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Epson Epson Stylus Color 3000

Need help for Epson Stylus color 3000 print head?

I just replace the print head for Epson Stylus Color 3000. Everything works fine. If anyone needs help, let me know. I have the software and the manual. There is guy who gave me some tips in this matter.
I just received a quote for replacing a print head of 76.98 plus shipping. The repair guy said that the servicing station is usually bad as well, but that he is not sure it is available. Is it a waste of money to have him change out the print head if I cannot get a servicing station? How much did you pay for your print head?
by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2007 at 7:45am Add comment
could you please tell me where/how you got your service/heads done or any other help.
thanks in advance,
rick - unknown
Please,

Can someone send me all information for replaced of the printheads for the EPSON 3000?
by unknown on Apr 19, 2007 at 1:50am Add comment
I have repaired many 1520's and have received my first 3000. I recently downloaded a sloppy but usable Epson 3000 Service Manual I would be willing to email to you. - Scotty
by Scottyjr on Apr 21, 2007 at 7:31am Add comment
Could you email me the Epson 3000 manual, My husband passed away and I'm trying to get this printer up and running. Black won't print, colors are fine. Thanks much! - Anonymous
Thanks Scotty, I just got a Epson 3000 printer. and of course the heads are messed up. does your manual explain how to remove the top of the printer , as to gain access to the print heads for cleaning? thanks so much John - Anonymous
Can you email em the service manual for the 3000

thanks - Anonymous
yes I would love to get a copy of the Epson service manual.
thanks in advance - henrik - Anonymous
Hi Scotty;
would you PLEASE email me that manual? I have a registration problem that will take a physical adjustment, if I can just safely get to the printheads and do it. My email is [email protected]
Thanks so much; and have a great day!
_mjnc - mjnc
I really love my old Epson 3000, have had it for 9 years. Because of some recent health issues, I was away from my system for 6 months, yep my printer heads dried up. I used to clean them with windex and many full page color block printing. That is not working after several days and I want to get inside the printer head. I am wondering if your offer of a downloadable Service manual is still available.
PDF? It would be greatly appreciated if it is.

Thanks,
CB
[email protected] - unknown
Hi, I am getting no printing at all. Printer sat for two years. Probably need new print heads. Anyone with a manual that explains how to do that? - unknown
could you send me the service manual for the epson stylus color 3000 - unknown
Please let me know what is a re-manufactured ink jet cartridge? How does my inkjet cartridge work? I want to know about all these necessary things.

- Nelson
by nelsonbatten on May 11, 2009 at 10:38pm Add comment
Printerrepairpros advice was good, that is always where I start. I generally always remove the pump and clean it along with the wiper blade. I would check the pump first.

I'm pretty sure that it's not the pump though. The ribbon cable short most likely blew a fuse on the mainboard. The fuse is not the kind of fuse you can just look at and see it's blown. The way to test it it to install another known good head. If it doesn't print, the pump is working and the cable is good then it's almost definitely the mainboard. MacMedia is a wide format supply company that repairs boards. Not sure if they work on 3000 boards but it's worth a call. It will be much cheaper than buying a new board.

Regards,
Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:52am Add comment
Anonymous,
Before you spend money on the service station (pump\\cap assembly) in the printer test it to make sure that it has failed. Put some water on both the black and color cap assembly pads (the printheads rest on them when the carriage assembly is in the parked\\home position. Turn the printer on and let it go through its initialization sequence. Turn it off and look at the two pads. If the water has been sucked throught BOTH it is likely that the pump is good. Replacing the printheads is a totally different process from replacing the pump assembly. Don't forget that there are two printheads in this unit, black and color.
Hope this helps.
Printer Repair Pros
by unknown on Mar 30, 2007 at 6:30pm Add comment
I need a printhead for a Stylus Photo 820 and can not find this thing in the world??lol does this exist does anyone know???
by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2007 at 11:23pm Add comment
Please can you send me the manual and software
I just bought 2 used and need to replace heads

Much Regards Rick [email protected]
by V84x4 on May 24, 2007 at 9:16pm Add comment
Thin blue lines usually mean that the printhead is failing.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on May 27, 2007 at 10:05am Add comment
please send me a copy of the stylus 3000 service manual and the software. thank you. if there is a cost i will send via paypal.
by tecfacet on Jun 1, 2007 at 8:45am Add comment
another question ... where can i purchase a replacement printhead for my stylus 3000 ?? thank you
by tecfacet on Jun 1, 2007 at 8:48am Add comment
Tecfacet,
As an authorized Epson repair center we can not send you a copy of the service manual. However, they are available on line. Do a Google search for various sources. There are two printheads in the SC3000, black and color. Contact us directly by clicking on our name and we will be happy to quote pricing and availability for the printheads.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Jun 1, 2007 at 3:05pm Add comment
Hi
Super i find someone, that can help me to fix my printer, i just bought the printer and in worked the last time about 6 month a go. Now after i have it here and i put new inks in it the printer doesn't print not one single dot on the paper. I called epson and they say that i need to change the heads and would cost me £320. If you could help me out to safe some money by this that would be great.

many thanks

Ozzy
by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2007 at 1:35am Add comment
Ozzy,

£320 is way too expensive. Did they give you a cost breakdown?
Or was this for a callout to you?

You can buy the heads for about £40 each.
I would have thought 1 hour labour. 2 hours max.

You could have a go yourself but it is an awkward job both to replace the heads and set the height and tilt adjustments.
If it is not set correctly there will be gaps or overlaps between the colours.

Free service manual here
http://www.eserviceinfo.com/

This is one of the companies I use for parts.
http://shop.expressgrouponline.com/epson_parts
For some reason the black head is not listed, so give them a ring.

You could take/send it somewhere for repair.
If you send it, make sure you follow the instructions on the ink cartridge flap - Remove inks THEN power down to empty ink system.
by mcprinter on Jun 8, 2007 at 11:08am Add comment
Give Equinox a call on 01684 290000, they can do onsite or RTB repair and should be able to do it for alot less than £320.

Paul
by unknown on Jun 8, 2007 at 11:10am Add comment
Agree with Paul-UK

I worked for Epson many years ago and Equinox were doing Epson's warranty work back then.

by mcprinter on Jun 9, 2007 at 1:00am Add comment
could you tell me how you replaced your print heads and how much did it cost

thanks
by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2007 at 11:35am Add comment
We could use the manual. Replacing black head.
by EFG on Oct 12, 2007 at 3:09pm Add comment
Before you remove the printhead make sure that the pump is functioning. Put some water on the smaller of the two foam pads on the cap assembly and then run a black cleaning cycle. Make sure that the water was sucked into the pad. If not the pump is most likely failing.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Oct 13, 2007 at 4:02pm Add comment
we used the thermonoclear solution and now we are not getting any printing. It works like it is printing but the paper is blank so I am thinking it must be the print heads. any info would be totally appreciated.
Thanks and have a great evening
by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2007 at 6:52pm Add comment
Hello,
I need some help; have color but no black on my Epson 3000.

I have a new black ink cartidge and there is black ink on the ink pad cushion - but not on the paper.

Best,
Jan
by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 at 6:29am Add comment
Have you tested the pump? See my 10/13/07 post above.
by unknown on Dec 8, 2007 at 11:06am Add comment
Yes I need help. I've tried everything to unclog the magenta in my 3000 print head but nothing has worked. How do you replace the print head?

Thanks
Mike
by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2007 at 7:58am Add comment
I have cleaned the heads. Ink is passing through the heads during the cleaning cycle. I can tell by the color on the foam below the print heads (I previously cleaned the foam removing most of the color) . However during print test (LF/TURN ON) black and yellow print all nozzles just fine, a few nozzles of red will print and occasionally a blue will print one or two nozzles only.

What are the chances that the print head ribbon cable has shifted or shrunk in width so that it is not making good contact with the print head connector?

Any other thoughts about what might be the problem?
by unknown on Jan 5, 2008 at 7:56am Add comment

Hi there
I just joined fix your printer, and saw everyones posts re the Epson stylus colour 3000, Wondered if anyone could help me,I need manual and software, I know the machine prints as did the test and it prints, but neither mac 9.2, xp or 98 recognizes the printer, dont know what I am doing wrong, got the epson drivers from their website, but they dont help, is there any possibility of anyones help??
Thanks
Elli - ellishnoo
If the black is OK and you are getting some color, the color printhead has probably failed.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Jan 5, 2008 at 1:17pm Add comment
JC, Can I get the software for Print Head Replacement? Thanks.
by ryarbrough on Jan 6, 2008 at 7:45am Add comment
Well i have changed the black printhead for stylus 3000, but no ink is commming outor printing only collor...
i dont think it sucks in the ink into the head
i dont know what is wrong, while i was changing the printhead i
disconnected the cable that brings inc to this thing that connects to the print head so i think it got some air bubbles and thats whi it dosent work...
i dont know how to pump in more ink.....
what do i do....

pls help
by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 2:42am Add comment
Have you tested the pump? See my 10/13/07 post above.
by unknown on Feb 1, 2008 at 9:23am Add comment
I did test the pump and it seems like its working fine....
- Anonymous
Check to see whether there is ink in the damper (plastic assembly that fits on top of the black printhead nozzle). If not, you need to suck some ink into the damper and fill it about half way. Then run a cleaning cycle and see whether it prints. Also, make sure that you have a good seal where the tube feeds into the damper and where the damper sets upon the printhead. There should be small o rings at each end.
by unknown on Feb 4, 2008 at 10:19am Add comment
yes i have filled the plastic assembly to about half, and it is still the same......but I remember one plastic ring that was between the plastic assemby and the print head and i think I lost it.....damn.....i thought it was notthing,,,,,,,,if u r 100 \% that ther should be a ring between the head an the plastic assembly then i scrwed up because i lost it ......ill try to find it...but if that is not the problem then ill burn everything.....
- Anonymous
There is a plastic washer that goes between the printhead and the screw which secures it and the carriage. Helps the printhead move for adjustment purposes. I am referring to the small black "O" ring that sits inside the bottom of the damper. It seals the damper to the filling spike on the printhead, thus permitting the required air tight seal.
by unknown on Feb 4, 2008 at 1:28pm Add comment
Yesssss I found the ring it was white ring pretty small BUT I found it....there is ink now on the paper but ONLY as long as the LITTLE ink catrige has ink in it self, but when that is empty it stops printing again....it seems like it is not pumping new ink into the little cattrige....what do i do now, I have tried to clean the head several times but no ink.....notthing is pumping ink into the little transparent catrige....what is the problem now......tx - Anonymous
WELL FINALY,,,,,,,ITS FIXED.....there was some air bubbles in the catrige and the CABLE that brings the ink, I took out the LITTLE INK COINTAINER but and left the cable that brings the ink to it BE CONNECTED....and took something "injection shot or what is it called" that I could SUCK the ink trought the cable and the little inc cointainer. after that everything worked just fine....
SORRY ABOUT MY ENGLISH, but I hope this can help everyone else with same problem.....

