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2225 woes
Message #1 Posted by Steve on 3 Jan 2000, 5:28 a.m.

I'm just trying to get an old HP2225 HP-IL printer to work.

After cleaning up a lot of spilt ink around the ink cartridge contacts, it "almost" works.

If I prime the cartridge (I am familiar with these printers, I used them when they first came out) I get a few lines of the self test OK. This indicates to me that the printer is OK.

However the printer slowly (over a couple of lines) decides that it's not going to print much at all.

This cartridge is OLD (and it's been in the printer for un unknown number of years) and I'm wondering if it's likely to be drying up of the ink, or maybe a stiffening of the ink bladder that's the problem?

I've managed to get a drop or so of isopropyl alcohol into the jets (replacing some air that was in the bladder) and I'm hoping that this reduces the viscocity of the ink if that's the source of my problems.

However the fact that there's air in there at all makes me wonder about the possibility of the bladder losing flexibility over the time it has stood in the printer.

I've got some cartridges on their way to me, so hopefully they'll do the trick.

I'd appreciate any suggestions, or observations people have about this problem -- any proud HP2225 owners out there?

Re: 2225 woes
Message #2 Posted by Bob C on 3 Jan 2000, 3:33 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Steve

The hp manual indicates the use of isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the 2225 cartridge. Sometimes that works OK. Try heating a wet (damp) paper towel in the microwave until the towel is quite hot. Rub the jets of the cartridge on the hot wet towel. This desolves some of the water soluable ink and seems to help.

PS: Don't put the cartridge in the microwave!!

Bob C

Re: 2225 woes
Message #3 Posted by Steve on 3 Jan 2000, 6:33 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Bob C

Yeah, I've done a trick with isopropyl alcohol, and I'll check out how succesful it is when I get home from work.

The warm wet paper trick -- only the earliest cartridges were water soluble. The later cartridges (about 12 months after introduction of the 2225???) were no longer water soluble (when dry at least :-). Does this trick still work on them?

hahahahaha Cartridge in the microwave :-) I can just imagine!


Re: 2225 woes
Message #4 Posted by Joe on 4 Jan 2000, 9:49 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Steve

You have a bad cartridge. The ink is draining out of the reservoir and back into the cartridge.


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