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I have received a used Epson Stylus Photo R260 printer and when I turn it on, there is a noise, somewhat of a whirring shrill sound, and the ink cartridge container tries to move but cannot. When this happens, the power light goes off and the low ink and out of paper red lights start blinking. It appears to be the mechanism for transporting the print heads and cartridges that cannot move is the problem. How can I repair this problem, I am willing to try to fix it myself, if I had the right directions to do so.

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  • hts1101 Sep 30, 2010

    thanks for trying, but the solution you recommended did not work. The band that transports the cradle for the print heads/cartridges is what's making the sound. The printer tries to go through the start up sequence which moves the cradle. However, the cradle does not move, but when I try moving it manually, it is free to move in either direction. I am using genuine Epson ink cartridges, so that's not an issue. If I knew of some way to get the transport band to work with the cradle, I think everything would be ok. As it is, I can't get away from the two red lights blinking constantly.
    Thanks again for trying.

  • hts1101 Sep 30, 2010

    the issue seems to be the transport belt that moves the print head/ink cartridge cradle does not move at startup, but it is moving freely after the two red light error is shown. Is there anything that will diagnose this problem and propose a fix for it?

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Hi,
You can download the service manual from below website and you can fix your Epson stylus R260.
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Hold down the Load/Eject button, The cleaning button. Press the Load/eject button again while pressing the Paper End indicator light is flashing. Timing is the key to getting it right.

A Service Error where all LED's/Lights are blinking at the same time, is normally a Maintenance Request Error. The maintenance request error is actually a Waste Ink Ink Pad Error and normally your remedy is to replace the Waste Ink Pad/Pads with a new one/ones and then reset the Internal Waste Ink Pad Counter. If you just reset the counter and don't replace the pads, then your printers old pads will eventually overflow and normally start leaking ink out the bottom of your printer. Some people actually wash the ink out of the old pads, by holding them under running cold water, then dry them out and simply reinstall them back into their printer. The choice on what to actually do, is yours to make. I would at least recommend getting that Waste Ink Counter reset procedure and performing it first, to make sure your printer will then work

You may also try reseating the ink cartridges. By the way, are you using a genuine epson ink cartridge. Usually, light indicators will show up and is telling you that the printer cannot read the cartridges especially if they are the generic ones.

Have a good one!

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