THX one again for your help U SAVED MY DAY

BYE BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ;)
by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 at 4:15am Add comment
....please someone could tell me where i can buy new print heads for my stylus color 3000?
i've spent the last three hours to search for a site...
i need both the little circuits built on and the colour/black heads
please help!!!
aldo
by unknown on Feb 7, 2008 at 7:10pm Add comment
Hi !

EPSON Technical center in Brussels asked me 1800 $ to repair my old SC3000. Everything as to be changed ? They proposed my a "new" one at 1000 $, but I refused because I'm working on Mac, and there are no more drivers for Leopard.

I've dowloaded the technical manual, and I've found it was the HP (Home Position) sensor that was defect. It cost me 3 $ for a new one. After 2 hours of working, the SC3000 was like a new one, and printing was perfect.

I just need the adjustment program ... Can somebody help me.
If I can help ... with pleasure

by Barbebelle on Feb 20, 2008 at 7:22am Add comment
I have been looking for replacement print heads(black and color)for espon stylus color 3000 inkjet printer. Does anyone know where to get them?

thanks
felix
by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 9:57pm Add comment
We have the printheads available. Please contact us directly for further information. By the way, Epson has recently tightened up the ability to order printheads for this unit. It is necessary to provide the printer's serial number when ordering replacement printheads.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Mar 16, 2008 at 2:47pm Add comment
Replacement print heads Epson sc3000 available at
http://www.precisionroller.com
by ISM955 on Apr 5, 2008 at 7:37pm Add comment
1520 gone bad, Any idea ? (help please)
One half of the black test pattern went away while printing 10 pages. The left side test pattern. Ran a lot of cleaner solution, new black ink but to no avail. Gregg in USA
Hope this dosent post twice.
by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2008 at 9:17am Add comment
I can think of no better explanation for that symptom than a defective printhead. Other remote possibilities are liquid on the printhead or it's ribbon cable or a partially unplugged ribbon cable or corroded ribbon cable contacts or a defective circuit board.

- Scotty
by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2008 at 5:55am Add comment
1520 gone bad, Any idea ?
One half of the black test pattern went away while printing 10 pages. The left side test pattern. Ran a lot of cleaner solution, new black ink but to no avail. Gregg in USA

All jets stopped working 2 days later, both sides of the black test pattern.
Pulled the head & all jets were open (ok).
Ordered and installed a new head and now works.
by Anonymous on May 4, 2008 at 11:54am Add comment
Good Job! Where did you get the printhead and how much did it cost? - Scotty
by Anonymous on May 6, 2008 at 7:48am Add comment
Even without the Epson driver, XP will find the printer on it's own and install the microsoft driver for it; Win98 will probably do the same. The printer doesn't show up as one of the installed printers when viewed in that folder through the Control Panel? - Scotty
by Anonymous on May 28, 2008 at 4:02am Add comment
Do you just need the adjustment program to replace the black print head on the SC3000, or is there a different one that i need? And how do you purge the head after installation?
by wsupryn on Jun 4, 2008 at 4:16pm Add comment
wspyrn,
To get the best performance, a special adjustment program has to be used. It is DOS based. You may be able to find it on the internet. Running an initial ink charge or cleaning cycles should properly fill the printhead with ink.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Jun 5, 2008 at 9:44am Add comment
That is exactly what I needed to know, THANKS! I was able to find the program very easily and I'm glad that I don't really have to purge the head. I took it in to a repair shop and they told me that after installing the new head they would have to run two full ink cartridges through the head to purge it before normal use. I thought that sounded kinda strange.
by wsupryn on Jun 6, 2008 at 11:36am Add comment
I'm a little confused on how to use the adjustment program for replacing the black print head, any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
by wsupryn on Jun 8, 2008 at 10:55pm Add comment
Download the software here:

ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/SC3K__ADJ.ZIP

The program must be run on Windows 95/98 through a parallel cable.

Add the following to the autoexec.bat file on your computers c: drive:

mode lpt1: retry=p

When you run scseries.exe do the following

On the first screen press the down arrow key once to select the "Stylus Color 3000" as the printer model and press the enter key.

On the second screen press the down arrow key once to select "EAI" as the destination and press the enter key.

On the third screen just press the enter key which will have selected the option to "Perform <Boot this PROGRAM>"

The program will start and the Service Manual can guide you from here.

You can download the service manual here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/SC3000_sm.pdf

I've also created a bootable floppy which runs the program on most XP/Vista machines.

~sigmo - unknown
hi, i am having the following problem: After start up, head shift shortly to the left and back in park position. LEDs for all inks light up. No function won't do any thing just flashing lights.

Your help would be appreciate,
Sincerely.

Donald Torres

by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38pm Add comment
HI there, dont know if this is cheeky, please forgive me if so, but wondered, if anyone want to buy my epson color 3000, it works fine, wont go into details but if so, please email me [email protected]
I want 150 pounds for it, live in central london wc1 , so if interested, youd have to come evening or weekends for pickup.
Cheers sorry to bother you all.
Elli
by ellishnoo on Jun 10, 2008 at 5:26pm Add comment
what is the print head model no. of epson stylus 3000 colour printer.
by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:01pm Add comment
Anonymous wrote:

"what is the print head model no. of epson stylus 3000 colour printer."

F056030=BLACK
F055090=COLOR

~SIGMO
by unknown on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:43pm Add comment
Thanks for the instructions sigmo, that'll be a big help. How do i get a copy of what you created so that i can run the adjustment progrm on my XP machine?
by wsupryn on Jun 25, 2008 at 4:24pm Add comment
What's your email? I'll send it to you. You can reply to 4parker(at)gmail.com
by unknown on Jun 25, 2008 at 7:20pm Add comment
Hi, I need to replace my black print head in my epson 3000, i was wondering if i could get help in replacing it.
by unknown on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:46pm Add comment
Get the service manual and software, it will explain how.

~sigmo
by unknown on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:14pm Add comment
How do I get it, is it on the install cd that came with my printer? - Clintwalker
The Service manual can explain what you need to do. You can download the service manual here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/SC3000_sm.pdf

You can order the head from compassmicro.com

Part numbers:
F056030=BLACK
F055090=COLOR

You'll then need the adjustment software to enter the head voltage which is unique for each head. That number can be found written in ink on the side of the head.

Download the software here:

ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/SC3K__ADJ.ZIP
The program must be run on Windows 95/98 through a parallel cable.

Add the following to the autoexec.bat file on your computers c: drive:

mode lpt1: retry=p

When you run scseries.exe do the following

On the first screen press the down arrow key once to select the "Stylus Color 3000" as the printer model and press the enter key.

On the second screen press the down arrow key once to select "EAI" as the destination and press the enter key.

On the third screen just press the enter key which will have selected the option to "Perform <Boot this PROGRAM>"

The program will start and the Service Manual can guide you from here.

~David Parker
by unknown on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:48pm Add comment
Clintwalker, the service manual and printhead installation (adjustment) software are NOT available to the general public on Epson's website. If you search this site and\\or the web you should be able to find what you need.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:48pm Add comment
Actually, the adjustment software IS available to the general public from Epson. You can download it here:

ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/SC3K__ADJ.ZIP

~sigmo - unknown
Hallo,

How I can get the Software and thwe manual to Change printer head !

Epson color 3000

Thank you Hans
by unknown on Jul 31, 2008 at 2:17pm Add comment
i have an epson 3000 for sale in very good condition.

extra ink and roll adapters. it is complete with network card and also epson disks and manual.

contact me at tecfacet at yahoo dot com.

roger
by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:09pm Add comment
Hello,
Does anyone know where to purchase replacement parts for the Epson Stylus 3000... especially the Pump/Cap Assembly... # 1036752 ?

It seems that if the old, worn out cap assembly does not seal off the print head, it will allow some dry-out in the nozzels and that will cause the nozzel-check to mimic a bad print-head... just food for thought. I just fixed one old printer with a new cap assembly I bought several years ago. It saved me a big hassle with the printhead replacement!

Any & all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

It's crazy I am still printing with these ancient printers... but those 4 powerful colors are fantastic.

Good Luck to all,
Tommy

by unknown on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:19am Add comment
Contact us directly for pricing and availability. We are an authorized Epson premier service center. - unknown
You can clean the pump assemblies in a sink of warm water or check out compassmicro.com.

