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asked Mar 30, 2005 at 2:07pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

Epson 1200 paper feeding

I have an Epson 1200 that used to work. The paper begins to feed but it does not reach the ink heads. (The printer will proceed to print as though there is paper.) So i think there is something wrong with a set of rollers or a feeding mechanism inside the printer. I have tried trouble shooting by making sure there is nothing in the printer, sliding the paper guard back and forth and also by using heavier paper. Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Mj: The only thing I can suggest, is that you use a Service Manual for reference in disassembly, troubleshooting and servicing. Once you get that "Top Cover Assembly" off, you can get a better look at that paper feed assembly and area. Either there is a foreign object blocking the actual paper path, the paper feed roller is not actually turning, or there is some other hardware/parts related problem, thats stopping the paper from feeding correctly. There is a free download of an "Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Service Manual", from fixyourownprinter.com, at http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/reference/manuals/public/epson . That manual may be of some help in troubleshooting your printers paper feed problem...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 30, 2005 at 2:15pm Add comment
Hi, I recently was given one of these printers because it didn't work, and I found the exact same problem as you describe here. It would start to pull the paper in, but the paper wouldn't get far enough, then it would start printing back and forwards in the usual fashion, and at the end of the print cycle it would display the paper feed error light.
I took the cover off, had a good look, couldn't see anything wrong, so put a dozen sheets of paper in the hopper and rotated the feed gear by hand. I noticed that as the paper started to feed, at the point where it stopped going through, the centre of the paper was starting to fold. This gave me the impression of something being stuck in the paper path. I didn't fancy dismantling the mechanism, so I did this: took a piece of paper and fed it backwards through the row of small round grey rollers, turning the feed gear slowly by hand. It's a bit hard to turn but it will go backwards, do it gently. The paper effectively is now going in reverse, towards the paper hopper, and as it came through it pushed a piece of flat hardwood out to where I could see it and grab it. The offending "foreign object" must have fallen into the paper hopper area, then been pulled forwards sufficiently that I could not see it. This piece of wood was about 40mm long, 20 mm wide and 3 mm thick. It was this that was stopping the paper from going through. After removing it, the paper fed normally and printing was restored! Give it a shot. This saved me at least $80 in technician's fees.
by Studio1 on Sep 7, 2005 at 4:00am Add comment