asked Feb 17, 2007 at 5:06pm
Epson Epson Stylus CX3600

Epson Stylus CX3650 init problem: loud whirring

I've searched the forum and found a few references but no solutions or explanations mentioned to my issue. It seems to affect CX3500, CX3600 as well as CX3650. I didn't know if CX-3500 or CX-3600 searches would turn anything up. They did bring more articles but no solutions.

I turn on the printer (which I've had for a year or two now) and the printhead assembly runs left and right as normal and the printer seems just about finished the initialisation process when suddenly with the printhead on the right near the locked position, we get a very loud whirring/grinding/vibrating with the orange band/belt jumping up and down as if some gear or cog somewhere hasn't really properly engaged. The first few times it did this I disconnected power immediately for fear it was going to do some damage. But then I left it on to see what happens and all the lights come on with the digit display showing E.

I have checked for obvious blockages, but there don't seem to be any. I don't know exactly what it's trying to do at that point. I wonder if it's related to head cleaning.

Other useful information: I recently installed a continuous ink flow system which has been great. I've used them successfully on several epson printers and they're the main reason I recommend epsons to others. However a few days/weeks after setting this one up these symptons arose. I don't know if it's related.

So. What's going on and what can I do to investigate further and solve the problem?