1400 series, black blurring/doubling, signs of a failing print head?

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Oops - where is the printhead carriage sitting when power is off ? Can you easily move it back and forth ? Can you move it to the right into the typical home position ?
 

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Oops - where is the printhead carriage sitting when power is off ? Can you easily move it back and forth ? Can you move it to the right into the typical home position ?
THe wiper is down and I never forced the carriage lock.
Before I turned it back on I moved it back to the home position. I can move it freely from one side to the other. Does anything in the picture attached look out of place?

(Inkstained, if this is the end of my printer, how would a locally available ecotank l805 compare?)
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This makes remote help pretty difficult, there can be a problem with the gear system and clutches which (dis)engage to move the cleaning unit up and down and hold the printhead carriage in home position, I wouldn't know how to go from here - a service manual may help, or a 1:1 comparison with a working unit.
The L805 is an A4 printer, your 1400 prints A3. The corresponding tank system model would be the L1800. I'm running both , no problems so far and with a very convenient handling.
 

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OK, So I removed the encoder strip and cleaned it well, and this got rid of the fatal error. But now it is not recognizing any of my ink carts. I had v6 in, and tried the v6.3.
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Oh great that you got the mechanics working again, I was under the impression you did some cleaning of the coding stripe already.
Do you have another set of cartridges available - still the setup cartridges or other 3rd party or original cartridges you can use instead of the ones you are currently using ? Epson is playing some tricks with the data on the chips.
 

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I have 3 sets of refillable cartridges. 2 are version 6 chips and one is version 6.3. unfortunately I can't find any of the originals.

At this point I don't think it will run well until I replace the encoder strip. It's quite badly stained. Once a replacement arrives I'll try to get the cartridges problem sorted.

In the meantime I picked up a used L800 today and will see how that goes. From what I recall your tests showed that the Epson L800 inks are superior to any third party inks (such as the EV6).

From what I can see the L800 driver will not handle ICM internally. Is that correct?
 

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From what I can see the L800 driver will not handle ICM internally. Is that correct?
The driver for desktop printers - all models - will only handle the Epson genuine/internal ICM profiles which the driver selects by your paper selection if you activate the ICM option in the extended settings. If you want to use your own icm-profiles for your ink/paper combinations you need icm-aware software - Photoshop , Qimage or alike.
 

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The driver for desktop printers - all models - will only handle the Epson genuine/internal ICM profiles which the driver selects by your paper selection if you activate the ICM option in the extended settings. If you want to use your own icm-profiles for your ink/paper combinations you need icm-aware software - Photoshop , Qimage or alike.
That's odd. My 1430 has the option to use any profile.
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On the L800 I only see this:
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the driver of the L805 is no different for the ICM option to the L800, Epson is installing a few profiles with the driver installation, and the driver selects the correct profile via the paper selection once the ICM option in on.
There is a proprietary section in the profiles which allows this, but you don't have access to it.
 

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I spent a little time trying to troubleshoot the 1430 cartridge error. It seems that I can load 5 cartridges and it will recognize them, but once all six are in when I insert the forth it goes back to saying all six are unrecognized. I tried every possible combination of insertions with the same result. Somehow this must result from removing the cable to the cartridge chip module during head cleaning, but I have no idea why.
 
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