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EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 





edge 
guides 


paper support 











printer cover 


control 
panel 


output tray 


printer output tray 
cover extensions 
support 


ink cartridge holders 
(not removable) 





thickness 





ink cartridge rollpaper maintenance power 
replacement button button button button 
roll paper adapter 
left roll roll paper right roll 
paper stopper paper holder 
holder 


uncurling sheet 


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Accessories 





User Replaceable Parts 


















































Part name Reference number | Part number 
Printer cover 101 1050101 
Printer cover support 110 1059610 
Paper support assembly, | 102 1043087 
including rear paper 

support 

Logo plate B 115 1051170 
Caution label 180 1061183 
Model name label 181 1063221 
Paper set label 182 1051405 
Roll paper adapter 800 1059609 
Left roll paper holder 801 1058169 
Right roll paper holder 802 1058170 
Roll paper stoppers 803 1058171 
Uncurling sheet 805 1052356 





Ink Cartridges 









































Cartridge Part number 
Black U.S.: T007201; Canada: T007311 
Color U.S.: T009201; Canada: T009311 
Media 
Media name Size Part number 
EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet | Letter S041060 
Paper A4 S041258 
A3 S040165 
Super B S041066 
EPSON High Quality Ink | Letter S041111 
Jet Paper 
EPSON Photo Quality Letter S041062 
Ink Jet Paper Legal S041067 
A3 S041068 
A4 S041061 
B S041070 
Super B S041069 
EPSON Photo Quality Letter S041072 
Glossy Film A6 S041107 
A4 S041071 
A3 S041073 
B S041075 
Super B S041074 
EPSON Photo Paper Letter (20 sheets) * 8041141 
Letter (100 sheets)* S041271 
Letter (500 sheets)* S041272 
4 x 6 inches (perforated) S041134 
4 x 6 inches (no perforations) * | 85041458 
Panoramic 8041145 
A4 S041140 
Roll (3.9 inches x 26.2 ft)* S041279 
Roll (13 inches x 32.8 ft)* S041233 

















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Media name Size Part number 
EPSON Ink Jet Letter S041064 
Transparencies A4 S041063 
EPSON Photo Quality | A6 S041054 
Ink Jet Cards 
EPSON Photo Stickers | A6, 16 frames per sheet S041144-KIT 
Kit (CD-ROM and 
paper) 
EPSON Photo Stickers | A6, 16 frames per sheet S041144 
(refill, paper only) 
EPSON Iron-On Cool Letter (10 sheets) S041153 
Peel Transfer Paper Letter (50 sheets) S041155 
EPSON Photo Quality | A4 S041106 
Self Adhesive Sheets 
Matte Paper - Letter* S041257 
Heavyweight A4 S041258 
8 x 10 inches* S041467 
11 x 14 inches* S041468 
EPSON Premium Letter* S041286 
Glossy Photo Paper 5 x 7 inches* S041464 
A4 S041285 
8 x 10 inches* S041465 
11 x 14 inches* S041466 
Roll (3.9 inches x 26.2 feet)* | 5041302 
Roll (8.3 inches x 26.2 feet) S041376 
Roll (13 inches x 32.8 feet)* 8041378 
EPSON Premium Letter* S041286 
Semigloss Photo Paper | Super B S041327 
A4 S041332 
Roll (3.9 inches x 26.2 feet)* | 5041329 
EPSON Premium Letter* S041405 
Luster Photo Paper A3 S041406 
Super B S041407 
Roll (8.3 inches x 26.2 feet) S041408 
Super B Roll (13 inches x 32.8 | 5041409 
feet)* 
EPSON Glossy Photo Letter* S041267 





Greeting Cards 




















* Supports true BorderFree 


TM 


(borderless) printing 


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Printer Specifications 





Printing 


Printing method 


On-demand ink jet 


Nozzle configuration 


Black 
Color 


Resolution 
Print direction 
Control code 
Input buffer 


Interface 


Mechanical 


Paper feed 
method 


Paper path 
Sheet feeder 
capacity 
Dimensions 


Storage 


Printing 


Weight 


Acoustic noise 


48 nozzles 
240 nozzles (48 each: cyan, magenta, 
yellow, light cyan, light magenta) 


