asked Jan 4, 2005 at 12:17pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

Epson 1200 problem

I've had a problem with my Epson 1200 (attached to a Macintosh) beginning to print an 8 1/2 x 11 page and at a random point the print head shifts and begins printing the image off the page. When I abort the print, the head makes a terrible racket before returning to it's original ready position. Any ideas? I've double checked the page set-up and made sure the correct paper size was chosen in the print dialog box.
Michael: Although it's possible your printer has an electronic or mechanical failure, the most common problem is that 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 and that can cause the Error Light/Led to come on. Sometimes when the printer looses track of where that assembly is at, it then keeps telling that assembly to keep moving and can even cause it to slam into the end of the printer. Try wiping off all around the round metal carriage bar or shaft [that the Print Cartridge Holder assembly moves back-n-forth on], with a lint free cloth. Also clean the outside of the metal bushings with Q-Tips, that the carriage bar passes thru, on both sides of the cartridge holder assembly. You can also use alcohol on the cloth, if there is a lot of build-up on the carriage shaft/bar. Then lube the metal bar on both sides of the holder assembly, slightly with a precision oiler, not a spray lubrication, or the appropriate grease thats used on some of the newer models [C40UX, C62]. A drop or two of a Teflon based lubrication or Tri-Flo lube is best on the older models of Epson Printers. 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. You can check out this link, supplied by WES, to see different lubrications: http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/oil.html ...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 4, 2005 at 12:24pm Add comment
I'll give it a try and let you know...
by Michael on Jan 4, 2005 at 1:12pm Add comment