I have had my epson 2200 for years adn love it. i had recently had a new print head installed. now i am getting beautiful results from my prints except the first 1/4 inch. when it starts printing i get a discolored band across the first 1/4 inch of every photo i print. what would be the cause of this? susie q2u
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Try "Head Cleaning". you can find it under printer properties, maintenance tab, then hit on head cleaning. once done, hit on print check pattern, please continue doing this until the print out goes clearer. after this, try to print a document again.
i hope this helps.
- System Preferences - Print & Fax - Select Epson Stylus Photo 2200 - Open Print Queue - In the top right corner of the Queue window click the Utility button - Epson Printer Utility will open where you can check the levels and run cleanings and nozzle checks, etc.
Your print head probably has crusted ink on it, as the heads are built into Epsons. If you have tried cleaning, deep cleaning, and then priming (the last 2 aren't available on all Epsons), and it is still banding, you have 2 options:
Disassemble the printer and soak the head in alcohol and hope it works
get a new printer.
Heads on an Epson are too expensive to bother swapping out.
I don't know if this will help as my printer is a different model (the epson stylus photo r280) but I have been battling the vertical line issue for weeks, ever since getting a new imac. I am printing altered photos from photoshop on epson ultra premium matte photo paper. After trying every conceivable setting, and spending an hour with less than helpful tech support from epson (where they insisted I needed to download new drivers) I just resolved it this morning at last by increasing the dpi setting on the print function to beyond what I would normally use(1440x 1440 rather than what I had been using at 720).
The prints came out great at last!
On my older computer with this same printer the prints came out fine at the lower setting. But for some reason it appears that the higher setting is now necessary to eliminate those dreaded lines.
Did you try cleaning the decoder strip? It is located behind the print head, looks like the tape inside a cassette tape. If it has ink splatter or a smudge on it carefully wipe it down with a paper towel (damp). It may be easier to remove it, careful not to stretch the little spring on the left side.