~sigmo
by unknown on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:32am Add comment
i would very much appreciate the details if you still have them availiable?
by unknown on Sep 1, 2008 at 11:26am Add comment
Tom Campbell,
What are you referring to?
by unknown on Sep 3, 2008 at 12:55pm Add comment
Hi, I have an epson 3000 with print head problems. I want to have a go at cleaning print head myself before taking to service peeps. Can you please send me a copy of the manual and the adjustment program please.
Best wishes
Kenneth Martin
by unknown on Sep 17, 2008 at 5:11am Add comment
I posted links to both above

~sigmo
by unknown on Sep 17, 2008 at 12:17pm Add comment
Thanks Sigmo. I have them. Do you know if is possible to run the adjustment program through a usb to parallel convert cable on vista?

You mention in one of your posts that you have also created a bootable floppy which runs the program on most XP/Vista machines.

Is this program e mailable? If so I thank you kindly for all help.
my email is [email protected]

Best wishes, Kenneth - Kenneth Martin
How do you do a self test an Epson 3000?
by unknown on Sep 25, 2008 at 9:07am Add comment
Turn the machine off. Hold the lf/ff button down for several seconds while you turn the machine back on. It will keep printing pages until you turn the printer back off.

~sigmo
by unknown on Sep 25, 2008 at 12:03pm Add comment
I have replaced the black printhead and the pump/ capping station, and i still have no black ink on test. any suggestions? new ribbon cable (seems to be ok) or new circuit board? Any help would be appreciated.
by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2008 at 8:08pm Add comment
Does it print color? No color or black usually means a bad mainboard. Did you do an initial ink charge? While the printer is on remove all four cartridges THEN turn it off. Turn it on and reinstall the ink cartridges. The printer will run for about 8 minutes as the ink lines are charged. Do not interrupt the process.

Generally a bad ribbon cable will still let some nozzles print.

There could be a leak somewhere in the line. The needle that punctures the cartridge could have come loose, 1 of the four O rings could have failed, or the damper could be leaking.

You can call me if you'd like.

~David Parker
503-875-5719
by unknown on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:52pm Add comment
If you put water on the black cap assembly pad and run a cleaning cycle, does the water get sucked away?
by unknown on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:52pm Add comment
Sigmo, I want to thank you so much for your help. Apparantly, that ink charge thing was the last piece of the puzzle for me, because, once I started that function, I saw black ink appear on the capping station, and once it was done, I succesfully printed the test page. I was beginning to get dejected about the whole thing, but now I've got a great printer with all new wear parts.
Sincerely,
Josh Caudill
by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2008 at 2:44pm Add comment
Hi, I have tried two different usb to parallel cable adapters and my 3000 still will not print through usb. Mmm, it works fine through parallel cable on xp, but refuses to print or do anything other than report errors. What am I doing wrong? Any hep would be well appreciated. Best wishes, Kenneth
by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:13am Add comment
If my memory serves me correctly, this printer requires a special USB adapter sold by Epson.
by unknown on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:31am Add comment
Hi, Cheers. got it working fine now, had to set to virtual usb printer in printer properties. Easy enough. Though one problem still exists. The joey windows vista driver does not allow setting custom paper sizes only the ones listed. With XP epson driver can set any size one likes, but built in vista driver does not seem to support this, Any suggestions would be well appreciated.

Best wishes

Kenneth James Martin
by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2008 at 2:20am Add comment
Hi

I need to replace the Epson Stylus 3000 Black print head.Its not printing black anymore and I think the print head or nozzle is clogged up and cannnot be salvage.

If you can direct me to a site when I can download the instructions and software to realign the head after replacement , we are very greateful.

Do you have the actual part number of the Black print head.

Please send any infos to : [email protected]

Regards,

Joe G
Dallas, TX
by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:03am Add comment
Read about 24 posts prior to this one for part numbers and links to the adjustment software and service manual.

~sigmo
by unknown on Oct 21, 2008 at 12:26pm Add comment
I have observed that the black print head on my Stylus 3000 produces dark stripes. The pattern is very irregular and it seems that there is no systematic behind it. I have the impression as if an individual nozzle or several nozzles do - from time to time - emit ink continuously even if they should not print. Does anybody have an idea? Is that a problem of the printhead or a problem of the cable?

Regards,

Volker
Berlin, Germany
by Volker on Nov 6, 2008 at 8:52am Add comment
Do you have the adjustment program for the 3000. Thank you.
by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 at 7:17am Add comment
Look a couple of postings further up, around end of july, there is a link. - Volker
These posts have been helpful thus far...thanx

After opening up my unit, cleaning the heads manually (with rolled/flattened blue towels and windex) and turning my 3000 back on, it continuously runs in a cleaning mode. All the CMY ink wells in the jetting box are empty, K is running like a river.

I downloaded the tech manual, though that did not help this situation.
by eaglemystic on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:48pm Add comment
You may have initiated an initial ink charge. It will take about 8 minutes to complete. You can put a piece of tape over the 1/4" X 1" rectangular hole on the bottom of the cartridge where a little tab sticks out when the cart is empty. This will trick the printer into thinking the cartridge is still full.

Let it run for 10 minutes and see if it stops after that.

~sigmo
by unknown on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:43pm Add comment
That did take longer than normal cleanings...

I have K color working OK on regular, photo leaves streaks.

CMY are not pulling into the jet reservoirs at all. The cartridges are new and have the tape over the hole as recommended.

~Cristo
by eaglemystic on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:58pm Add comment
Mine is leaving black smudges randomly on the paper. Anyone have any idea how i can fix this? I have disassembled the printer completely and cleaned up all the head cleaning part, but it still does it. Any ideas?
by unknown on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:01pm Add comment
Hi Monty,

I had that issue for a while until I disassembled the unit so I could properly access the insides (that was a trip to figure without the manual first time around!

Then used the blue paper towels/windex to clean the rollers, guides, paper side of jet nozzles, felt wiper and felt disposal wells. Clean off any area with dry ink that may grab, especially under the jetting mechanism with tightly rolled and damp blue paper towels/windex. Be certain to pull and clean the jetting box from left to right... so you keep the lighter colors from becoming polluted by the black in the left side.

Also experimented with the + and - level to give more jetting clearance.

It may not be perfect yet, though I can print with good quality again, with the black that is...Im still figuring out my color issue, Hopefully someone can help me there.

Success 2U
~Cristo - eaglemystic
I have been reading through all the questions and comments because I have a black print head that doesn't print. I have read about cleaning the print head with windex and want to try it. I also have a cleaning kit solution that is supposed to be injected into the print head with a syringe that I would like to try. What I need is the instructions for disassembling the cover to get to the print heads. Can anyone help me with this procedure?

Thanks,
Fred
by fpgrafx on Nov 22, 2008 at 8:14am Add comment
Remove all detachable plastic parts. Release the 2 clips that hold the control panel in place (look along the top of where the ink compartment door is when closed). Remove it to get to 1 hidden screw. 4 screws in the front and 3 in the back. Use a screw driver to release 2 clips from the left and right side from the bottom of the printer. The case opens from the front by pivoting on hinges in the back.

I would suggest getting the service manual. I posted a link several months ago in this thread.

~sigmo
by unknown on Nov 22, 2008 at 1:09pm Add comment
Does anyone know where I can get replacement o rings for the ink lines (which go into the dampers) of the print heads. Compass Micro, nor any other source I know of have them.
by Joelwb on Nov 30, 2008 at 1:06pm Add comment
Email us directly with the quantity you need. We usually have them in stock.
by unknown on Dec 1, 2008 at 9:18am Add comment
Will a color print head from the Epson 7500 work in the color position of an Epson 3000
by Joelwb on Dec 3, 2008 at 3:20pm Add comment
Yes the 7500 printhead will work on a 3000. So will the SC 800, SC 850, SC 1520, 5000 pro, 7000 pro, 9000 pro and 9500 pro.

~sigmo
by unknown on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:22am Add comment
What files must be on a floppy to run the 3000 head adjustment program? I seem to have too little disk space left after I set up a bootable floppy, even after deleting all but the minimal files needed to boot.
by Joelwb on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:48am Add comment
Download it here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/3kboot.zip

Regards,
Sigmo
by unknown on Dec 29, 2008 at 1:24pm Add comment
When I run scseries.exe the screen always overwrites itself and it becomes to messed up to understand. - Anonymous
Thanks for the really great help from all these postings, and especially from Sigmo, who is most generous with his time and knowledge in all things stylus 3000.

The problem with my printer is solved. I had erratic nozzle checks which are usually caused by air leaks, and after resolving that problem, changing the color print head solved the remaining poor nozzle checks. Below is an outline of the steps. I could have saved many hours if I remembered the KISS principle. WARNING! Leaving the print head immersed in windex on the capping station in an attempt to unclog it left me quite a surprise. Overnight much of the ink drained out of my waste tubes and onto the floor. Do not leave the printer unattended when soaking the head this way as a suction is set up, which draws the ink out of the carts.

1) Follow the manual and remove all external covers and plastic parts. In the following steps refer often to the manual. You will be able to keep the cover off while you are testing. Don't reassemble until you are sure the printer is working.

2) Turn on the printer and place a sheet of paper in it. While the Print head assembly is off the capping station, pull the power plug, which will allow the printer carriage to move freely on the track. Remove the pump assembly by removing 2 screws and pulling straight up firmly. There is a small plastic clip on the bottom of the pump. A good pull straight up will let it release. Soak overnight in warm water. Flush warm water thru the pump hoses with a syringe. Clean the seals around the capping stations with water or windex, and make sure to wash off excess windex. While the pump is out you can connect extension hoses to the drain hoses which go down to the pads, drill a hole out the side of the printer base and run these hoses to an external bottle. Replace the pump into the printer. No more ink waste pad to worry about (but see warning above. Use a large waste bottle).

