Epson 3880

Started Mar 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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ianmoodya Junior Member • Posts: 41
Epson 3880

Ok, we've had it.

Does anyone know how to force an Epson 3880 to NEVER SWITCH INKS?

We only have matte paper, only print on matte paper, only ever want to print on matte paper.

Photo black does not exist in our dojo.

Yet at least once a week for a year or so the printer has forgotten some setting someplace and tried to do a gloss print - which then entails an ink swap, followed by some swearing and another ink swap to get back to matte black.

This has happened so many times that the thing has no run out of photo ink, and wont print anything until we install a new photo ink cartridge which we will never use.  Grrrr

Does anyone have any ideas?

ps. "Check your print settings before each print" isn't a valid answer - 99% of the time we do - yet a year or so of missing it 1% of the time has used up a whole ink cartridge and wasted hours of time swapping.  We're now stuck waiting a day without printing for the expensive next day delivery of an ink cartridge we'll never use.

We're not afraid of getting physical with the printer to stop this.

Here are some options that would be nice if they worked:

a) firmware setting that locked it to one link

b) warning on printer dialog that "this will entail an ink change" so we can catch it sooner.

c) inserting some kind of special "empty" photo cartridge

I've only had one actual idea that might work:

d) Delete ALL paper types from the printer setup other than the matte papers -

Does anyone know if that might work?

ps. This is under OS X Mountain Lion / Photoshop CS6

Would even pay for a Photoshop plugin etc that did the job.


Rant over.

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