asked Mar 11, 2005 at 12:09pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

Epson 1200 alignment issues

My epson 1200 has started printing large pictures with a strange alignment. It begins printing correctly, then aprox 2" down, the print head slams into the left side makes a screaching noise (the belt I suppose)then begins printing again, but off center. Prints aprox 2" inset from the margin. When it gets close to the bottom of the photo, again about 2" it slams into side repeating the smae screaching and then prints the last 2" back in the original correct position. I have tried several large 13x19 prints and the exact pattern repeats in the same places.. Any help or should I trash it..

Thank you
Try to wipe down the encoder strip that the carriage assy is moving back and forth on with some alcohol or something non-abrasive to get any ink or stuff off of it
by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2005 at 12:37pm Add comment
Scott: 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 print 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 [Epson C40UX, C44UX, C62]. A drop or two of a Teflon based lubrication or Tri-Flo lube is best on the older models of most 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. After the carriage assembly is cleaned & lubed, then you should perform the "Printhead Alignment Procedure" thru the PRINTER PROPERTIES UTILITY thats loaded onto your Computer System. That alignment can be thrown off because of a dirty and or dry carriage assembly. Sometimes people will simply do a re-alignment without cleaning & lubing that assembly. That simply does a quick fix that usually does not last long. Once that assembly is cleaned & lubed, the actual alignment is then usually off, from those previously done re-alignments and or the sticking & binding caused from when that assembly was dirty and or dry. You can check out this link, supplied by WES, to see different lubrications: http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/oil.html and also this link provided by WES, http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/glide.html , to see some general information on "Carriage Guide Shaft Maintenance"...Its probably to late by now, but you should only use water to clean the Encoder Strips, as most inks are water based. Its possible that alcohol or other cleaning solutions, may actually dissolve and wipe off the actual encoder marks and then your printer will not work at all...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 16, 2005 at 11:21am Add comment