3) Remove the 2 screws that hold the print head cover in place, and remove the cover. I replaced all the dampers (those little tanks that fill with ink and deliver it to the print heads) Over-tightening the nuts on the 'o' rings from the ink hoses to the dampers seems to have caused the air leaks. loosening and carefully hand tightening the nuts seems to have cured this. These tiny 'o' rings are hard to get. They are #646 on the 4th page of the exploded diagram (PN 1074432). I did not have to replace them. Fill the lines with ink by sucking it into the dampers with a syringe which is tight fitting into the bottom opening (the hole that fits on the print head spike). Do not damage the 'o' ring at the bottom of the damper. Be sure the dampers are about half full with no bubbles in the delivery hoses. Or do an initial fill procedure.

4) Unfortunately this did not cure the whole problem. I had to change the color print head after all, which meant pulling the the dampers off again. I tried cleaning the old print head by flushing water thru it, but was not able to get a complete nozzle check after innumerable cleanings. My suggestion is to replace the print head when replacing (or cleaning) the dampers. The color print head is only $100 and the black one is less. I took the print head apart 4 or 5 times before I finally replaced the color head. I can do it in my sleep now.

5) Pulling a print head is not difficult. Load a piece of paper into the printer in case you spill some ink. If you are replacing the black head or damper, you must remove the clip that holds the ink lines to the print head. Be careful not to break the plastic guide. I had to glue it back. I was able to remove the color dampers without removing the ink lines from the clip. Remove the dampers by pulling them straight up with your fingers and a bent screwdriver. Do not damage the thin plastic on the sides of the dampers. Don't twist or you may break the spikes off the print head. They are tight but will come up.

6) To remove the print head remove the cable cover on the left side of the print head case by pulling its clip up and to the left. Remove the screw and washer holding the print head down. Remove the nylon washer under the brass washer. Don't lose it. Use a tweezers to remove the spring. There is a catch on the left rear side of the color head. Pull the head back and wiggle it up and out enough to grasp the flat data cable. Pull out the data cable.

7) Putting the new color head in is easy, it clicks into place. Write the print head voltage code down before putting the head in place. Carefully pull the data cable into the print head housing and push it into the socket on the print head, then work the cable back out of the case and seat the head. Don't forget the nylon washer under the brass washer and screw, and the spring. Reprime the dampers and replace them on the new print head spikes. Replace the cable cover. You don't have to recover the print head yet (or ever, but I did eventually).

8) Run the Epson adjustment software as described in prior posts. At least enter the head voltage code obtained from the number printed on the side of the print head. You can do the various alignments at any time if necessary.

You can test the printer without reassembling the case. After consistent clean nozzle checks and maybe a few test prints, reassemble and fire away.
And again thanks to this list and Sigmo from whom I got most of this information.
by Joelwb on Dec 29, 2008 at 5:48pm Add comment
how do you read the voltage code on the color printhead - its not hand written like the black printhead I have a alphanumeric number stamped on the side and on a label on the top of the printhead.. thanks in advance


Sean

[email protected] - Seanthefishenguy
Yes I would like to recieve this info. I have an issue with black ink not printing even after replacing ink well.
Thanks
by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2009 at 1:27pm Add comment
Printer works great on regular paper but when using film the are 2 horizontal lines that appear in the same place whenever I try to print. I am using quality ink and the correct film? Do you think I need to replace the print head? Thank you in advance.
by patrick009 on Jan 23, 2009 at 4:57pm Add comment
Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to replace it. The black head only costs around $50.00.

~sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2009 at 5:04pm Add comment
Hi,
I have decided to replace my Epson 3000. Recently attempted to clean the heads and now no ink flows . . . So BEST OFFER.
by eaglemystic on Jan 23, 2009 at 5:41pm Add comment
I know this post is old. But with all of this information, I had to say thanks before I asked my question.

This printer has been sitting in my friends garage for three years. You can obviously think what that did to this thing. No juice at all coming out of it.

With all of the information in this post, I got it running again.

Although, Joelwb might want to add, to pull the metal top plate (whatever it's called) off before trying to pull the pump out. I was scratching my head for half an hour, going two bolts, got that, what the heck now? Couldn't get it out without that thing off. Just make sure to put a folded towel under the head before you set it back down.

Thanks to that post and Sigmo's info, this thing is ripping again.

Now to my problem. Nothing prints centered. It's like one inch to the right, even when it's not connected to the computer and running diagnostic crud. The weird thing is, it seems to run the head cleaning utility in the right position. Anyways, does any one know how to get this thing centered properly again?

M
by Spitfire_onme on Feb 27, 2009 at 11:39pm Add comment
Push the right side paper edge guide all the way to the left until it clicks. It should be about one inch from the right side unless you're using 17" wide paper/film.

~sigmo
by unknown on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:36am Add comment
No. I'm talking with normal paper, but I'll give that a try NOW.
by Spitfire_onme on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:31pm Add comment
Hi-
I inherited this 3000 as set up for B & W with second party inks . It sat in the cold 50 degrees for several days before i got it and now prints very uniform fine black lines at the bottom section of the test strip . Several attempts to use the cleaning cycle have not cured it . Any ideas would be most welcome - thank you , Kelly
by unknown on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:08am Add comment
Try removing all four carts while the printer is on and THEN turn it off. Now turn on the machine and reinstall the carts. The printer will run for about 8 minutes while the printer performs the initial ink charge. This will purge out any bad ink while at the same time it may unclog a clogged pump and any clogged jets on the head.

~sigmo
by unknown on Mar 3, 2009 at 1:41pm Add comment
Thanks so much - will try it and let you know - I do have a set of cleaning cartridges that I try too . I assume you mean when I turn it on and before beginning any printing sorry for the ignorance - this is my first foray into digital printers . KR
by unknown on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:01pm Add comment
After you remove the cartridges THEN turn it off install the cleaning carts and turn it on. Then repeat the process and install the ink cartridges. If there's hope that should do it. Good luck!

~sigmo 503-875-5719
by unknown on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:12pm Add comment
i just purchased a business that had a epson3000 and notice the same lines in my print.not bad though. bought a cleaning solution and got worse. wonder what happened any suggestions for
someone new?
by screenman on Mar 10, 2009 at 3:13am Add comment
Ineed to replace prinr head black help
by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:44pm Add comment
Hi to every one who seem enamoured with epson stylus 3000. I have recently purcahsed a secondhand one and doing a service as black did not print.I have the hood off etc waiting for an 'O' ring to appear on the black end. In the black ink slide in cartridge bay there is copious amounts of black ink, I think it should not be there. when I took the black cartridge out I found a white nylon thin washer in the bay; would any one know if this is from anything in the cartridge bay. I tried this nylon ring on the black damper spike joint but it seemed far too big. according to whom i purchased printer from it hadnt been used for six months.
I would like to say I have read the previous posts(loads of them)
I have found them very informative i hope i can achieve something with them.. thanks so far.

I got a manual and the adjustment software thanks.
Beware though, or take notice, in the manual i got, the blackprint head is labeled with an line pointing to the colour print head and vice-versa(this is a mistake isnt it?). also it advises to remove six + one screws when taking off the printmechanism. make sure you have a long reach screw driver for this as the screw at the back between the blue and black ink cartridge bays can be difficult to get to. i also found a torch useful.
by sambroxton on Apr 10, 2009 at 1:19pm Add comment
Could the nylon washer be the spacer from under the screw that secures one of the print heads?
by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2009 at 1:53pm Add comment
The nylon washer does go under the screw which secures one of the printheads.

~sigmo
by unknown on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:09pm Add comment
thanks for nylon washer info so that is where it is from, is it difficult to adjust the print head angles. from reading the manual i dont know if i have to phyiscaly adjust the angle with my hands or is it adjusted electronically some how? thanks again - sambroxton
The Service Manual for the Stylus Color 3000 can be downloaded free from this web site...



I have not tried this yet, but instructions and cleaning solution for cleaning the print heads is available at the following web site. They say that using this cleaning procedure might restore the print heads to good working condition without the need for disassembly and readjustment.



Scroll down to the "Helpful Information" section towards the bottom of the page.

by WWR on Apr 24, 2009 at 6:46am Add comment
I bought an Epson 3000 second hand. No yellow and black was printing so I cleaned and nozzle checked the inktheads several times. black seems to be going, but yellow didn't so I took of the whole of the print head and let it rest some while in some cleaning fluid. My question is: I have a print head part that nowhere seems to fit ; plastic, thin, transparent, 6x12mm(+/- 1/4x1/2inch), 4 holes in the middle.It came of from the downside printer head carriage. It seems to fit on the "cr pw sensor board assembly" next to the black print head but nothing to hold it in place. I put the printer head together again but the paper loader seems to fail since.Is this part essential or is another problem rising ?
If someone knows the correct place of this small part please give a hint, thanks.




by martinus on May 4, 2009 at 12:28pm Add comment
What color is it? Round or square? Can you send a pic to [email protected]?

