tony

asked Mar 29, 2004 at 5:38am
Epson Epson Artisan 700

epson stylus photo 700

i have an epson stylus photo 700 printer my os is ME the problem is that when i print a test page just the first two lines are printed then a new sheet of paper is printed with the rest of the test print also if i use spread sheet and print a small bit of print is printed followed by 5 blank sheets then the rest of the print but some times i get a small part of print followed by 5 blank sheets then a little bit more print then 5 blank sheets and so on i have down loaded the drivers for ME can any one help please.
Tony: Unfortunatly, there have been a lot of strange problems with Win's ME, every since it came out. Its possible that its not even a problem in your printer, but sounds more like a computer problem or even a software problem. I would recommend that you try running your printer as a Stand Alone Printer, not connected to a Computer System, to try and determine if your problem is actually coming from your Computer System. On most Epson Printers you can usually run an "Internal Epson Self-Test Page" to determine whether a problem comes from the printer itself or possibly from your Computer System. Unfortunatly, on some inexpensive models there are not tests actually built into the printers, to keep the costs down. As not all Epson Printers are always the same, you should refer to your User's Manual/Owners Manual for the correct procedure on how to run your printers Self-Test Page. Unhook the printer cable from the back of the printer, with the power cord still plugged in to the wall and paper loaded normally. Turn the printer off for 10 seconds or so, to clear out any remaining DATA or Information that may still have been in the printers system, from when the Computer was previously connected. Now reach over and turn the printer on as normal. The printer should come on and go to a normal Ready Condition, with no Error Lights on. If you get an Error Light on, then you know you have a problem in your printer. If there are no Error Lights on, then you want to run your printers "Internal Epson Self-Test Page", directly from the printer itself. Normally [on most models] you simply reach over and hold-in on the Paper Button, while you reach over and turn the Power Button back on, as normal. Continue to hold in on the paper button for about 3 to 5 seconds, but release the power button after turning your printer on. Release the paper button once you can hear and see the printer starting to initialize and start to pull-in a piece of paper. The printer will print out an Internal Epson Self-Test Copy, which will also have a "Nozzle Test" on it. If everything is working correctly in the printers Paper Feed Assembly, Carriage Assembly/Cartridge Assembly and the Printhead Assembly, then the self-test copy should be printed out and correctly fed thru the printer...AS A GENERAL RULE: If the self-test page prints out correctly, then usually your printer is working normally. This does not mean your printer may not be dirty, or have another service related problem, or even bad cartridges. It just means the printer is basically working normally as far as the internal tests go. If your printer is working ok, then your problem could be in your Computer System/PC: bad drivers, bad printer cable, bad software, incorrect internal PC settings, possible hardware problems [parts problems], etc. I'm sorry, but I don't really work on Computer Systems/PC's, so I can't help you with those type problems. Remember that this is actually a Printer Repair Site and you may need help from a Computer Technician, rather than a Printer Technician...If the self-test does not print out normally, then you can assume the problem is in your printer. Usually that would be a problem in the "Logic Board/Main Board Assembly" and unfortunatly, that is not normally economical to replace. You can usually buy a new printer cheaper, then having your old printer repaired. If you cannot run a Self-Test Page directly from your printer, then the only other thing you could do is connect your printer to a different Computer System [like a friends]. Load Printer Drivers, connect your Printer Cable and try running a few test copies from the second Computer System. If your printer prints out ok, then you can assume that the problem is in your Computer System. If the same problem happens on a different Computer System, then at least you would know that its probably a problem in your printer...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 29, 2004 at 5:22pm Add comment
I had the same problem. It is a communication noise problem. I changed the printer cable and the software option "Control Panel --> Printers --> (printer) --> Properties --> Advanced --> Print processor" from RAW to NT EMF 1.008 and it solved the problem.
Try changing the software option first.
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by unknown on Jul 6, 2004 at 5:18am Add comment