Epson 1290 issue

Nick_Hilton 14 575 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 1:03AM

Please could someone offer some advice. My Epson 1290 has started to print like the attached no matter what i send to it. I have tried this printer on 2 different computer setups one of which was a fresh installation of Windows XP but it still just prints blocks. Does anyone know what this fault is?


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jken 13 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 8:01AM
That looks like some kind of board issue, ie it can't interpret the data. It's a very old printer now, I use one for letters etc. Think you'll need to buy a new printer as a repair is going to cost more than it's worth.
Railcam 13 797 2 Scotland
27 Dec 2010 10:44AM
Before giving up, try reinstalling the driver CD. It may just do the trick.
MikeH 15 217 4 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 12:23PM
Hi Nick,
I had this once with my old 1290. After some messing with no results I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. I had no further problems although have now moved up to a 2400.
dcash29 14 2.4k England
27 Dec 2010 1:25PM
Try a different cable or refresh the parallel port by deleting it

If that doesn't work wait until Epson are open and contact one of their SERVICE CENTRES near you.

Remember, repairs don't always cost the earth unlike a new A3+ printer and cartridges
Nick_Hilton 14 575 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 1:42PM
thnaks for the replies. I have never seen this fault before and it just happened after 8 years of good operation. I have tried a fresh installation of windows XP and it did not work.
f8 16 9.2k 22 England
27 Dec 2010 3:16PM
dcash29's solution is the better option so far,I had issues with mine just before Christmas took it to my local Epson service centre, 5days later and 35.00 plus vat I have it working in good order again.Good luck.
Nick_Hilton 14 575 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 3:45PM
Just rung a few Epson centers local to me and the cheapest is 60 to look at it. But if it needs parts then they will not replace them as they dont have parts for 1290 - not really helpful at all for a group of service centers
Nick_Hilton 14 575 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 4:06PM
does anyone know if you can press a combination of buttons to get a test print without being connected to a computer for the 1290?
dcash29 14 2.4k England
27 Dec 2010 5:43PM
Do you mean something like THIS ?

Scroll and select your printer then scroll down again to view
Nick_Hilton 14 575 2 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 5:45PM
thanks thats what I wanted!

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