~Dave
by unknown on May 5, 2009 at 12:21pm Add comment
HI , well i got my epson 3000 back together after i did a nappie change, at first the carriage was all over the place and i was disapointed, however after several days of just sitting there I looked at the wires on the board which you have to pull out to take print assembley off and geuss what, a ribbion wire was out of its place, printer does everything as normal now... except print, ink gets to dampers, waste ink gets to waste ink dump, all paper sizes and feeds regconised... but no print on paper.
I am going to try cleaning print heads next. I now enven understand some of the adjustment programe and wow it talks to the printer. I have a manual martinus that i could send if you need it? When putting back on print assembly make sure all wires and ribbions are connected to their right place, some of the colour coded plugs dont match (in colour) to their sockets, make a note/diagram of where each goes before removal to avoid confusion.the service manual is very helpful and identifies which wires go where. all the best with it.
by sambroxton on May 9, 2009 at 11:51am Add comment
Hello sam. Thank you for replying. The origin of the print head part is known. I haven't been able to test the printer yet. I'm in possession of an user manual, a service manual and a numbered list of items from the exploded color 3000 diagram. I didn't disconnected any of the cables but I'll check them anyway. thanks for the advice. Martin.
by martinus on May 9, 2009 at 2:04pm Add comment
ok dude hope u find out what it is send me a photo of it, and a better describtion of where you thought it came from , i have the hood off mine so i can easily try and find it, soon i might have to take print heads off, was removing the ribbon cables from the carriage difficult or easy to remove?. cheers - Anonymous
Hi, the item came from under the smallest of two 'oil' cushions which keeps the carriage at the correct distance along the runner, its a spring to push the felt cushion to the runner.
I didn't touch any cable. I just unscrewed the runner and released the print head carriage to clean the print head in a saucer with some cleaning liquid. I didn't loosen any cable or print head color separate, the whole carriage was on the saucer.
by martinus on May 10, 2009 at 2:28pm Add comment
Please let me know what is a re-manufactured ink jet cartridge? How does my inkjet cartridge work? I want to know about all these necessary things.

- Nelson
by nelsonbatten on May 11, 2009 at 10:34pm Add comment
How can I get dried ink out of my inkjet print head so I can print again? I want to get more technical information on inkjet printers, so I can easily solve minor problems and save my time and money.
by nelsonbatten on May 12, 2009 at 10:46pm Add comment
This link may help get you started:

http://forums.screenprinters.net/viewthread.php?fid=64&tid=190425

You can search other posts I've left here over the years for most any problem you may encounter with an Epson 3000.

~David Parker
503-875-5719
by unknown on May 13, 2009 at 9:45am Add comment
Hi David,

Thank you very much for sharing the information.
by nelsonbatten on May 13, 2009 at 10:24pm Add comment
Please let me know, can I return my recycled cartridge as credit?
by nelsonbatten on May 18, 2009 at 2:07am Add comment
Can I use the same ink for different cartridges? Is there such thing as universal ink?
by nelsonbatten on May 18, 2009 at 10:35pm Add comment
I will get some of my questions answer on use of "OEM Matched" products. I have find out some information on http://www.inkjetkarts.com/ They provide "OEM Matched" products for Epson Printer Ink Cartridges, Hp Inkjet Cartridges and Canon Printer Ink Cartridges. I am still looking for your replies. I need some more information on inkjet printer cartridges
by nelsonbatten on May 19, 2009 at 11:11pm Add comment
not all inks are the same the chemical make up of them from one company to another can be different, this can produce an adverse reaction in the ink lines/heads/dumps to avoid such a reaction(ie clogging and the like) you should flush out all the old ink lines with a clearing fluid or cleaning cartridge, if you can test the reaction between new/differents inks and old and no adverse reactions occour then it maybe safe to use them straight away.
I have been searching the net on the best type of inks, carts, ink flow systems for my own particular use, I am not sure which are excatly the best but I am thinking of going for transparent funel fillable carts and mis archival inks. hope this snipet will help
by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 12:47pm Add comment
Be careful using the clear cartridges because ink is very susceptible to uv light, especially pigment based archival inks.

~sigmo
by unknown on May 27, 2009 at 11:12am Add comment
Once it gets to a certain age it has a software flaw built into the system that will kill the machine anyway. After my last move I tried desperately and repeatedly to clean the heads because of lack of use,and caused a "fatal error" as Epson calls it. Machine gone like old friends. Anyway, good luck. I hope you both are ok.

I like the HP 130 but it's getting old like us too.

Doug
by unknown on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:29pm Add comment
also...the HP 130 has replaceable printer heads, causing this issue to fade away for very little money. I miss Montana.
by poodlelvis on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:43pm Add comment
poodlelvis...The printer does not have a software flaw. However, it does have a waste ink counter that will shut the printer down if it determines that the waste ink pads need to be cleaned or replaced. There are simple software resets available on the internet. Both the color and black print heads are replaceable on this printer.
by unknown on Jun 6, 2009 at 3:04pm Add comment
Epson calls it "fatal" not me. For the money spent , it might as well be fatal. I didn't make this up. It happens. I've had 3 different machines do it. My Chicago repair people said that it is a built into the Epson system.

Who would expect a fix is out there when Epson calls it a "fatal error". One would hope there would be a little help from the manufacturer, not some dire warning attached.

Hey, why not inculde the website for the simple software resest for Carl?

Thanks printerrepairpros,

Poodlevvis

by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2009 at 5:43pm Add comment
After changing some parts and the print heads, my SC 3000 is giving me an error. Operate and Pause are stay on constantly, and all the media type lights flash.

Any ideas what this mean?
by peterle on Jun 16, 2009 at 2:13pm Add comment
Have a look in the service manual
by mcprinter on Jun 16, 2009 at 2:35pm Add comment
See whether the paper select lever is in the correct postion.
by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:11pm Add comment
The label on the top is the voltage code, and you need the latest version of the 3000 service program to input it to or read it from the printer.

Paul
by unknown on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:07am Add comment
i need some help. I have the latest adjustment software and the service manual I have changed the black and color printhead. entered the handwitten number on the side of the blak printhead ok. the color print head has a stamped number on the top and side - niegther alpha numeric number is accepted can somebody please advise?
by unknown on Jul 11, 2009 at 12:01pm Add comment
You enter the alphanumeric number on the label on top of the
printhead. There is a way to do it through the adjustment software.
It's the screen before the one to enter black and color numbers and
it's for correcting the 720 microbanding problem. After you enter the number and hit enter you wait a few seconds and hit enter again.
by unknown on Jul 12, 2009 at 5:29pm Add comment
Hi does any one know the thickest paper/canvas the epson stylus color 3000 can print on? any advice on printing on to thicker stuff and banner printing would be useful cheers( also anything about the best inks to use)
by sambroxton on Jul 15, 2009 at 2:18am Add comment
We use Lyson reactive dyes for fabric instead of Epson inks, and have repeated problems with just the magenta blocking... any ideas please!!
by pearl on Jul 16, 2009 at 9:50am Add comment
scseries.exe was made to run on Windows 95/98.

I've created a floppy boot disk which works on most XP/Vista machines. Download it here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/3kboot.zip

Copy the files to a floppy and boot the computer to the floppy. You could also turn it into a CD boot image and boot to the CD if you don't have a floppy drive.

Regards,
David Parker
by unknown on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:00pm Add comment
I've tried creating the floppy and a cd already with those files. Neither will boot. I get a message to remove disk and reboot. I have used Windows to create a bootable floppy and ran the program after using that. Also used virtual PC and tried it under DOS 6.22, Win3.1 and WinME. Always the same result.
by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:38pm Add comment
Find a windows 95 or 98 machine to run the program. I would think it would run under win me but have never tried. Creating the boot disk and copying the files to it should have worked too. Perhaps the floppy drive is no good. I've ran into that problem before. Boot CD should have worked though. You can try downloading those files from Epson's FTP site. Not sure exactly where they are at anymore. I remember finding the files listed on a list.txt file I think. I tested my files I have for download and they work fine on my old PC's so I'm really at a loss. If you are concerned about entering the voltage ID for the heads you can't hurt the heads or printer by having the incorrect voltage entered. You won't be able to set the manual alignments without running the program, but chances are the printer is already set right. Or at least close enough that it shouldn't matter. By holding down the pause button when turning the printer on will get you to more electronic alignment adjustments than are available through the printer driver utility. Or just find a 95 or 98 windows machine. Good Luck.

Regards,
David Parker
by unknown on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:16pm Add comment
I have one of these printers, purchased new and used it sparingly for 2 years... about 3 cartridge changes. It has been sitting in a closet in a bag since. I kept thinking I was wanting to do some backlight displays at some point for our clinic... never happened and after going through the closet and remembering I should do something with it, I'm trying to decide whether I really want to keep it any longer as it takes up so much space. It was working when last used, but if anyone has any interest I'll pull it out and check it out, send photos, etc. I'm sure shipping would be less than $50 to U.S. locations... make an offer if interested. You can use the contact form on our clinic's website to contact me directly. http://www.imaginepediatrictherapy.com
by unknown on Aug 21, 2009 at 9:50am Add comment
I bought a new black print head and need the service manual please.....
by jay werner on Aug 27, 2009 at 11:20am Add comment
http://www.eserviceinfo.com/download.php?fileid=6742

Manual is 2 parts. Use the links "0" and "1" next to "Multipart:" to get them both.

http://www.eserviceinfo.com

This is the adjustment software. As posted previously I have problems with it. The lines keep overwriting on the same screen and it becomes difficult to understand. I've tried different computers and boot discs and get the same results. I also used the software downloaded from

ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/SC3K__ADJ.ZIP

which is no different for me.

If you or anyone else can varify that this program actually works properly I would like more details on your setup.
by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:05pm Add comment
The software works on Windows 95/98 machines.

Be sure to ad the following text to your autoexec.bat file:

mode lpt1: retry=p

You can download the service manual as one file here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/SC3000_sm.pdf

This is the latest version and is not a scanned copy.

