Question about Epson Stylus Pro 7880 InkJet Printer
A Tech we hired changed the carriage motor. Before he arrived the printer was printing fine in bidirectional setting on the rip software. The next print after he finished and left on his way, we started getting a off alignment from the second pass. The tech claims it was the rip software. Funny, we hooked it up to another model and it printed fine. After he came back and did several tests from his service laptop and auto alignment on the printer, he still claims it was the rip software that worked fine before he serviced the printer. After upgrading the new software $500 later. We tried bidirectional again with obviously the same result. If he did nothing wrong, then I think it was a flawed part. If I can't solve the problem, I would prefer to just by another printer and write off the $495 for the service call. At least I will have the latest rip software and a new printer. Has anyone ever experienced this?
That sounds like your wiper blade that cleans the drum between prints is showing some wear and not cleaning properly.
Running a cleaning cycle may help, but it is likely that wiper blade needs to be replaced. Hope It's resolve all Your Printer Problem,
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
None of these answers are accurate. I know precisely what your problem is, and you aren't going to like what I have to say. What you are experiencing will happen eventually to every Epson printer and there is nothing you can do about it other than to buy a new printer. I have an Epson Stylus Photo 895 ( a 500 dollar printer in its day), which has the same issue. I am just waiting for my ink cartridges to run out in order to buy a new one.
Endless research on google has turned up that there is no solution to this problem. The issue you are having is with the Epson print head, which uses piezo technology. What that means is that unlike HP or Canon printers which are thermal, piezo uses a small piezoelectrical cell to force ink out of the chamber. It has advantages over thermal in that thermal requires a precise temperature to get ink on the page (what actually happens is that ink is heated, it forms a bubble, and the bubble bursts onto the page, hence the name BubbleJet). Therefore, the ink has to have fairly precise thermal ink properties making it more expensive to manufacture. Also, the ink on a BubbleJet (or HP) is wetter when it hits the page, and since the ink is heat resistant or order to properly form the bubble, the printer needs to incorporate a fast drying technology which consumes more energy. The massive advantage of thermal is that the print head is on the cartridge, not on the printer itself; change your cartridges, get a brand new print head. It makes cartridges more expensive, but reduces problems such as what you are experiencing.
Piezo on the other hand, always shoot ink through the same print head. Once the head become damaged over time, the piezoelectric cell is no longer accurately pushing out the ink, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you are lucky, it is only dried ink in the print head, but I can almost guarantee you that it is not. Dried ink can be cleaned by repeated head cleanings, even manual ones involving rubbing alcohol. However, I know that those pink lines are caused by the deterioration of the cell, and cannot be fixed. If if were only dried ink, you wouldn't be limited to just pink lines on the page, you would see other colours. If the cell is not doing its job, the lines are always pink (often called magenta when you google this problem). The solution is to acquire a new print head. Unfortunately, the cost of replacing an Epson print head is IDENTICAL to the cost of a new Epson printer.
So basically you have no choice, you need to buy a new printer. Were I you, I would purchase a new thermal inkjet printer so that you get a new print head with every cartridge. Look around before you buy to find out exactly how much the cartridges will cost, and then you will know which brand to buy. Although piezo *can* make for a cheaper printer at the outset, Epson simply charged what HP and Canon do for their replacement cartridges because that is what people are used to paying, but you really do get more in a thermal inkjet catridge.
Sorry for the bad news,
Posted on Oct 25, 2007
It's NOT a cartridge if this works... I had a similar problem with a 9600 I bought on eBay that had been inoperable over 18 months. Three colors would NOT clear up after multiple power cleanings. Epson support politely solved the issue at no charge on the phone... he had me drop a few drops of warm water on the pad the printhead rests on when not printing. You have to move the printhead to the left to do that by moving up the little lever near the cutter. The pad is easier to reach with a long eye dropper. I used very warm water- not boiling. I replaced the printhead over the warm water pad for an hour. Then I repeated the process and let it be for another 60 minutes. Then I did a nozzle check and what was gummed up yellow, cyan, and magenta nozzles became clear and it's worked fine since. Good luck!
Posted on Oct 28, 2007
SOURCE: Epson RX500 printing problems
Please go to my website http://www.the-inkstore.co.uk . I have the latest version of SSC Service Utility to download directly onto your computer and instructions on how to use it, what to click on etc etc. Click any of the Epson links if you can't find it, everything you need to know will be there, including printer Firmware resetting which sorts out a multitude of problems.
The 'maintenance required' problem with Epson printers has absolutely nothing to do with which cartridges you are using, it is a built in page counter in your printer firmware, which has a different maximum amount for each Epson model. Don't listen to old wives tales and heresay, we are the experts and it's an Epson scam to cause a lot of people to pay for maintenance or throw their printers away.
I haven't found a model that can't be reset with the latest version of SSC Serve or the manual reset on my site.
For Epson RX500 users there is also a manual reset on my site, as the SSC Serve software won't do it for you.
When using the program & choosing your printer from the list, it may have a weird name with 'x' in the model number, this is because some configurations are for many models in a series. For example, the C46 will be listed as C4x as it is for the C42, C44 & C46 models.
I hope this helps all Epson users to overcome the Epson scam of page counting and locking out until you pay their dealers money for maintenance.
If you like what I've done for Epson users, please show your appreciation by spreading the word and perhaps buying your ink from my site.
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Posted on Jul 15, 2008
Driver could be corrupt.
Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
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