08-21-2012, 04:15 AM
| | Re: Black blots on paper.
On Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:23:37 -0500, VanguardLH
>"Peter Jason" wrote:
>> I have a Epson Stylus R290 printer that is starting to deposit black
>> blots on paper and printable DVDs. I have always used Epson inks in
>> it. I used it in the XP and now Win7 op systems. I have run all its
>> diagnostics but still the problem remains.
>I don't know your printer. If the heads are included in the cartridges
>(as they are with many HP printers), did you try cleaning them? While
>they recommend using just distilled water and a lintless cloth, I
>usually employ isopropyl alcohol and a lintless cloth (i.e., cheap paper
>towel, not the fuzzy kind). From what Epsons that I've seen, they do
>not have heads in the cartridges. That means if the heads go bad and
>cannot be fixed that you have to get a new printer instead of just
>buying a new cartridge that includes the head. The manual for the Epson
>printer should tell you how to clean the heads.
>Another cause is a dirty roller. Clean the rollers with distilled water
>to remove any deposits on them. Don't use isopropyl alcohol as that
>dries them out (which shrinks them so they don't pinch as well) with
>repeated use; however, you can use it once or rarely if the deposits are
>stubborn to remove or have gotten particularly thick. You'll have to
>turn the rollers to clean all around them. If the ink hasn't dried by
>the time the paper hits the roller(s) then ink gets transferred onto
>them. That means the ink that smudged onto the rollers will smudge back
>onto the paper. This will happen at different spots on the same sheet
>of paper (since the roller rotates faster than the paper being feed past
>it) and also onto the next sheet of paper.
>Diagnostics won't clean the heads AND clean the roller(s). Also, never
>use cheap inks. They are often too "wet"; that is, they won't dry fast
>enough and bleed too much into the paper.
I've only ever used the Epson inks, a a quick look
showed the rollers to be dry and clean. Anyway I
am taking it in to the fixit shop in a few days
for a free appraisal and if this is no good it
will be cheaper to buy a new one. It's done a lot
of work printing to DVDs.