Regards,
Dave
by unknown on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:32pm Add comment
When you run the adjustment program does it scroll or will the screen refresh with the next page? What is the version number displayed ? Will you have lines of data (numbers,letters & symbols) displayed at the end of the program text ? What OS and system can you currently run the program properly on ? Have you had the problem I describe by running it on a unsupported system ? Please understand I have run this program on four different computers going back to a 486 100mHz and Win 3.1 system. I have used many different Dos and Windows 95/98 boot discs. It always runs the exact same way. - Anonymous
what's an adjustment program?
by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 at 10:32am Add comment
My SC3000 is doing something I haven't seen brought up yet. I print black only for screen printing positives. But when I print, there is a small horizontal line that is at the top of whatever I print. For example, If I put 4 squares in a vertical line, there will be a white line running through the top of each one. If I put a stripe to the side that is higher up than the squares, they will print out just fine. So it only seems to affect the very top of what I print. Has anybody seen this?
by lukas1977 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:09pm Add comment
Can you send me a scan of a print to [email protected]
by unknown on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:14pm Add comment
sent
by lukas1977 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:33pm Add comment
this thread has been a great resource but i fear i found it to late.
i was having problems with my old black print head so i cleaned and cleaned and cleaned it. finally i took the it out cleaned it again (at this point i had not found the service manual) after i put it back in it stopped printing completely. so i got a new print head and went threw the install changed the voltage on the head and still nothing. i never use the color print head since i use this 3000 for printing film positives but i tested and they don't seam to be printing either. the printer goes threw the motions but i get no ink on the paper and i know its not clogged.

did i fry my main board? is there anyway to test to see if i did?

also i used a multimeter on the ffc cable to and it seams to be fine.

by unknown on Oct 30, 2009 at 7:28pm Add comment
I had a similar problem after replacing a printhead. With the printheads in the capped position I clamped off the pump tube and used a syringe to pull ink through the printhead and out the small vent tube going to the cap. My guess is that primed the printhead because it worked after that. Did you use the adjustment software to change the voltage? How did it work for you?
by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 9:06pm Add comment
my print heads are primed and still nothing this, thing is troublesome for sure.
by unknown on Oct 31, 2009 at 10:56am Add comment
I had an Epson sc800 that used the same printheads. It had a surface mounted fuse for each of the printheads. If priming didn't work that was the next thing I was going to look for. I don't think I found any reference to fuses in the SC3000 manual so disassembling the printer to look for them would likely have been my last attempt to repair it. Maybe someone with more experience can comment on that. Still would like to know about the adjustment software.
by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:22am Add comment
I work on these printers for a living and you have most likely fried the mainboard. If you got any moisture on the circuitry of the printhead the result will be what you described. Trying a known good printhead would be the next step then swapping for a known good mainboard. There is a fuse on the mainboard but only blows if the power supply has a problem not the printheads.

Did the printer print before? You may have a clogged pump. Removing it and cleaning it in the sink with warm water may help.

Here's what the Epson Technicians Inkjet Training CD says for their techs to do with a printer whose printhead nozzles are missing, deflected or not firing. It also describes how to test a pump:

This two-part process is described on the following pages:

PART A - PUMP AND CAP TEST
PART B - PRINTHEAD RECOVERY/FLUSH PROCEDURE

CLEANING SOLUTIONS REQUIRED:
Epson PN 1041371, A29 Clear fluid
Epson PN 1047886, S46 Red fluid

PART A - PUMP AND CAP TEST

1.PUMP TEST:

a) Power the printer OFF, remove any paper. Remove the top cover. Disable printhead lock mechanism. Position the printhead to the left of the cap. (to allow air valve to be open) Soak the cap with CLEAN TAP WATER. Manually rotate the pump gear and observe the fluid drain from the cap. The cap will turn white and dry if the pump is working.

b) To test if INK is flowing through the print head once the above is done. Place print head onto cap and insure that the air valve is closed. Manually rotate the pump gear and observe the ink return to the cap. The cap will turn colors corresponding to the I/C structure. If this doesn’t work then the cap or air valve assembly may require cleaning. Follow the steps below to clean and flush the pump system. HOWEVER, if the cap does fill up with the Ink colors and NO NOZZLES fire. Inspect print head cable
connections.

(This initial pump test will determine your next step. If the pump is not working at this point, you should remove and clean/ or replace the pump assembly. The pump should test good as outlined above before proceeding. I.e.; there is no sense recovering the printhead if the pump is bad).

2. CAP CLEANING:

a) REMOVE and CLEAN THE CAP: Remove the CAP assembly and the Wiper Strip, carefully removing the ink tubing. (Refer to applicable service manual). Clean the CAP and WIPER in a sink, flushing with plain water. (We recommend this CAP & Wiper cleaning step, whether the head needs flushing or not.)

b) If the printhead requires flushing, i.e.; the PUMP TEST worked OK, and you decide to do a complete flush process, then leave the CAP off and proceed to PART B. If not, replace the CAP assembly and the Wiper, and perform the NOZZLE TEST functions and cleaning cycles as necessary. If printing is not satisfactory at that point, you may decide to perform PART B at that time.

(Proceed to PART B if the printhead requires flushing)

PART B - RECOVERY/FLUSH PROCEDURE

1. GENTLY INJECT RED FLUID: Remove the CAP assembly (If not already removed). Place a paper towel in the cavity where the cap was. Position the printhead over the towel. Remove any ink cartridges. Using a syringe with tubing, gently Inject red cleaning fluid into each color and black nozzle set. (NOTE: If fluid can not be injected, install and puddle cap with fluid and let soak for 30 minutes. Retry step 1.)

2. REPLACE THE CAP and RE-INSTALL THE OLD INK CARTRIDGES: Move the CR assembly to the left and remove the paper towel, dab the area dry with a clean towel. Replace the CAP assembly and reconnect tubes.

3. PUDDLE THE CAP: Fill the cap with red fluid. That is, “puddle� the cap using the syringe.

4. SOAK OVERNIGHT: The printer is now ready to soak. The cartridges in place will keep the fluid in the head, and the red fluid in the cap will loosen any remaining residual ink. Leave undisturbed overnight

5. REMOVE THE CAP AND CLEAN: (Yes.. take out the cap and clean it again, just like Part A)

6. GENTLY INJECT CLEAR FLUID: Place a paper towel in the cavity where the cap was. Position the printhead over the towel. Remove any ink cartridges. Using a syringe with tubing, gently Inject one full syringe of clear cleaning fluid into each color and black nozzle set (flushing out the red fluid).

7. REINSTALL CAP: Put the CAP assembly back in.

8. WITH POWER ON, INSTALL NEW CARTRIDGES: Place new ink cartridges in the printer using the correct install procedure.

9. PERFORM CLEANING CYCLES UNITL FRESH INK IS IN THE CAP: It usually takes two to three cleaning cycles until the cap is “ banded� with color from the ink.

10. PRINT TEST: Power the printer up and perform a self-test or nozzle test. Perform additional cleaning cycles as needed. (We
suggest printing a photo page as for final verification. Test page files can be found on the Epson Inkjet Training CD)


by unknown on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:46am Add comment
by clogged pump you mean the pump cap that cleans the printhead? they work great and yes it did print before i took the head out and cleaned it, 3 of the nozzles were clogged or so it seamed but it did print. i cant be sure if it printed after that, i may have gotten a few lines but then it went dead for sure. i ordered a new head changed the voltage and nothing cart moves fine i can see that the pump cap is pulling ink out of the printheads but i don't get any ink on the paper, black or color. so is there a way to test my main board rather then assume its dead ,witch it very well might be? i don't have another one handy to swap out.
by unknown on Oct 31, 2009 at 2:20pm Add comment
If you put a new head in and it doesn't work it is most likely dead. I say most likely because usually the color will still print if you didn't get it wet too. Did it print before? Check the ribbon cable to printhead. Make sure the metal on the ribbon isn't folded back.

If you have an oscilloscope you can test it as per instructions in the service manual.

If you send it to me I can test it. I'll do it for no charge, you just need to pay the shipping costs.

You may want to consider another option - www.sigmowiggy.com

Regards,
David
by unknown on Oct 31, 2009 at 2:45pm Add comment
from sam broxton...have you taken any of the ribbon cables out from the top of the board at the back of the printer, make sure they are all inserted as these can pop out if not correctly shoved in, also make sure that you have inserted the printhead back into the carriage properly and that the adjustment screw is not too tight and that the nylon washer is there, my advice is sigmo knows all on the epson 3000, i had one didnt work when got it, got involved with it got loads of head aches ink every where, etc in the end sold it and got one that was already working, if I had a choice i would by a new large format printer with warranty, the epson 3000 is good if it works and you want to trial canvass or large paper/different media printing to see what could be done but they do have a mind of their own, and they dont take thicj stuff iether; the only reason I still got mine is i got ten sets of ink with it and still on the first lot, now i just use it for experimental art printing, the manual is very confusing... my advice get a new model if you can laying out on this one may just be as much as a second hand 4400
by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2009 at 3:34pm Add comment
I think our 3000 has a dead head. We changed the ink to dye-sub stuff without doing a purge (whoops) and I think it clogged up.

Cleaned everything out, flushed through with cleaner and ink pulls into into the damper fine. I'm quite sure it pulls through ink on each head clean (tested by disconnecting damper from ink hose) and so I guess the vacuum is ok. Water drains off the cleaning station too. But, absolutely nothing prints on black. Colours are fine.. is this the sign of a dead head?

