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Old Nov 18, 2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Hi, my 1290 keeps printing unwanted horizontal blue lines even if I am just printing out black text and the higher quality print setting I chose, the more blue lines appear on the page. I have ran the cleaning program several times and changed cartridges, but it is not helping. I use original Epson inks and the printing check pattern prints out perfectly.Does it need a proper clean and if so how do you do that?

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Old Nov 18, 2006, 10:25 PM   #2
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This is a known problem with the 1270/1290 printers -- do a Google search and see.

First, try it on another computer or at least remove and re-install the drivers.

If this doesn't help. and particularly if the lines extend past the limits of the printed area, you most likely have a failed print head or circuit board -- that's expensive...
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Old Nov 18, 2006, 10:57 PM   #3
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Hi Joanne,

As 'Idle' said before, the dreaded 'blue line' usually
means your print head is caput. My 1270 got "it" after
thousands of prints, and it just wore out even after
spending big bucks to get it fixed. Sorry for the bad
news. It's not worth getting it fixed, IMO.

My newer 1280 is actually a better printer and the head
has outlasted my 1270... but my 1280 is near done too.
(got a new one tho in the box tho. :G

Printers just wear out.

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Old Nov 19, 2006, 8:41 AM   #4
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Oh crumbs I didn't realise that it was quite so bad. :shock:

Last night I reinstalled the driver and it has so far been ok, but I wont hold out any lasting hope. At least thanks to you two, I wont waste any money paying an engineer 'just to look at it' and then tell me its not worth repairing.

Looks like I best start reviewing new printers.
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