bullygrl

asked Jun 4, 2005 at 1:14pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

shipped printer leaked ink What to do? Epson 1200

Hi all, new to this really great forum. Hope someone can give me advice!

I received a used Stylus Photo 1200 in the mail today, it was shipped sans ink carts but ink has leaked from the bottom of the printer
and around the print head. Since I am planning to install a CIS to print hex black, I would like to know what would be best to do.
I have no practical experience but I do have the service manuals, and a small amount of daring :-)

Should I:
1) open and clean ink close back up and go.
or replace the waste felt and reset prior to closing up, this is a used printer (how do I interface/reset the EEPROM)
2) purchase head cleaning carts and clean heads prior to installing CIS.
3) Leave it alone and ignore the ink, it'll go away.
4) Send this to a pro, as it is too complex for an amature.
5) better idea?

Note:
I have another 1200 that needs a new print head coming (bought for parts) in the mail. Would it be better to just switch the printheads?

Running Mac OSx 10.2.8

Thanks for any help!
Ideally, send it to a pro.

You can clean the printer yourself, get the covers off and get in there. Wear gloves. Oh and change the waste pads.

The SSC SERVICE UTILITY (do a search on GOOGLE) is a useful tool too.

The reason I suggested a pro do it, is because each printhead is unique and has its own electrical fingerprint. A pro should have the Epson Adjustment Programme that tunes the printhead to match it's own fingerprint. That way, the printhead electrics are spot on. You can use the printhead without the Adjustment Programme but the quality of the print can be degraded.

Hope this helps.

Trev
by Trev Pearson on Jun 5, 2005 at 12:54am Add comment
Hey trev, thanks for your input!

I opened up the printer and found the large waste ink pads saturated! The air transport and other rigors of shipping must have made the waste ink leak.
I cleaned that up (not too bad really) and washed dried the pads. I was considering buying replacement pads, but egad, they are expensive! 20 bucks (avg) for one, and I need 4!
Finishing the clean-up I noticed that there is dried caked ink on the pump housing, and ink in the gears inside the pump housing.
I'm now wondering if there is a bigger issue with the ink supply/pump/print heads that may need addressing. Maybe this is why the pads were saturated to begin with?
I will ask the seller for a history & bring in the unit to a pro if it does indeed have a checkered past!

Since I'm setting up a new station I may as well start out "clean"!
Jean


>Ideally, send it to a pro.

>You can clean the printer yourself, get the covers off and get in there. Wear gloves. Oh and change the waste pads.

>The SSC SERVICE UTILITY (do a search on GOOGLE) is a useful tool too.

>The reason I suggested a pro do it, is because each printhead is unique and has its own electrical fingerprint. A pro should have the Epson Adjustment Programme that tunes the printhead to match it's own fingerprint. That way, the printhead electrics are spot on. You can use the printhead without the Adjustment Programme but the quality of the print can be degraded.

>Hope this helps.

>Trev - bullygrl
Jean, I wouldn't worry too much about the ink around the pump housing. Spray the housing with Windex (I think that's what it's called in the US), it will flush away the caked on ink. Take the usual mopping up precautions.

The ink pads are saturated, possibly, because
A. The printer has done some hard work
B. The printhead became blocked, so the previous owner used a mess of ink to try the clean the head.
C. The printer has not been serviced in years.

I'm assuming that you are using the printer in conjunction with digital photography, if that's the case and you are replacing the printhead, go with a pro to set the head's electric's up properly.

Best wishes

Trev
by Trev Pearson on Jun 5, 2005 at 12:44pm Add comment
Oh and $20 for a waste pad!!! Do you have cotton wool balls in the US? Packed in tight, I bet they look like a waste pad.

Trev
by Trev Pearson on Jun 5, 2005 at 12:51pm Add comment
yeah, I thought it was a stupid amount of money to ask for a glorified nappy,
but I don't know if there is some special absorbant quality about the OEMs- or what, so I just rinsed the old ones out.
I'm thinking of felting an old wool blanket to cut new ones- if ever I come across this issue again.
probably will because my neighbor thinks he knows a guy that has one he wants to unload... then I can set up a color station too!
Actually I am setting up for fine art emulsion printing to use in collage, but also have a truckload of digi's that need printing.
Next I get to callibrate- oh boy!
by bullygrl on Jun 5, 2005 at 3:02pm Add comment