Epson workforce 1100 printer not recognizing cartridges\n\nExcuse the long text, just wanted to be through.\n\nI recently had an issue with shitty print quality after running the head cleaning command a few times I decided to disassemble and clean the print head. I used [this video]([MEDIA=youtube]iVjwG7I9MuU[/MEDIA]), and later the Epson factory service manual (pm for link) to disassemble, only issue was I dropped a screw and broke a hinge on the top door (no biggie). \n\nCleaned the old dried ink with q-tips and ISO alcohol, that was definitely the problem with print quality. \n\nReassembled everything. At first I was having an issue with the cartridge being locked/not unlocking (as I found later there's a carriage lock, keep reading) and getting a really bad gear grinding sound and a general error. Kill power try again same thing. \n\nFind and read the manual, see there's a manual cartridge lock disengage, take the shroud off, find it, unlock the carriage manually. Start it up, everythings fine except the general error.\n\nThinking maybe I didn't seat a ribbon cable well enough or something, I disassembled everything again, found a tiny bit of schmoo on a ribbon cable to the PCB board on the side of carriage and put everything back together snugly.\n\nStart her up, everything's looking great, no general error but a [URL='https://i.imgur.com/nWBF4ph.png']no recognized ink error[/URL]. These are the same (albeit not OEM Epson) cartridges I was using previously that worked fine, just not best quality bc of the dried ink on the head (dried bc I don't use it all that often.\n\nThings I've tried to solve this:\n\n- Remove ink cartridges using built in function, shut it down, unplug, hit the power to discharge any residual power, wait a while (1 hr plus), plug it in, start it up and add cartridges again. Same error.\n- try using some old empty Epson cartridges I had (only CMY) it reads those fine while saying the [URL='https://i.imgur.com/sc5GzDK.png']black was empty[/URL]. Add in old nonOEM black with the empty good epson, get a [URL='https://i.imgur.com/nWBF4ph.png']cant ready any error[/URL].\n- try same old empty Epson but with new non OEM blacks, s[URL='https://i.imgur.com/nWBF4ph.png']ame error[/URL]. \n- try both of those in combo of starting up empty and adding or, running a change out program, nada\n- Tried removing the printer and adding back it to control panel, nope.\n- \n\nOnly thing I can think of is to find some old Epson 68/69 black from a recycler, and have those along with my current CMY to maybe "reset" the system.\n\nExtra Details:\n\n-none of the gold pines on the carriage are bent, broken or damaged in any visible manner.\n-happens regardless of if my computer is plugged in or not.\n-just tried using the computer ink replace system rather then the hardware/firmware button type, no difference.\n-Also I get a notice of "ink cartridges cant be recognized" for all of them even then 3 are Epson OEM and 2 are not, though if only the 3 Epson oem are installed I get just a [URL='https://i.imgur.com/KB9eZLN.jpg']"ink cartridges cant be recognized" [/URL]\n\nHelp? Any suggestions? Let me know if theres anything I can answer to help diagnose. \n\n\n\n\nTLDR: printer was printing kinda shitty, cleaned head manually, assembled, disassembled, reassembled now won't recognize non-oem that was working fine before.