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Author Topic: Can this be added to the Unclogger?  (Read 14852 times)
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« on: August 11, 2014, 01:17:07 AM »

I got a bad nozzle check with the Matte Black in one of the 3880 after only one week  (The 3880 doesn't clog my foot!).  Only one small bar was visible in that darkest black diagonal area out of maybe 100.

Ran the Unclog routine of Black ink only.  Sadly, it did an ink change to Photo Black since that was the last one I used in the Unclog I guess.  Didn't want to do that.  Big waste of ink.

Had to switch it back to Matte again - another waste of ink.  Still plugged according to the manual Nozzle Check.

Ran a Power Clean (Another big waste of ink), or whatever it is called, and it is starting to flow again.  Ran Unclog again and it is clearing up the clog.

Question:  "Can there be a way for either the Matte or Photo Black ink to be selected from within the Unclog window, rather than flipping back and forth doing ink changes pending how it was set prior?"  QU seems smart enough to know that last ink selected in paper profiles and adjust there, but I'd rather it be done at the Unclog window since once it starts, it can get wasteful.  Couldn't stop the ink switch-out once it started either.

Now I need to go flip it back to Photo Black and see if it is clogged too.  Ugh!

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 08:47:40 AM »

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Question:  "Can there be a way for either the Matte or Photo Black ink to be selected from within the Unclog window,
Yes, there it's already.
When a new driver set-up is made, you are asked if you want to save it and give it a name.
See screen shot where I have a setting for PK and one for MK. Although the unclog pattern is always printed on plain paper, the driver paper settings are different, gloss or matte so the appropriate ink is invoked.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2014, 01:29:22 PM »

Thanks Terry.

Looks like I got some Set-upping to do.

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 06:02:31 PM »

This is a great Qimage feature, but I have not tried it.

Keeping that in mind...
Does this only run on 8.5x11" ?
The added feature to run on an set interval is great, to keep printer unclogged.  I wonder if that could be done with a less ink - that is just exercise the nozzle, but not as much ink as is used for unclog routine.

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 07:24:49 PM »

This is a great Qimage feature, but I have not tried it.

Keeping that in mind...
Does this only run on 8.5x11" ?
The added feature to run on an set interval is great, to keep printer unclogged.  I wonder if that could be done with a less ink - that is just exercise the nozzle, but not as much ink as is used for unclog routine.



When running the unclogger in maintenance mode, all ink colors that your printer uses should be selected.  For example, on my Epson R1900, I check all colors and then uncheck blue and green because it doesn't have those inks.  Still, 7 colors are selected so when that pattern prints, very little of each color is used because with a full page print, only 1/7 of the page gets used per color (less actually since it isn't 100% coverage per color).  That is really the minimum amount of ink that should be used to keep the carts primed and clog free.

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 08:01:25 PM »

Thanks Mike.

I just went thru unclogging my Epson 4800 using Epson driver routine  - it is a process that always stresses me out as I listen to all the whirring and clunking in the printer thinking of all that $/ink going into the waste tank, and not knowing if that last unclog routine will be the final one or not.

My Qimage upgrades ran out at .240 - having an automated 'keep printer flowing' routine is enough to convince me to re-new upgrades for a year!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 02:25:23 AM »

If a printer (in this case Epson 4800) has these 8 inks: light grey, med grey, black, yellow, light cyn, drk cyan, lt magenta, dk magenta.  How do I map this to the Qimage print unclogger color selections?
Can I selectively run unclog on just one of the 8 Epson inks?
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 06:30:00 AM »

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Can I selectively run unclog on just one of the 8 Epson inks?
Yes, you can, se screen shot below.
There are tick boxes for each colour so for your printer, you would need to permanently leave red, orange, green and blue un-ticked and selectively tick the others as required.
As I said in a previous post, you can save a set up for your printer so red, orange, green and blue are never ticked.
It's time for you to upgrade then you will see for yourself Mike has thought of everything!
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2014, 01:32:10 PM »

I have upgraded to a version with the print unclogger and was trying to use it last night, but noted that the color selection in the dialog box
(your screen shot above) does not match the 8 colors in the Epson.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2014, 03:17:07 PM »

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but noted that the color selection in the dialog box(your screen shot above) does not match the 8 colors in the Epson.
You said your printer has:
"light grey, med grey, black, yellow, light cyan, drk cyan, lt magenta, dk magenta."
So tick Black/Grey, Yellow, Cyan/PC and Magenta/PC, that covers all your cartridges. It makes no difference whether they are called "light" or "dark", QU unclogger will pulse all your nozzles with those ticked.
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2014, 03:54:15 PM »

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but noted that the color selection in the dialog box(your screen shot above) does not match the 8 colors in the Epson.
You said your printer has:
"light grey, med grey, black, yellow, light cyan, drk cyan, lt magenta, dk magenta."
So tick Black/Grey, Yellow, Cyan/PC and Magenta/PC, that covers all your cartridges. It makes no difference whether they are called "light" or "dark", QU unclogger will pulse all your nozzles with those ticked.
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OK. I'll try that, but it is not obvious from the instructions/dialog box.
It seems that one can not selectively run the routine on for example just light grey as if one checks the black/grey box it will run the routine on black, med grey and light grey ink.  That is better than running all the inks of course if just one is clogged.
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2014, 04:10:47 PM »

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OK. I'll try that, but it is not obvious from the instructions/dialog box.
Click the red  V at bottom right of the dialogue and watch the instruction video, I'm sure that will help.
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2014, 04:32:30 PM »

My Qimage PC is not connected to internet so I can't see these videos.  I also learn so much better from written material.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2014, 08:35:56 PM »

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My Qimage PC is not connected to internet so I can't see these videos
You can see all the Learning Videos here if you have another PC that is connected to the internet:
http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2014, 06:26:29 PM »

Just an idea, not sure of possible or really all that practical.

I use 17" roll paper and usually before I print I switch to sheet feed and print the Epson test page on 8.5x11 plain paper to ensure all ink channels are unclogged.  I could print the pattern on the 17" roll, but it uses paper which costs more than a single plain sheet.  But it does take a bit of time (and ergonomically not good or easy for me due to my printer location) to switch paper source and sometimes I damage/crinkle/fingerprint the leading edge of roll when re-feeding into printer.

This has me wondering what the smallest/shortest strip of roll paper Qimage could print a head test pattern on?  Maybe if it was short enough I wouldn't always be compelled to switch paper to check.
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