I did take the head out and gently pulled through distilled water, and there was ink in there, but I wonder in all the fiddling about if there was a clog somewhere else, but I broke the head somehow..

by unknown on Nov 1, 2009 at 12:33pm Add comment
May be the head, may be the mainboard as in the previous discussions. You will need a known good head to determine this.
by unknown on Nov 1, 2009 at 1:09pm Add comment
Yeah, just read up. Hopefully not a mainboard, assume they are a lot more to replace than the head. Luckily we got the printer cheap..

You think any chance it could be some sort of blockage? I'm thinking not, since the ink level on the damper goes down each time a clean is done, so we'd surely be seeing something on the black head, even a couple of nozzles, if it wasn't dead?
by unknown on Nov 1, 2009 at 1:23pm Add comment
If you see ink in the damper going down there ink is flowing. My experience is that if there's no blockage and no printing the problem is the mainboard. You will only be able to determine this by installing a known good head. Be sure to check the ribbon cable to the head. I've worked on hundreds of these printers and I can count on one hand the number of heads that went bad and wouldn't print. What happens is people try to clean the head and get the circuitry wet or ink spills on the circuitry during shipping and this shorts out the head. While this does kill the head it almost always kills the mainboard too.
by unknown on Nov 1, 2009 at 6:01pm Add comment
Ok,
This is going to take a minute to properly explain, so please, get comfy first.

I have an Epson 3000. got it back in 2002ish .. used it like a work horse for 4 years, then it went into storage in late 2006, cleaned out, no ink, but still, storage. A few months ago,I got everything out of storage, when it came to the printer, I plugged it in, and turned it on, just to see what would happen. It charged my ink, and looked ready to go. I did a few cleaning cycles, and then this horrible noise came from it, and the little black box part that moves back and forth was stuck in the middle. I was unable to shut it off with the power button, so I unpluged it. I went to the printer shoppe down the block, explained the problem in detail and he agreed to look at it. I took it in and he kept it for 2 days, telling me that it needed a small part, and would be just fine. He said he even cleaned it out for me, on the inside as it looked a little dusty. Ok, great, no problem. I get it home, it was quiet, but in the few days that it was gone .. I had an issue with the ink, so I no longer had any to run cleaning cycles or antyhing. I unplugged it again, and it's sat, for 6 weeks. Couple days ago, I get a new order of dye sub ink, and I'm all excited to go. I fill the bulk ink system (great investment IMO) and started a cleaning cycle. Same horrible noise, and can't turn it off by the power button. I unplug it again, and call the printer man. He agrees to look at it again, for more money of course, I take it in, he tells me the part that he replaced the first time, was faulty, and he changed it again. So the first visit was $120, the second $30. In the second visit though, I made him plug it in to his computer, to see if it worked properly. I told him he needed the driver, he said he didn't. Again, I'm using dye sub ink, so he runs a test page, not one drop of ink on the paper. He says the lines are clogged. WE took the printer apart and I cleaned every tube and every line in the machine (more complicated then it sounds) most of them were clean, with very little in them, and when it came to the black box with the clear plastic ink holders in it .. all of them had ink except the black, so took that one out and ran it under warm water, and let it sit for about an hour, and it rinsed out fairly easy. We get everything put back together, he runs a test print .. nothing. Not a drop, a broken line .. nothing. He then tells me that all the heads are bad, and nothing I do short of replacing them will work. My question is .. how does he know that, if he doesn't have the drivers in to allow dye sub printing? Moving on .. he said there was one more thing he wanted to do, so a bit later, he tells me the printer is working perfectly and I can take it home. I wanted to plug it in there to test, but he said that was not possible at the moment, but if I got it home and there were still issues, to bring it back to him. I get home .. get the ink back in, go through all the motions, I turn on the computer, send a test print, and all that happens is .. the power light just flashes. That's it. Nothing else. The same thing happens for nozzle checks, and head allighnments.
Mind you, I just installed the drivers when I got home that night, my old business partner sent me the drivers for it. I installed them to the System 32/spools/driver file as directed and it shows the driver is installed. So .. what's the problem now? Again, I do not know if this guy even put the printer together correctly, and when I did call him, he agreed to look at it for another $60 and still stands by his position that it's the heads that are not working correctly. Please, if you can make sense out of this or can help, please do. My business (and sanity) depend on this printer. Thanks O.B.B.
by OBB on Nov 21, 2009 at 6:47pm Add comment
You can run a printer self test to determine whether the
problem lies with the printer itself or some other source.
o If the test results are satisfactory, the problem lies in your
computer or its printer port, software settings, or the
interface cable.
o If the test pages don’t print correctly, you may have a
problem with your printer.
Follow these steps to test the printer:
1. Load several sheets of paper in the paper tray.
2. Turn off the printer.
Caution:
Use paper that’s at least 8.3 inches (210 mm) wide.
Otherwise the print head will spray ink directly onto
the platen.
3. Hold down the LF/FF button and press the POperate
button to turn on the printer. Then release both buttons.
This prints the test pages at 360 dpi. (If the test pages don’t
print, turn off the printer. Repeat the button sequence, but
hold down both buttons for several seconds before releasing
them.)
The first page prints on the first and last lines to measure
the page length. The next page contains a nozzle check
pattern and multicolored character samples.
To print test pages at 180 dpi, hold down the Load/Eject
button while turning on the printer instead of LF/FF. The
180-dpi self test prints in black.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer while it is print ing. To end
the test, always press the Pause button, eject any
loaded paper, then turn off the printer.
4. After the second page prints, press the Pause button to stop
printing.
5. If the printer loaded any additional paper, press Load/Eject
to eject it. Then turn off the printer to end the test.
by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 8:17pm Add comment
Ok, I did what you said. I held the LF/FF when I turned the printer on. It loaded some paper, and had there been ink on the paper, I'd say it was doing what it was supposed to. It's been 20 minutes now, and it's still in there going, nothing is on the paper except the very edges where it looks like smears from somewhere inside, that shouldn't be there. It's by no means supposed to be there. However, again if there were ink, I'd be upset .. it's like the printing starts about 3 inches in where the paper is, and continues about 3 inches past where the paper stops all over the roller. The noise is a bit harsh, where the black box goes all the way into the right side, behind the ink, it kind of slams into that position. Very harsh on the printer I would think. Is there a way I can do head cleanings from the printer? I tried to hold the button down for 5 seconds like it says, but nothing happens when I do that. I'm still trying to do a head cleaning from the properties tab, but the power light just starts flashing.
by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 9:12pm Add comment
The self test printing will continue until you pause the printer and turn it off.

I've worked on hundreds of 3000's and here's my take. One issue is the stainless steel guide shaft the carriage (black box) slides on needs lube. Sewing machine oil is the closest thing to the factory lube. Use a coffee filter to wipe the shaft off and apply a generous amount of oil to it. Lack of lube is what causes it to slam all the way to the right and make loud grinding noises.

When heads go bad they generally don't stop printing, they cause fine lines to be printed outside of the margins. I've never seen both heads go bad at the same time unless ink gets spilled on the mainboard and that usually fries everything. Another thing that commonly happens is someone takes the printhead out to clean it and gets liquid on the head circuitry which will short out components on the mainboard causing the printhead to stop printing. The head may or may not die too.

The first place to troubleshoot is the pump. You mentioned the black damper didn't have ink in it after the ink charge which leads me to believe the pump may not be functioning correctly. The fact that the color dampers did and aren't printing is troubling.

If I had the machine here the first thing I would do is remove and clean the pump then install known good printheads. Since you don't have printheads that step isn't an option but you can check the pump and I will explain how in a second, but first I want to tell you not to take it back to that shop. That guy is jerking you around and clearly doesn't know what he's doing. Now as for the pump, the instructions I'm about to give come right from Epson in material supplied to their printer techs. It mentions two types of cleaning solution to use. The A29 stuff is no longer available and and the red stuff is $80 and not worth the cost. You can use ammoniated windex mixed with 10\% isopropyl alcohol instead for flushing.

Here's what the Epson Technicians Inkjet Training CD says for their techs to do with a printer whose printhead nozzles are missing, deflected or not firing:

This two-part process is described on the following pages:

PART A - PUMP AND CAP TEST
PART B - PRINTHEAD RECOVERY/FLUSH PROCEDURE

CLEANING SOLUTIONS REQUIRED:
Epson PN 1041371, A29 Clear fluid
Epson PN 1047886, S46 Red fluid

PART A - PUMP AND CAP TEST

1.PUMP TEST:

a) Power the printer OFF, remove any paper. Remove the top cover. Disable printhead lock mechanism. Position the printhead to the left of the cap. (to allow air valve to be open) Soak the cap with CLEAN TAP WATER. Manually rotate the pump gear and observe the fluid drain from the cap. The cap will turn white and dry if the pump is working.

b) To test if INK is flowing through the print head once the above is done. Place print head onto cap and insure that the air valve is closed. Manually rotate the pump gear and observe the ink return to the cap. The cap will turn colors corresponding to the I/C structure. If this doesn’t work then the cap or air valve assembly may require cleaning. Follow the steps below to clean and flush the pump system. HOWEVER, if the cap does fill up with the Ink colors and NO NOZZLES fire. Inspect print head cable
connections.

(This initial pump test will determine your next step. If the pump is not working at this point, you should remove and clean/ or replace the pump assembly. The pump should test good as outlined above before proceeding. I.e.; there is no sense recovering the printhead if the pump is bad).

2. CAP CLEANING:

a) REMOVE and CLEAN THE CAP: Remove the CAP assembly and the Wiper Strip, carefully removing the ink tubing. (Refer to applicable service manual). Clean the CAP and WIPER in a sink, flushing with plain water. (We recommend this CAP & Wiper cleaning step, whether the head needs flushing or not.)

b) If the printhead requires flushing, i.e.; the PUMP TEST worked OK, and you decide to do a complete flush process, then leave the CAP off and proceed to PART B. If not, replace the CAP assembly and the Wiper, and perform the NOZZLE TEST functions and cleaning cycles as necessary. If printing is not satisfactory at that point, you may decide to perform PART B at that time.

