asked Jan 30, 2004 at 1:56pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 3000

Epson Stylus 3000

I recently purchased a used Epson Stylus Color 3000 (no warranty, yadda yadda, usual eBay disclaimers). The printer works fine with roll banner paper, works fine with tractor feed paper, but will not sheet feed from the tray. Let me correct that, it feeds the paper, then promptly spits it right back out and proceeds to blink at me "I'm out of paper!"
Is there a paper sensor or something that I should check/clean/replace? I really don't understand why it's acting like it doesn't realize there's paper there. When I load tractor feed paper it does a little jig, I assume to check where the leading edge of the paper is, so I would take that to mean that paper sensors are ok.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rirby: Unfortunatly the Epson S.C. 3000, 5000 & 5500 are three of the higher end ink jet style printers that are sent back to the "Epson Repair Depot", in Indiana for repairs. I seldom actually work on the "3000", except for occasional general cleaning. The only thing that I can suggest, is that you call the "Epson Technical Support Department" at 1-562-276-1300 and talk directly with a technician thats trained on your particular model of printer. When your printer is out of warranty, you are required to have a credit card to pay for technical support help, just like most companies today. You can also e-mail Epson Technical Support for possible help or advice, at http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCooki e=yes&infoType=Email&oid=14374&prodoid=11473&menuSpec=15 ...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 30, 2004 at 3:28pm Add comment
I was afraid of something like that. Thanks for your quick reply though.
by unknown on Feb 2, 2004 at 5:53am Add comment
Just to let ya know, found it is a bad switch in the paper size guide. There are three switches under that paper tray, two that are actuated by the rear edge guide's position, and one that's actuated by the "middle" tray extension.
I think I'll just stick with roll paper or tractor feed for now. :)
by unknown on Feb 2, 2004 at 10:05am Add comment
Did you ever get this fixed? I am having nearly the same problem. Mine will not take the paper in the auto feed. The grey rollers do not even turn and attempt to pick up the paper. However it will print if I manually feed the paper into the back manual slot. - unknown
Hey I have one of these printers as well. How much was the switch to have it repaired? Why did you decide to not have it fixed? When mine gets to about 1/4 of the supply of paper it spits out a blank sheet and then says it is jambed up. I am wondering if it is worth repairing.
by unknown on Feb 2, 2004 at 10:15am Add comment
I have no idea how much the switch would be to replace/fixed. The problem you're having doesn't sound quite like it would be those switches, but I'm not sure.
I decided not to bother getting it fixed because I mainly had bought it to do banner printing. I still have another inkjet that I can use for printing individual sheets if the need arises.
by unknown on Feb 2, 2004 at 10:43am Add comment