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Epson Stylus Photo 1290 InkJet Printer


I have an Epson Stylus Photo 1290 InkJet Printer which I use for sublimation printing. Had for a while now but all of a sudden I cannot print. I turn on the printer the the middle red light flashes alternate with the green light. I use a bulk fill bottle fed ink system and the bottles are full so there is no shortage of ink.

I wondered if there may be a blockage or air blockage or something, any idea how to fix this problem?



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  • Buddyc9 Oct 15, 2007

    Hi I found this on the web:

    Procedure for 1290 and possibly 890 printers

    1290 printer with green (power / data) and red (ink / paper feed) lights flashing alternately:

    1. Switch off printer with panel switch;
    2. Switch off printer at mains switch - leave off for 20+ seconds;
    3. Hold down roll feed and sheet feed buttons;
    4. Switch on at mains;
    5. Switch on at printer panel;
    6. Continue to hold down roll and sheet feed buttons until both green and red lights flash together in synchronisation, not alternately;
    7. Switch printer off and then, after a few seconds, on again at mains switch;
    8. When red and green lights are both flashing in synchronisation, release the roll and sheet feed buttons;
    9. Press and hold down the ROLL FEED button (the one at the extreme left) and keep it down until the machine finishes whirring, cleaning etc and the green light comes on steady;
    10. Release the roll feed button and all should be well.

    Worked a treat.  Thank you for your help.



  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2007

    this worked for me but only when i switched it off at the mains exactly as instructed - i tried to do it by pulling out the power cord (i know - but you should see how many wires there are in our office, it took me 1/2 an hour to set it up with it's own socket) anyway, pulling out the cord doesn't work, only switching it on and off at the mains does.

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2008

    This helped wonders, saves buying a new printer

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I started it 2 hours ago. green light is still blinking.



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This is a maintenance request. Basically the internal counter has hit it's limit and now requires that the counter is reset and the ink pads are replaced or cleaned.

Ask at if they do a Rescue Kit for your machine. This should include all the goodies you need to get running again. If they have no kit for machine, let me know as I may have an alternative.

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