p

I <3 my laserjet printer.