I have a new Mac and consequently no software for my five year old Epson 1290. Do you know how I run the head cleaning utility using only the buttons on the printer? I'd appreciate your advice.
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After cleaning the heads with the warm water did you run the cleaning procedure through the printer again??
Cleaning the head with warm water is great, but you need to run the cleaning process after to prime the ink from the cartridge to the head.
Also be sure to remove any Air-Hole stickers that may be on the cartridges.
I hope this helps
It might be caused by waste ink at bottom plate around head sprayer. For some CISS (bottle) design, ink will flow to head, and then flow to pad, when printer off. So, you must close respiratory hole at bottle when printer is not used. For cleaning, turn off printer (unplug power) when head is not in parking position. Move head to center. Put wet tissue (with cleaner or hot water) at top of pad (at head cleaning mechanics). Move head to parking position. So bottom plate contact with tissue. Wait for 10 minutes, repeat 3 times. Check nozzle.
Hey, sounds like the print heads, but replacing all the cartridges is best option first sometimes fixes the problem, if it dont you should look for epson 1290 cleaning cartridges on the internet they aint expensive, as head cleaning doesnt always unblock the print heads...
I decided to have another go at sorting out my 'lines' problem and have sorted it.
See if this might work for you:
I had previously done the head cleaning via the printer itself - holding the central ink/paper black button for 3 secs.
This time I went to the Epson 1290 window on my Mac and clicked on the utility box. Though the Nozzle check print came out fine I went ahead and did the head cleaning in this box.
The next print came out almost perfect so I ran the Head cleaning again and it printed a perfect print.
Hope this might work for you. Keep on trying! All the best. Trant