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High Quality printing failure

I received a broken printer, but all there was to it was a slightly dried ink cartridge and an internal error, leaving printer seemingly unresponsive. After pushing the right combination of buttons and cleaning/realigning the print head, the printer prints pretty well, but only on draft mode.
If I try to print higher quality, the printer starts printing and then completely stops, giving an error:

"A general error has occurred.
Delete the all print jobs in the EPSON Spool Manager and turn the printer off. Check for foreign objects that could be jammed inside the printer."

The two ink lights are lit, and the other two are flashing.
Does anyone have any ideas what I can do about this? I don't see anything that could be jammed. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place? Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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Hi, try putting a little 3 in 1 light oil on the bar thgat the print head runs on, the 'bale bar' as it is called can get dry and jam, only put a little oin in 6 or 7 places otherwise, you may end up with oil in the parer drive mechanism.

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