Maximum 2880 dpi x 720 dpi 
Bidirectional with logic seeking 

ESC/P Raster," EPSON Remote 
256KB 

USB or IEFE 1284-compatible parallel 


Friction 
Sheet feeder, rear entry 


100 sheets of 17 lb (64 g/m°) paper 


Width: 23.6 inches (609 mm) 
Depth: 12.2 inches (311 mm) 
Height: 6.9 inches (175 mm) 


Width: 23.6 inches (609 mm) 
Depth: 30.2 inches (766 mm) 
Height: 16.3 inches (414 mm) 


18.5 lb (8.4 kg) without the ink cartridges 
42 dB 




















Electrical 

Specification 120 V Model 220-240 V Model 
Input voltage 99 to 132 V 198 to 264 V 
range* 

Rated frequency 50 to 60 Hz 

range 

Input frequency 49.5 to 60.5 Hz 

range 

Rated current 0.4 A 0.2 A 








Power consumption 








Approx. 15 W (ISO/IEC 10561 Letter Pattern) 
Approx. 3 W in standby mode 





* Check the label on the back of the printer for your printer's 


voltage. 





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Environmental Ink Cartridges 
Temperature Black ink cartridge Color ink cartridge 
Operation 50 to 95 °F (10 to 35 °C) Specification | (T007201) (T009201) 
Color(s) Black Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, 
x o o 
Storage to = aa Light Cyan, Light Magenta 
pene ( ) Print capacity* | 540 pages (3.5% ECMA at | 330 pages (5% each color 
Transit* —4 to 140 °F (—20 to 60 °C) 360 dpi, 370 pages 5% in | CcMmy [total 25%] in 
120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C) calculation) calculation) 
H idi ith d : Cartridge life 2 years from production date (if unopened) 
umiaity (without condensation) (within 6 months after opening package, at 77 °F 
Operation 20 to 80% RH [25 °Cl) 
Storage —4 to 104 °F (-20 to 40 °C) 
* o, 
Storage 5 to 85% RH temperature 1 month at 104 °F (40 °C) 
*Stored in shipping container Transit -22 to 140 °F (-30 to 60 °C) 
temperature 1 month at 104 °F (40 °C) 
Safety Approvals 120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C) 
Freezing 3.2 °F (-16 °C) —0.4 °F (-18 °C) 
Safety standards UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950 temperature** 
EMC FCC part 15 subpart B class B Dimensions 0.8 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches 1.9 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches 
(W x D x H) 20.1 x 66.85 x 38.5 mm 49.1 x 84.05 x 41.8 mm 
* The figure given is based on continuous printing after ink 





replacement. The actual print capacity may vary, depending on 
how often you turn on the printer and clean the print head. 

** Ink thaws and is usable after approximately 3 hours at 
77 °F (25 °C). 


pre To ensure good results, use genuine EPSON cartridges 
O T and do not refill them. Other products may cause 
w damage to your printer not covered by EPSON's 
warranties. 


Don't use an ink cartridge if the date on the package has 
expired. 


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Paper 
Paper type Size Paper types Thickness Weight 
Single sheets Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) Plain bond paper and special ink | 0.003 to 0.004 inch | 17 to 24 Ib 


Legal (8.5 x 14 inches) 

Half letter (statement, 5.5 x 8.5 inches) 
Executive (7.5 x 10 inches) 

A4 (210 x 297 mm) 

A5 (148 x 210 mm) 

A3 (297 x 420 mm) 

B (11 x 17 inches) 

Super B (13 x 19 inches) 


(64 to 90 g/m?) 
for plain bond 
paper 


jet papers distributed by EPSON _ |(0.08 to 0.11 mm) 
for plain bond 


paper 





Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) 

