Please Help. I have an Epson 2200 which has been working fine till now. I am printing a series of photos on 6"x4" Epson Durabrite Photo paper. The first three printed fine and then I started getting vertical bars through the rest of them. I ran all the utilities - nozzle check, print head alignment, and head cleaning. All the test pages generated also have the vertical bars running through them, but all three things check out ok.
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Re: Vertical bars through printout
Look closely at the marks on the print, and in particular the distance between the lines. Now look into the printer through the paper exit path. Take note of the metal star wheels.
Does the distance between the lines match that of the distance between the star wheels? If so then the plate that the start wheels are mounted into may have dropped.
You can remedy this by gently lifting the plate back up by hand. Set the machine as if you where going to print a CD and simply lift the start wheel plate at each end. Do not force it or apply too much pressure. Ease it up and then try it again. If it needs more adjustment repeat and check again.
If the marks appear to be caused bu ink on one set of rollers or another, pass a really thick piece of card (like off the back of an A4 refill pad) through the paper path. Spray the rollers with a cleaning solution or windowlene (windex) and then pass the card through. This will help to clean off any ink. Again you can repeat this process as neccessary.
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If you haven't done so, run the alignment setup again.
If that doesn't work, put in new cartridges and see if there are still lines in your printout. This will check if it's a printer issue or cartridge issue.
Here's a PDF from epson on how to run the alignment setup. See page 11.
When printing from your pc after selecting print a box will appear with several options including printer preferences. Select this and you will be able to select best photo and the type of paper being used.
You don't need to do head alignment, because it is for vertical banding in printout. Vertical banding can be minimized by disabling high speed option without doing head alignment.
If your printout have horizontal white lines, do check nozzle and head cleaning, or you can minimize white lines by printing in best quality (photo).
Nozzle check must perfect for perfect output. There are tranversal lines at vertical straight lines that represent same point of head micro piezo. If tranversal lines no clog at all, but vertical straight lines not perfectly straight, the result not good (like horizontal white banding). Check it? Head aligment is for vertical banding. If your result is horizontal banding, you don't need to realign head. It's caused by some residual at the output of head sprayer. So, the spray of ink not straight to paper. Try to print with photo/best photo.
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.
First try to print something. You never know it might work. Also you might try very carefully applying a small amount of sewing machine oil on the bar the print head is attached to then again very carefully and slowly move the head back and forth along the bar. It might just be that the bar is dirty and dry and needs a little bit of lubrication.
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Vertical lines suggest [you do mean vertical do you - up/and down?] is new one to me
Printing CD's is not a 2200 thing, it is the province of the R series.
Printing lables is easy purchase CD labels and suitable CD print software - A kit including labels software and label applicator is available at many computer stores
Other labels- download the Avery-Dennison free lable software.