asked Jan 7, 2004 at 4:00pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

epson 1200

I've been using an epson 1200 for about 3 years with mixed success. when it's working properly it's a great printer, but most of the time, especially now as it gets older, it's a nightmare of recurring problems, many of which are mentioned in this forum. denny conway's comments are all right on, and most important is if you don't run this printer regularly, at least once a week, you'll have troubles galore. I will comment that i've found the printer shuts down differently if i use it with 98 vs XP, but the same problems occur in each OS: the worst one being mid stream, and ussually while using expensive paper, it decides to only print half the page, mnakes horrible noises, and refuses to quit the job. My questions are these: are these likely to be software related problems or defects in the hardware? Does the rubber belt that acts as a drive shaft wear out? stretch? surely thisnwill cause trouble. Thnakyou.
If the printer only prints half a page then stops it is usually a driver problem. The noise problem could be caused by a dry carriage glide shaft. If you look at the glide shaft and it looks dull or has streaks on it then it is dry but you can also check it with your finger or a cloth and if you see and dark coloring on the cloth then you need to clean and oil it.

You can use a lint free cloth and clean the glide shaft then use a light oil like 3 in 1, Break Free or tri flow and apply a thin bead of oil to the glide shaft then just slide the glide shaft side to side a few times to distribute the oil.

The belt has a fiber reinforcemant inside the belt to prevent stretching so the belt would usually fall apart before it stretches.

I hope this info helps.

by unknown on Jan 7, 2004 at 6:18pm Add comment
made: Normally, that Timing Belt is not a problem and I have not had to ever replace one [yet]...The most common problem, when noises are involved, is a DRY and or DIRTY Carriage Assembly...WHEN YOU ARE GETTING "GRINDING TYPE NOISES", OR "RATCHETING TYPE NOISES", POSSIBLE "PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY" SLAMMING OR CRASHING & WHAT APPEARS TO BE MISFEEDING PROBLEMS: Although it's possible your printer has an electronic or mechanical failure, it is more likely the Carriage Assembly is simply DIRTY and or DRY, causing it to stick and make noises. That usually results in the printer loosing track of just where the Print Cartridge Holder Assembly is actually at. It then keeps telling that assembly to keep moving and thats what can cause it to slam into the end of the printer, when it gets real dirty and dry. That slamming can also result in the printers Printhead Alignment being thrown off. Try wiping the bar with a lint free cloth and also clean the outside of the metal bushings that the carriage bar passes thru on both sides of the holder assembly. Then lube the metal bar on both sides of the holder assembly, slightly with a precision oiler. A drop or two of a silicone or teflon based lubrication is best, but even a household 3 in 1 type oil can be used. Manually slide the holder assembly back and forth to spread out the lubrication and wipe of any excess lube or blackish build-up that appears on the bar...Look for an e-mail message from me with more in-depth information, that might help you in that area...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 8, 2004 at 9:47am Add comment
made..FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE: The e-mail message that I tried to send you, could not be delivered. Here is the message I received back: " Hi. This is the qmail-send program at
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out. <[email protected]>: does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550 Invalid recipient: <[email protected]>
Giving up on "...I'm sorry, but if you want me to send that additional info, you will have to first send me an e-mail at " [email protected] " and then I can reply back. Be sure to mention in your e-mail that I was going to send you some additional info on cleaning the Carriage Assembly...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 8, 2004 at 10:22am Add comment