A3 (297 x 420 mm) 

A4 (210 x 297 mm) 

A6 (105 x 148 mm), glossy film only 

B (11 x 17 inches), glossy film only 
Super B (13 x 19 inches), glossy film only 


Transparencies and Photo 
Quality Glossy Film 


Transparencies and — = 
glossy film distributed by EPSON 





Premium Glossy Photo Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) 
Paper 5 x 7 inches 

A4 (210 x 297 mm) 

8 x 10 inches 

11 x 14 inches 

Roll (3.9 inches x 26.2 feet) 
Roll (8.3 inches x 26.2 feet) 
Roll (13 inches x 32.8 feet) 





Premium Glossy Photo Paper — — 
distributed by EPSON 





Matte Paper - Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) 
Heavyweight A4 (210 x 297 mm) 

8 x 10 inches 

11 x 14 inches 


Matte paper distributed by — — 
EPSON 








Self-adhesive sheets A4 (210 x 297 mm) 


EPSON Self-adhesive sheets — — 





No. 10, 4.1 x 9.5 inches (104 x 241 mm) 
DL, 4.3 x 8.7 inches (110 x 220 mm) 
C6, 4.4 x 6.4 inches (114 x 162 mm) 
132 x 220 mm (5.2 x 8.7 inches) 


Envelopes 


0.006 to 0.02 inch |12 to 20 Ib 
(0.16 to 0.52 mm) |(45 to 75 g/m?) 


Plain, bond, or air mail paper 











Index (ink jet) cards A6 (105 x 148 mm) 


Ink jet cards distributed by EPSON |— — 





Photo Paper Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) 

A4 (210 x 297 mm) 

4 x 6 inches (102 x 152 mm) 
Panoramic (8.3 x 23.4 inches) 
Roll (3.9 inches x 26.2 feet) 


Roll (13 inches x 32.8 ft) 


Photo paper distributed by EPSON |— — 





Photo Stickers A6 (105 x 148 mm), 16 frames/sheet 


Photo stickers distributed by — — 























EPSON 
Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer | Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) Transfer paper distributed by — — 
Paper EPSON 
Note: Use papers under these conditions: 


Always load paper into the sheet feeder short edge first, except for 
envelopes. Load envelopes flap edge first with the flap side down. 


Since the quality of any particular brand or type of paper may be 
changed by the manufacturer at any time, EPSON cannot attest to 
the quality of any non-EPSON brand or type of paper. Always test 
samples of paper stock before purchasing large quantities or printing 
large jobs. 


Poor quality paper may reduce print quality and cause paper jams and 


other problems. If you encounter problems, switch to a higher grade 
of paper. Do not load curled or folded paper. 


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Temperature: 59 to 77 °F (15 to 25 °C) 
Humidity: 40 to 60% RH 


Store printouts on EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film and Self 
Adhesive Sheets under these conditions: 

Temperature: 59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C) 

Humidity: 20 to 60% RH 


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Printable area 
































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envelopes 
A: For envelopes, index cards, and sheets printed with 
borders, the minimum top margin is 0.12 inch 
(3.0 mm). 


B-L: The minimum left margin for envelopes, index cards, 
and sheets printed with borders is 0.12 inch 
(3.0 mm). 


B-R: The minimum right margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm) for 
index cards and single sheets with borders; 0.28 inch 
(7.0 mm) for DL envelopes; 1.10 inch (28.0 mm) for 
No. 10 envelopes. 


C: The minimum bottom margin for envelopes, index 
cards, and single sheets with borders is 0.55 inch 
(14.0 mm). 


* You can reduce the minimum bottom margin to 
0.12 inch (3.0 mm) by selecting Maximum as the 
Printable Area setting. However, print quality may 
decline or ink may smear in the expanded area, depending 
on the media. Before printing large jobs, 
print a single sheet to confirm print quality. 


L&R: 





[if eas x (Paper is loaded in the 
i i opposite direction.) 


