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Faint blue horizontal lines

Faint blue horizontal line show up when I print a document.  I have ran all the diagnostic tests such as cleaning of heads, alignment.  The ink level is about 50% full.  Any suggestions?

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  • sallylou Nov 05, 2007

    I have re installed my drivers for my printer. And I have tryed to clean the head mechanism by applying a few drops of windex. (this was suggested by another support tech) I also changed out the two cyan ink cartridges. I still have faint blue horizontal lines, Has anyone else had this problem with their epson stylus r2000 printer?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2008

    Photo was coming out real light, the black ink was low, so i replaced the black ink with a new one. Now the printer will not print any of the colors. Cleaned the head several times, still will not print any of the colors the photo comes out blank..

  • Visor4 Jan 10, 2009

    My problem is similar, but it happens with my black cartridges, and occurs mainly when printing on CDs. With plain paper, I see lines when printing a test page in "Text" quality mode, but when I bump it up to "Photo" quality, the bands go away. For CDs, the Epson Print CD program automatically sets the quality to "Best Photo" but the lines are still there when printing to CDs.

    Tried uninstalling and reinstalling the printer driver as the guy says below (on a side note, the uninstaller claims the driver version is 6.06E, even though the Epson website only provides a driver for version 5.5A. When I installed 5.5A, the installer still said it was 6.06E). At any rate, there was no change.

    I was using cartridges that were refilled by Island Inkjet. I swapped out the black cartridge with a geniune cartridge; same problem.

    Followed some of the print head / nozzle cleaning instructions provided here:

    Still no change.

    I saw a posting somewhere saying that it could be a problem with the logic board. Considering the age of the printer, it's not worth getting this looked at. I guess I'll just use up the rest of my ink and buy a Canon later this year.

  • Charles Durang Feb 05, 2009

    Just noticed that when printing from a PDF document, I don't get the lines! This tells me it's a driver, not a mechanical problem. (I;m assuming PDF has its own driver.) Every other print job gives me the lines.



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Try re-installing the printer driver it might be caused by a virus... if not then you need somebody to clean your printers head mechanism.. the blue cartridge might have messed an ink to its circuit.

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  • Rommel Balcita Nov 17, 2007

    Ok... can you try to install your printer to another computer, say to a friend to test if your computer is the problem or the printer itself. If it is the same problem then the printer has a problem with its data cable... If it is clean, no faint blue prints, then you have to re-install your computer.



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