Question about Epson Stylus RX500 All-In-One InkJet Printer
I've recently discovered horizontzal banding, (left and right across the 81/2" width), in my 81/2 x 11 prints. It's most apparent in the lighter tones. I've done all the nozzle cleaning and head alignment to perfection. The problem is the print head alignment,(here on refered as P.H.A.), operation indicates that it is addressing the Vertical lines and banding, not the horizontal lines. Am I missing part of that procedure somehow. I have an Epson C88 at work and the P.H.A. does indeed have an additional operation that address the horizntal banding specifically. My RX500 has done a faithfully great job since I got it in Dec.2004 and I did have to override the "ink pad saturation point shut down" about 8 to 10 months ago. Can you tell me anything? Is it time for a new printer?
OK Guest - I'm sorry you aren't prepared to respond, so here's the best I can do without it.
Have you tried a cleaning cycle? If not, try one (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select head clean). Now run a nozzle check (right click the little printer icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select nozzle check). Is there any sign of ink on the paper. Try up to three cleaning cycles. If ink is now flowing, but not yet perfectly, don't carry out any more cleaning cycles. Just leave the printer for 24 hours (to allow any air in the print head to disperse). Then repeat the cleaning cycle/wait process. It may take a while to restore a perfect nozzle check print.
If you have already done lots of head cleans with no result, and you're sure you have good ink cartridges properly installed, then you can try soaking the print heads for 24 hours (or more), as follows. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean/nozzle check again. If still nothing, post a new comment detailing what you have done and the results.
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