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EPSON 4 x 6-inch Photo Paper* with perforations 
(dotted lines indicate perforations) 


The maximum top margin is 0.24 inch (6.1 mm). 


The maximum left and right margin is 0.24 inch 
(6.1 mm). The minimum left and right margin is 
0.12 inch (3.0 mm). 


The maximum bottom margin is 0.67 inch 
(17.0 mm). 


* EPSON 4 x 6-inch Photo Paper (perforated) is 
4.5 x 6.9 inches (114 x 175 mm), including the 
perforated margins. The printable area is 4 x 6 inches 
(102 x 152 mm). 





Control Panel 





roll paper 


button 


maintenance light power light 


power 
button 








maintenance button 


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The following table explains the control panel lights: 





The © power light is on when the printer is on and 
ready to print. It flashes when the printer is 
receiving a print job, charging ink, or cleaning the 
print head. It also flashes when the print head 
moves to the ink cartridge replacement position 


© is on or 
flashes 





When the ôD maintenance light comes on and the 
© power light flashes, paper is out or loaded 
incorrectly, or you have a paper jam. 

If paper is out or loaded incorrectly, load or reload 
your paper. Then press the ôD maintenance button 
to turn off the òD maintenance light and resume 
printing. (If you're printing on roll paper, press the 
òD maintenance button to turn off the o& 
maintenance light, and then press the & roll paper 
button to resume printing.) 

If paper is jammed, do one of the following: 

m If you're printing on any type of media but roll 
paper, press the 68 maintenance button to try 
to clear the jam. If that doesn't work, turn off 
the printer and gently pull the paper forward 
(toward the output tray) to pull it out. Then turn 
on the printer and press the ôD maintenance 
button to turn off the ôD maintenance light and 
resume printing. 

If you're printing on roll paper, press the & roll 
paper button for at least three seconds to clear 
the jam. (You may have to repeat this step 
more than once to back the paper out 
completely.) If that doesn't work, turn the 
printer off and trim the roll at a point a few 
inches after it exits the printer. Gently pull the 
roll backward, taking care not to force the 
printer mechanism. 


òD is on and © 
flashes 





© and ôn flash | When both the lights flash, one of the ink 
cartridges is low on ink. To find out which one, do 
the following: 
Windows: Check the ink level graphic in the 
printer software. 
Macintosh: Check the EPSON Monitor 3 
utility. 
Then replace the ink cartridge as described on page 8. 





òD and © are 
on 


When both lights are on, one of the ink cartridges 
is out of ink. Determine which cartridge is empty 
by checking the ink level graphic in the printer 
software (Windows) or the EPSON Monitor 3 
utility (Macintosh). Then replace the cartridge as 
described on page 8. If both lights come on after 
you've replaced a cartridge, you may have installed 
a cartridge your printer can't use. 





òD is on and © 
is off 


Jammed paper may be blocking movement of the 
print head, or you may have an internal error. Turn 
off the printer, open the cover, and check for any 
jammed paper. Also, make sure you removed all 
the packing material, as described on the Start 
Here poster. Then turn the printer back on. 














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When both lights are off, the printer is not receiving 
power. Try these solutions: 

() Make sure the printer is turned on. 

() Turn off the printer, plug in the power cord 
securely, and turn on the printer again. 

Make sure the outlet is working and is not 
controlled by a switch or timer. 


© and OB are 
off 





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Installing an Ink Cartridge for the First 
Time 





Follow these ink cartridge precautions and the others in 
he Printer Basics book: 


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T Install both ink cartridges, and leave them installed for 
all types of printing, or the printer won't work. 





Remove the yellow tape seal from the top of the ink 
cartridges or you'll permanently damage them. Don't 
remove the clear seals on the bottom or ink will leak 
out. 


Don't touch the green chip on the back of the 
cartridge. This may inhibit normal operation and 
printing. 


