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I'm assuming these are lines going across the paper and are regularly spaced about the distance covered by one pass of the ink cartridge carrier.
The most common cause is a problem with an ink cartridge. The quickest solution is to replace the ink cartridge(s) if you have new ones on hand. Well-defined, one pixel-wide lines of a particular color are caused by a leaky ink jet (sometimes if the leak is severe they will spread out or have blotches along the line. Smeary lines are caused by lint on the bottom of the head. Blank lines, or lines missing a color, are caused by a clogged jet.
The next most effective solution is to clean the bottom of the ink cartridge by gently wiping it with a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol (available at drug stores). Unfortunately, most Epson printers will refuse to use a cartridge that has been removed and put back in the printer. You may be able to fool the printer by opening the cartridge cover, then pulling the power plug and USB cable as soon as the cartridges move to the middle for changing. Then you can remove, clean and replace the cartridges before your reconnect the cables. While you have the cartridges out, polish the electrical contacts on the cartridges and inside the printer, using a clean, soft white pencil eraser of the type typically found on mechanical pencils (especially if you are getting blank lines).
Occasionally, a blank line is caused by a bad connection between the traveling cartridge ribbon cable and the printer logic board. In this case, a new cartridge will have exactly the same problem as the old one. This can sometimes be repaired by disconnecting and cleaning the ribbon cable at the logic board if it has a removable connector with a pencil eraser. (Note - if the connector has a locking slide collar or flip-up latch you need to unlock it before pulling the ribbon; otherwise, the ribbon simply pulls out). Some printers use crimp-on fittings instead of a removable connector; the only thing you do for this is squeeze the crimps a bit tighter with pliers and hope it works. The hardest part is disassembling the printer so you can get at the other end of the cable. This can take quite some time, so you'll have to decide whether it's worth the effort.
Note: do not touch the electrical contacts in the cable or the cartridges with your fingers. Static electricity discharge from your body can damage the circuitry. Similarly, if you end up trying to clean the other end of the cable, avoid touching the circuitry on the circuit board, or the contacts on the cable if the ink cartridges are installed.
Posted on May 17, 2011
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