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My epson 1280 will not print

It keeps saying "communication error" then"turn printer on and off to reset"-I have done that , also checked all connextions(the printer was printing fine minutes before it started doing this) paper is not jammed, ink is fine, cover is tightly closed-I can't figure it out

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What is your operating system? Windows 2000, XP, Vista or You are running on a Mac OS 10.4.x or 10.5.x and what is the processor. We will need that info so we can further assist you.
By the way for the mean time you may want to try this.


This is what you can call a stand alone test for your printer.

To make sure your printer is physically functioning you can try this.

1. Turn the printer off by holding down the POWER button for about 3 seconds.

2. Disconnect the printer cable that is connecting printer to the computer.

3. Load A4 or LETTER size paper in the sheet feeder on the back of the printer.

4. Hold down the PAPER button and press the POWER button to turn on the printer. Then, release only the POWER button. Continue holding down the PAPER button until the POWER light starts to flash, and then release it.

5. The printer will print a pattern displaying a number and a nozzle pattern with black & color. Examine the nozzle check pattern that has printed. Each staggered horizontal line and straight vertical line should be complete.

If the Nozzle Check Pattern page does not print, prints with gaps or some of the colors do no appear, then there is an issue with the printer. That means that troubleshooting is required on the printer prior to using printer on the computer.

If the Nozzle Check Pattern page prints correctly and completely, the problem may lie within your software settings, the interface cable, or your computer. Which like I said earlier we will need the additional info about your computer. Keep us posted so we can help you out.

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