Never turn off the printer when the © power light is 
flashing, unless the printer hasn't moved or made any 
noise for more than five minutes. 


g Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and 
Q @ do not drink the ink. 

If ink gets on your skin, wash the area thoroughly with 

soap and water. If ink gets in your eyes, flush them 


immediately with water. 


1. Plug the printer into an electrical outlet and turn it on. The 
ink cartridges move into the loading position. 


If the ink cartridges fail to move to the loading position, 
press the ink cartridge replacement button, shown below. 
2. Lower the output tray and open the cover. 

Ink cartridge 


replacement 
button 







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3. Lift up the two ink cartridge clamps. 





4, Unwrap the ink cartridges, then remove only the yellow 
part of the tape seal on top. Don’t pull off the blue part. 





Black ink 
cartridge 


Don't touch the 
green chips 


Color ink 
cartridge 


5. As you face the printer, tilt each cartridge forward (toward 
you) slightly as you lower it into its holder. Position the tabs 
at the back of the cartridge on top of the hooks on the 
holder clamps. 


tabs 


hooks 





ute Don't place the cartridges under the holder clamp; you 
o may damage the clamp when you close it. 





6. Close the ink cartridge clamps. (You need to press the color 
clamp a little more firmly.) 


7. Press the ink cartridge replacement button (shown in step 2) 
and close the printer cover. 


Ink charging takes about two minutes, with the © power light 
flashing and the printer making noise until it’s finished. Don’t 
turn off the printer or interrupt charging or it will start over, 

using more ink than necessary. It’s finished when the © power 


light stops flashing. 





Testing the Printer 





You can run a printer check to determine whether a problem 
comes from the printer itself or some other source. Follow 
these steps to run the printer check: 


1. Make sure both the printer and computer are turned off. 

2. Disconnect the interface cable from the printer. 

3. Make sure letter-size or larger paper is loaded in the printer. 
4 


. Hold down the 68 maintenance button, then press and 
release the © power button. Continue holding down the 
OD maintenance button until the O power light starts to 
flash, then release it. 


The printer prints one page showing its ROM version 
number, ink counter, and a nozzle check pattern. Only the 
nozzle check pattern is shown below. (If the pattern has 
gaps in its dots, you need to clean the print head; see 

page 10.) 



















































































5. To end the check, turn off the printer after it prints the 
check page. Then reconnect the interface cable and turn on 
your printer and computer. 


If the check page prints, the problem probably lies in your 
software settings, the interface cable, or your computer. 


If the check page doesn’t print, you may have a problem with 
your printer. 


Try the suggestions in “Problems and Solutions” in the Printer 
Basics book. 


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Printing on Special Media 





Replacing an Ink Cartridge 





Follow the guidelines in the table below when selecting the 
Media Type setting for your paper: 





Select this Media Type 


For this paper name... setting 





Plain paper and envelopes Plain paper 





EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper 
EPSON Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper 


360 dpi Ink Jet Paper 





EPSON High Quality Ink Jet Paper 
EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper 


Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper 











EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards 

EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive 

Sheets 

EPSON Matte Paper - Heavyweight Matte Paper - Heavyweight 
EPSON Photo Paper Photo Paper 

EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper Premium Glossy Photo 
EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper | Paper 

EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper 

EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film Photo Quality Glossy Film 


EPSON Photo Stickers 





EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies Ink Jet Transparencies 





EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film 
EPSON Photo Stickers 


Photo Quality Glossy Film 








EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies Ink Jet Transparencies 














Additional Media Loading Guidelines 


Don't use the cleaning sheets that may be included with 
your special media; they may damage the printer. 


Jve 

L 
© 
[ç Be sure to load the printable (whiter) side of the media face 
up in the sheet feeder. 


Cy 


You can load paper up to the arrow mark on the left edge 
guide. 





In addition to the Media Type option, remember to select 
the correct Paper Size for your media in the printer 
software. 


If the special media has protective sheets between each sheet 
of media, be sure to remove the protective sheets before 
printing. 


