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Epson 2100 printer

When switched on, the head moves to the left,stops at the end of travel and makes a grinding noise. At the same time all the red lights flash on and off.

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Re: epson 2100 printer

Hi, it sounds like you have a print roller error. Make sure nothing is in the path of the print carriage or stuck in the printer anywhere, espically paper. You can do this by looking up inside the printer, in the papaer feeder, and in the printer cartridge install area. Also try unplugging the printer from the wall for about 5min then plugging it back in. If nothing works, you can have an epson techician repair it but it would probably cost more than buying a good used printer or a new one. I can help you find a good used printer or a new one for less if you need to go this route.

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