asked Jan 27, 2009 at 4:32am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 740

Epson SC740 overprints last/first line of page


Hardware: iMac 2.4 Ghz Intel Core Duo; Epson Stylus Color 740
Software: Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.4, TextEdit v1.5, Epson Printer utility 2, v3.0.9

Text is written with TextEdit and saved as .doc (Word 97) files.
Problem: On a typical run of 40 A4 pages printed (low quality, black and white) in reverse order, with only 23 lines, double-spaced, per page, about a dozen pages in random order (1) have the last line overprinted with the last line of the previous page, i.e. the next page to be printed. For example, the last line of page 22 is printed over the last line of page 23, then, correctly, on p. 22. Faulty pages individually reprinted later are OK.

(1) Pages 36, 35, 32, 27, 23, 17, 16, 15, 14, 9, 5

The next time I printed an article, I didn’t check the Reverse Order box ; this time, some first lines were overprinted too, again, in no particular order, on a 33-page run: 02, 04, 05, 11, 13, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 29*, 32. (asterisks for the first lines). Again, on some pages, the last line is overprinted with that of the previous page: for instance, the last line of page 1 is printed on p. 1, then over the last line of p. 2. But, when the top line is overprinted, it’s with the top line of the *next* page; for instance, the first line of page 30 is printed over the first line of page 29, then, correctly on p. 30.

This seems to be purely a software problem between Leopard (and/or TextEdit?) and the SC 740, since its prints correctly the same texts from my old iBook with Mac OS 9.2. Of course I have downloaded the latest SC 740 updates from the Epson website, although they were already in the Leopard package. I don’t want to buy a new printer (one of those no longer compatible with Mac OS 9) as long as I don’t know exactly what’s wrong here. I could perhaps download the lengthy Leopard 10.5.6 update to be in the clear.

I had already noticed a bug when printing from TextEdit on the SC 740: although the « Print headers and footers » box was checked and both appeared in the Preview window, the headers (Filename, date and time) were printed, but not the footers (page numbers). However, that was when I saved my TextEdit files in the defaut .rtf format. No problem now with the .doc files.