Some special media have a cut corner that you need to 
position correctly; follow any instructions in the package. 
Always handle sheets by the edges, and don’t touch the 
printable surface. 


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When the 68 maintenance and © power lights are both 
flashing, one of your ink cartridges is low on ink. This is a 
good time to make sure you have a new cartridge. When both 
lights stay on, a cartridge is empty and you need to replace it. 


When an installed ink cartridge is more than six months old, 
you may also need to replace it if you notice that your 
printouts don’t look as good as they used to. If print quality 
doesn’t improve after cleaning and aligning the print head, 
you can replace the cartridge even if the 6 maintenance and 
© power lights aren’t flashing. 


To check the level of ink you have left, see the graphic in the 
printer driver (Windows) or click the [Mii] ink level icon in the 
printer driver or EPSON Monitor 3 utility (Macintosh). 


You can also check the flash pattern of the control panel lights 
to determine which cartridge is low or empty. Press the ink 
cartridge replacement button. If the © power and òD 
maintenance lights flash at the same speed, replace the black 
cartridge. If the 68 maintenance light flashes twice as fast as 
the © power light, replace the color cartridge. 


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You cannot print if either ink cartridge is empty. Leave 
the empty cartridge installed in the printer until you have 
obtained a replacement. Otherwise the ink remaining in 
the print head nozzles may dry out. 


Use these EPSON ink cartridges within six months of 
installing them and before the expiration date on the package: 


LY Black ink cartridge: T007201 
LY Color ink cartridge: T009201 


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To ensure good results, use genuine EPSON ink 
cartridges and do not refill them. Other products may 
cause damage to your printer not covered by EPSON’s 
warranty. 


When you need new ink cartridges, contact your dealer or call 
the EPSON Store™ at (800) 873-7766 or visit the EPSON 
Store at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, 


please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral. 


Be sure you have a new ink cartridge before you begin. Once 
you start the ink cartridge replacement procedure, you must 
complete all the steps in one session. 


Follow these steps to replace ink cartridges: 


1. Make sure the printer is turned on and not printing (the 
© power light should be on, but not flashing). 


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2. Open the printer cover and press the yellow ink cartridge 
replacement button. The print head moves left and the 
oO power light begins flashing. 


Ink cartridge 
replacement 
button 







Tio To avoid damaging the printer, never move the print 
G head by hand. 


3. The color cartridge is on the right and the black cartridge is 
on the left. Pull up the ink cartridge clamp all the way. The 


cartridge rises up from its holder. 





4. Lift the cartridge out of the printer and dispose of it 
carefully. 





Ny Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and 


oe do not drink the ink. 


If ink gets on your skin, wash the area thoroughly with 
soap and water. If ink gets in your eyes, flush them 
immediately with water. 


5. Unwrap the new ink cartridge, then remove only the yellow 


part of the tape seal on top. Don’t pull off the blue part. 





Don't touch the 
green chips 


Black ink 
cartridge 


Color ink 
cartridge 


pete You must remove the yellow tape from the top of the 
T cartridge or you will permanently damage it. Don’t pull 
@ off the blue portion or try to remove the clear seal 
underneath the cartridge. 


Don't touch the green circuit board on the back of the 
cartridge; you may inhibit normal operation and printing. 


6. As you face the printer, tilt the ink cartridge forward 
(toward you) slightly as you lower it into its holder. 


Position the tabs at the back of the cartridge on top of the 
hooks on the holder clamps. 


tabs 





Tig, Don't place the cartridge tabs under the hooks on the 
o holder clamp; you may damage the clamp when you 
close it. 





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7. Press down on the ink cartridge clamp until it locks in 
place. (You may have to press a little more firmly on the 
color clamp.) 





8. Ifyou need to replace the other ink cartridge, repeat steps 3 
through 7 before continuing with step 9. 


9. Press the ink cartridge replacement button and close the 
printer cover. The printer moves the print head and begins 
charging the ink delivery system. 


