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Epson 1290 printer

I am getting magenta and cyan horizontal lines on my print outs - strangely - just where areas of type or colour are on the page.  I have done nozzle check and head cleaning.  When printing in black only  a few coloured lines still appear. Any ideas? Thanks a million, Trant

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  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    I have the same problem, although it's just cyan line appearing. The only thing that gets rid of it is if I print a couple of pages... by the third it's gone! Not good for the ink consumption tho.


  • shongalolo Sep 18, 2008

    same prob, no idea of fix I'm afraid. Some prints come out fine, others covered in lines. Pooh.

  • foresthouse Mar 12, 2009

    i have horizontal lines throughout my printouts whether they are text or photos. unlike HP's epson catridges don't have the head as part of the catridge so short from taking the whole printer apart to get at the heads, i am stumped as to how to rectify the problem. running head cleaning and recharge doesn't help.

  • Eimear Gallagher Apr 01, 2009

    I have this same annoying problem with Epson 1290 - fine cyan and magenta horizonal lines appearing wherever there is other print. Has anyone sorted this one out in the meantime. Eimear


  • Nadira Nadira Tyabji May 12, 2013

    Similar problem/Solution as with mine.

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Fix posted yesterday BUT after a few perfect print outs the problem seems to be recurring.... will report back later. Trant

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