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Anyone know how to fix banding in dark areas of photographs?

Anyone know how to fix banding in photographs with the Epson R1800. And please don't tell me to clean the heads, they've been repeatedly cleaned and aligned and all the confirmation printouts are without any missing lines...

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I see your problem. You need smap and eject adjusment (PF adjusment), using R1800 adjsument program. Try to find at indoreset.blogspot.com

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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You might be able to access it manually only at certain cycle point while unplugging the power in mid cycle. I saw the thing after removing the print head for cleaning. Have a snapshot of it. Covered in hardened gunk. My problem was that after cleaning and reassembly printer will initiate properly, park the head but when attempting to print on paper or CD it would shut off. In paper mode the carriage moves all the way to the left and turns off the moment it tries to pull paper in. The green light goes off, when power button is lightly touched it will recover, go through the cycle and repeat the same when another print job is sent to it. While in CD print mode it shuts of while the carriage is on the right side and is getting ready to pull the CD tray in. I'm thinking the data-ribbon was still moist from head soaking, drying and spraying it with compressed air was not sufficient. Somehow it screwed up the communication/head alignment procedure. Will get back to it and report if I'll get any positive results. Any input will be appreciated of course. Seen few post with the same exact result of a print head cleaning attempt. It seems Epson designed those things to fail one way or another. First you go through a set or two of cartridges just to get rid of the constant clogging, when that does not work and you try to clean it it will fail in some other fashion, unbelievable. Last Epson I ever bought. They will bleed you dry, while frustrating and annoying the hell out of you in the meantime. To those neah sayers, yes I am using OEM carts, and no R1800 is not some econo class printer you throw away after 1 yr. I have actually payed $560 for it, betting it will last. 8x$14 each time carts need to be replaced and more of them got drained in constant cleaning cycles then actually printing. Got few months of semi successful performance, then nothing but problems. Stay away people ! "Made in Japan" no longer stands for anything. Shame on you Epson !

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HEAD CLEANING DOES NOT FIX GAPS IN NOZZLE CHECK


Head cleaning is for fixing horizontal band. If some point of head cloged, print out will show horizoantal banding. For vertical banding, try using head alignment. Have yo tried printing without high speed (disable high speed option)

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My yellow ink head on my r1800 printer is clogged.


If it is within warranty then contact epson support. If not and normal head cleaning doesnt work then try a print head cleaning solution such as:
http://websites.uk-plc.net/UK_Inkjet_Cartridges_PLUS/products/Print_Head_Cleaner.htm

Hope this helps.

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R1800 head streaks


I have been plagued by the same problem - the nozzles don't appear clogged - yet on heavier media there is a definite abrasive sound - and its leaving horizontal bands. After many cleanings with no luck I tried cleaning the heads with a bunch of Q-Tips lightly coated in Windex. After removing a ton of black deposits - it didn't immediately fix the problem; frustrated I turned the printer off. The next morning when the clean-heads-on-power-up kicked in - I noticed a large amount of ink collected in the vacuum sponge. It seams the bit of reside left over from the cleaning may have finally dissolved what I can only guess was a large ink deposit that had hardened and was striking the media when heavier stock was loaded. At any rate - no more abrasive sounds - and more importantly no more horizontal banding.

To clean I disconnected the power when the head was traveling. Then the head was free to move as I gently tried using the Q-Tips to clean the heads.

Hope this helps.

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Rebuild Epson R1800?


You could run head cleaning from the driver a few times and see if the nozzles start to clear out. If you send it in for repair they run a solution through it that is supposed to clean it out. If the solution doesn't work the head is like a $400 part.

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I have the same problem. Your printer head is clogged. You can use the head cleaning utility within Epson. However, if that doesn't work, you may need to use a head cleaning solution.

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How to remove print head of epson stylus photo r1800


Had the same problem - but the print head is actually easy to remove.

1) Remove ink cartridges
2) Remove 3 Phillips head screws at the bottom of the cartridge housing. (looking down from the printer front - top left, bottom left, top right).
3) There are 2 small plastic tabs on a plastic bracket that secure the flex cable on the right hand side of the cartridge housing. Gently release the tabs with a small flat head screw driver.
4) Lift the print head straight up (don't pull on the flex).

There may be a release for the flex to separate from the print head. But I did not see one. Instead I poured 1/4" of Windex in the bottom of a small plastic container and soaked my print head for about 15 minutes (occasionally agitating).

Then put back in reverse order - be sure to seat the flex in the guide (top-back-right) of the cartridge housing before screwing down. Then run a cleaning or two to flush the cleaning fluid out of the print head. (I have a waste ink tank installed so I am not worried about dumping excessive ink into the waste sponges).

The differences was remarkable - though there was still slight banding - maybe should have soaked longer (1 hr perhaps?) - I may repeat if it remains an issue.

Additionally there were large solid deposits on the left side of the print head which were responsible for scraping heavier weight photo paper. These dissolved in the Windex too.




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