The © power light flashes, and the printer makes noise. 
Charging takes about one minute. When it’s finished, the 
© power light stops flashing and stays on. 

Never turn off the printer while the © power light is 


T 
lo T flashing, unless the printer hasn't moved or made noise 
for more than 5 minutes. 





Cleaning the Print Head 





If your printed image is unexpectedly light or faint, or dots are 
missing from the image, you may need to clean the print head. 
This unclogs the nozzles so they can deliver ink properly. 


Cleaning the print head uses ink, so clean it only if print 
quality declines. You can clean the print head in either of the 
following ways: 


ç Using the Head Cleaning utility (when the printer is 
connected to a local port, not over a network) 





LJ Using the printer’s control panel buttons 


pote When you don’t turn on your printer for a long time, the 
O T print quality can decline. It's a good idea to turn on your 
printer at least once a month to maintain good print 
quality. 


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Using the Head Cleaning Utility 


Follow these steps to run the Head Cleaning utility 
(recommended method): 


1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and the 
òD maintenance light is off. (You can’t clean the print head 
if the 6 maintenance light is flashing or on. Replace the 
appropriate ink cartridge instead.) 


2. Ifyou have an application running, access the printer 
settings dialog box. 


Or, with Windows, click Start, point to Settings, then 
select Printers. Right-click your EPSON Stylus Photo 
1280 printer icon in the Printers window. Then select 
Properties (Document Defaults in Windows NT). 


3. Windows: Click the Utility tab. 
Macintosh: Click the [sal Utility button. 
4, On the Utility menu, click the Head Cleaning button. 


5. Follow the instructions on the screen to clean the print 
head. Cleaning takes about 30 seconds, during which the 
printer makes some noise and the © power light flashes. 


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Never turn off the printer while the © power light is 
flashing, unless the printer hasn't moved or made noise 
for more than 5 minutes. 


6. When the © power light stops flashing, run a nozzle check 


to confirm the print head nozzles are clean. 


Make sure paper is loaded in the printer and click Print 
nozzle check pattern (Windows) or Confirmation 
(Macintosh). Then click Next. The nozzle check pattern 
prints. (See page 11 for details.). 


7. Ifthe nozzle check pattern has no gaps in its dots, click 
Finish. 


If the pattern is missing dots, click Clean to clean the print 
head again. If you don’t see any improvement after cleaning 
three or four times, check the solutions in the Printer Basics 
book. You can also turn the printer off and wait 
overnight—this allows any dried ink to soften—and then 
try cleaning the print head again. 


Using the Control Panel to Clean the Print 
Head 


Follow these steps to clean the print head: 


1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and the 
òD maintenance light is off. (If the òD maintenance light is 
on or flashing, replace the appropriate ink cartridge 
instead.) 


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2. Press the òD maintenance button and hold it down for three 
seconds. Cleaning takes about 30 seconds, during which the 
printer makes some noise and the © power light flashes. 

pro Never turn off the printer while the © power light is 


T flashing, unless the printer hasn't moved or made noise 
for more than 5 minutes. 


3. After the O power light stops flashing, do one of the 
following: 


If your printer is connected directly to the computer, go 
to step 4 to run a nozzle check. 


If you’re printing over a network, open an application and 
print a short document containing black and color data. 
Check the quality of your printout, then go to step 8. 


4, Ifyou have an application running, access the printer 
settings dialog box. 


Or, with Windows, click Start, point to Settings, then 
select Printers. Right-click your EPSON Stylus Photo 
1280 printer icon in the Printers window. Then select 
Properties (Document Defaults in Windows NT). 


5. Windows: Click the Utility tab. 
Macintosh: Click the [sa Utility button. 


6. Make sure paper is loaded in the printer, click the Nozzle 
Check button, and click Next. The nozzle check pattern 
prints. (See the next section for details.) 


7. Ifthe nozzle check pattern has no gaps in its dots, click 
Finish. 


If the pattern is missing dots, click Clean to clean the print 
head again. 


8. Ifyou don’t see any improvement after cleaning three or 
four times, check the solutions in the Printer Basics book. 
You can also turn the printer off and wait overnight—this 
allows any dried ink to soften—and then try cleaning the 
print head again. 


Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern 


Examine the nozzle check pattern you print. It should look 
something like this: 






























































Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be 
complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If your printout 
looks okay, you're done. If any dots are missing, as shown 
below, clean the print head again; see page 10 for instructions. 


missing dots 






















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Aligning the Print Head 





If your printouts contain misaligned vertical lines, you may 
need to align the print head. Your printer must be connected 
to a local port, not on a network, to use the Print Head 
Alignment utility. Follow these steps: 


1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and 
letter-size paper is loaded. 
Load letter or A4-size paper to print the entire 


pile 
Q T bidirectional pattern. 
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For the best results, load EPSON ink jet paper in the 
printer whenever you check the print head alignment. 


2. Ifyou have an application running, access the printer 
settings dialog box. 


Or, with Windows, click Start, point to Settings, then 
select Printers. Right-click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 
icon in the Printers window. Select Properties (Document 
Defaults in Windows NT). 


3. Windows: Click the Utility tab. 
Macintosh: Click the [sal Utility button. 


4. Yousee the Utility menu. Click the Print Head Alignment 
button. 


Follow the instructions on the screen to print a test page. 


6. Select the best line from the first group of lines on the 
printout, then enter its number in box #1 on screen. Select 
the line with the cleanest, straightest edges. Then choose the 
best line in the second group and enter its number in box #2 
on screen, 


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If you want to check the results, click Realignment to print 
another test page. Make sure the middle line (numbered 8) 
in each group is the best. If it isn’t, you may need to repeat 
step 6 more than once to align your print head completely. 


Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet. Then 
disconnect the printer cable from the printer. 


Remove any paper from the printer and remove the paper 


8. Click Next and follow the instructions on the screen to 
print two columns of boxes. 


9. Select the box with the least grainy appearance (smoothest 


gray) from the first column, then enter its number in box #1 


on screen. Then choose the best box from the second 
column and enter its number in box #2 on screen. 


10. If you want to check the results, click Realignment to 


reprint the boxes. Make sure the middle box (numbered 5) 
in each column is the best. If it isn’t, you may need to repeat 


step 9 more than once. 


11. When done, click Finish. 





Cleaning the Printer 





To keep your printer working at its best, you should clean it 
several times a year. Follow these steps: 


1. Turn off the printer and wait for the © power light to go 
out. 


2. Unplug the power cord and disconnect the printer cable. 
Remove all the paper from the sheet feeder. 

4, Clean the exterior of the printer with a soft, damp cloth. 

Don't touch the gears inside the printer. 


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Never use a hard or abrasive brush, or alcohol or thinner 
for cleaning; they can damage the printer components 
and case. 


Don't get water on the printer components and don't 
spray lubricants or oils inside the printer. 





Transporting the Printer 





Ifyou move your printer some distance, you need to prepare it 


for transportation in its original box or one of a similar size. 


"o To avoid damage, always leave the ink cartridges 
@ T installed when transporting the printer. 


Be sure to remove the tape used in step 4 after installing 
the printer in its new location. 


Follow these steps: 


1. Turn on the printer, wait until the print head locks in the 
far right position, then turn off the printer. 


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support. 


4. Open the printer cover. Secure the ink cartridge holder to 
the printer with tape as shown, then close the printer cover. 


Tape the ink cartridge holder 
to the printer case 





5. Push in the output tray extensions and close the tray. 


6. Repack the printer and attachments in the original box 
using the protective materials that came with it. See the 
Start Here poster for details. 


Be sure to keep the printer level as you transport it. 


After transporting the printer, remove the tape securing the 
print head and test your printer. If you notice a decline in 
print quality, clean the print head (see page 10); if output is 
misaligned, align the print head (see page 11). 





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