(Proceed to PART B if the printhead requires flushing)

PART B - RECOVERY/FLUSH PROCEDURE

1. GENTLY INJECT RED FLUID: Remove the CAP assembly (If not already removed). Place a paper towel in the cavity where the cap was. Position the printhead over the towel. Remove any ink cartridges. Using a syringe with tubing, gently Inject red cleaning fluid into each color and black nozzle set. (NOTE: If fluid can not be injected, install and puddle cap with fluid and let soak for 30 minutes. Retry step 1.)

2. REPLACE THE CAP and RE-INSTALL THE OLD INK CARTRIDGES: Move the CR assembly to the left and remove the paper towel, dab the area dry with a clean towel. Replace the CAP assembly and reconnect tubes.

3. PUDDLE THE CAP: Fill the cap with red fluid. That is, “puddle� the cap using the syringe.

4. SOAK OVERNIGHT: The printer is now ready to soak. The cartridges in place will keep the fluid in the head, and the red fluid in the cap will loosen any remaining residual ink. Leave undisturbed overnight

5. REMOVE THE CAP AND CLEAN: (Yes.. take out the cap and clean it again, just like Part A)

6. GENTLY INJECT CLEAR FLUID: Place a paper towel in the cavity where the cap was. Position the printhead over the towel. Remove any ink cartridges. Using a syringe with tubing, gently Inject one full syringe of clear cleaning fluid into each color and black nozzle set (flushing out the red fluid).

7. REINSTALL CAP: Put the CAP assembly back in.

8. WITH POWER ON, INSTALL NEW CARTRIDGES: Place new ink cartridges in the printer using the correct install procedure.

9. PERFORM CLEANING CYCLES UNITL FRESH INK IS IN THE CAP: It usually takes two to three cleaning cycles until the cap is “ banded� with color from the ink.

10. PRINT TEST: Power the printer up and perform a self-test or nozzle test. Perform additional cleaning cycles as needed. (We
suggest printing a photo page as for final verification. Test page files can be found on the Epson Inkjet Training CD)

If you need a service manual you can find one online for free here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/SC3000_sm.pdf

You can also call me if you'd like - 503-875-5719

Regards,
David Parker
by unknown on Nov 21, 2009 at 10:30pm Add comment
Hi.My printer seems fine right upto when i try to print a photograph. (or anything on 1420 res.) Fine black lines appear spoiling the print. The nozzle test works fine, I've run the nozzle clean routine, flushed and wiped the 'parking sponges' let the print head rest on soaked sheets( removed lots of ink but black continues to be emitted). Best quality(plain paper) prints fine. Best quality (photo glossy) prints with fine black lines which viewed up close consist of a trail of dots across the page. setting the lever (right hand) to + seems to slightly reduce the effect. Help please. Where now?
by timbur on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:37pm Add comment
Do the fine lines extend outside of the print margin or all the way to the edge of paper?

If so you've got a bad print head. If the lines are magenta it's the color head which is most common. Black indicates a bad black head. If you can send me a scan of the print I can tell you for sure.

Regards,
David Parker
by unknown on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:49pm Add comment
hello jcsports, just read your info, my epson black print head is cloged. do you have the manual or software that shows you how to unclog the head?
by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 12:15pm Add comment
Hi, is there any way to eliminate micro banding on Epson Stylus Color 3000.
I use only black on Ulano Inkjet film and Windows Vista.

Thanks,
Marengo
by unknown on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:22pm Add comment
There's lot's of ways described in this thread.
by unknown on Feb 4, 2010 at 6:22pm Add comment
OK, Now about some support for us Mac users. I notice any software download soft are for Microsoft users only. especially the adjustment software.
My os system now users Snow. Apple includes most printer drivers automatically. But the latest doesn't include the details as in the PPC list. such as print set up and paper,color management.etc.Just print.
Meanwhile I have my 3000 all apart. I did mange to get the blk to print. nozzle check works. but all 4/c print are weak, faded...so back to the service manuel to remove the pump and clean it. also remove to print heads for cleaning and also the feed lines...I hope I succeed.
by 4nicks on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:37am Add comment
I have an epson stylus color 3000 that I haven't used in over 5 years and it seems that the print head is clogged, could you please help me on how to unclogged the print head?

Thank You,
Carlo

by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 at 2:51pm Add comment
Everything I could tell you has been discussed in this thread.
by unknown on Feb 24, 2010 at 3:11pm Add comment
Hey JCSports....

I have clogged heads on my 3000 and would appreciate any help you could send me for repair information.

Thanks...

Rich
by unknown on Feb 26, 2010 at 6:45am Add comment
by unknown on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:38am Add comment
need help please.
thanks in advance,
rick
by unknown on May 7, 2010 at 7:49pm Add comment
sigmowiggy.com
by unknown on May 7, 2010 at 10:54pm Add comment
Your adjustments are way out on the photos on the bottom of that page, hope you changed them before sending the printers out! :-)

Paul
by unknown on May 8, 2010 at 1:11am Add comment
Those really are what the adjustments should look like. It's fairly simple to know if your adjustments are correct - make an adjustment then print a test print/film. You can find all kinds of test prints on the internet.
by unknown on May 8, 2010 at 10:54am Add comment
The lines should meet, not cross half way between each other. For example, look at the black & magenta one, the lines should run into each other.

Paul
by unknown on May 8, 2010 at 4:22pm Add comment
Well, we are just gonna have to disagree on this one. Do the adjustments and print a test print to see for yourself. I used to modify factory new 3000's and they came from the factory this way. It's really simple to prove. Print out test prints and change the adjustments and look at your results.
by unknown on May 8, 2010 at 5:15pm Add comment
Do you have the service manual?
Look at sections 4.1.4 and 4.1.5 from page 117, all you need to know there.
Quote: Follow the flowchart below to align the black and color lines continuously by making the gap width less than 1/4 of the line width.
All Epson printers with his type of adjustment have always been the same, the heads are not aligned in your example and this makes all of the other adjustments wrong also.

Paul
by unknown on May 9, 2010 at 1:18am Add comment
Paul, have used the SC3000 adjustment program? Do you ever have problems with it not displaying properly? - Anonymous
Anonymous~
The Adjustment program was made to run on Windows 95/98 through a parallel cable.

Download the adjustment software here:

ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/SC3K__ADJ.ZIP

Add the following text to the autoexec.bat file on your computers c: drive:

mode lpt1: retry=p

When you run scseries.exe do the following

On the first screen press the down arrow key once to select the "Stylus Color 3000" as the printer model and press the enter key.

On the second screen press the down arrow key once to select "EAI" as the destination and press the enter key.

On the third screen just press the enter key which will have selected the option to "Perform <Boot this PROGRAM>"

The program will start and the Service Manual can guide you from here.

You can download the service manual here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/SC3000_sm.pdf

I've also created a bootable floppy which runs the program on most XP/Vista machines.

Download it here:

http://www.sigmowiggy.com/3kboot.zip

Copy the files to a floppy and boot the computer to the floppy. You could also turn it into a CD boot image and boot to the CD if you don't have a floppy drive.


Paul~
I have 3 versions of the English interpretations of the Japanese service manuals. I know what they say. I am only offering my personal experience here. I have been servicing Epson 3000 printers for a living nearly every day for close to a decade. Hundreds and hundreds of them. In order to produce the best photographs or darkest films with the cleanest halftone output for burning to a screen, this is how I adjust my printers. Anybody reading this post who is repairing his or her 3000 can and should print out a target photograph or film separation after making adjustments in order to determine if they are getting the best quality from their machine. Have you even worked on one of these machines? I just tried to make them line up so I could print an example of the quality difference and it is physically impossible to set the angular and linear adjustment levers to a position where the horizontal lines will line up. Lastly, if you go to the test pattern print out section of the adjustment software and print out the check pattern for A4 and check pattern for A3 it is clearly obvious how the patterns should look. Pay close attention to pattern 5.TAKASA of the A3 print out in relation to the Head Linear Adjustment ( BK-M ) print out after making that manual linear adjustment. Now make your manual Angular adjustments and look at the pattern 2.BETA (BLACK) and 3.BETA (C-M-Y-B) of the A4 Check Pattern print out and 2.BETA GRAY 1440DPI 720DPI and 4.BLACK & YMC ANGULAR of the A3 Check Pattern print out. These prints will make it clear how the alignments should be made.


Regards,
David Parker
by unknown on May 9, 2010 at 12:16pm Add comment
Sigmo,
Thanks again for the information and files. I'm the same person that posted the problem here last year. I could not get my computer to boot with that disc. - Anonymous
Worked on one? Worked on a million and one so have aligned enough heads in my time!

Not worth arguing about anyway because these machines are so old now, but Epson still use the same adjustment patterns on the newer models. Take a look at some of those, you will see the lines on all the patterns need to line up too.

To Anon, i'm guessing you have the DOS version of the service program? I remember that you have to have the line which enables ANSI.SYS either in the autoexec.bat or config.sys, can't remember which, been a while since i used it. I think it was just a c:\\folder name\\ansi.sys line in one of them. Without it you would just get a screen of random characters and it would be virtually impossible to use the program. There is a version of it that runs under windows which is much easier to use.

Paul
by unknown on May 9, 2010 at 1:26pm Add comment
Paul,
Yes it is the Dos version and the screen does fill with characters. The ANSI.sys file and reference to it are present. Can you tell me the name of the windows version or where it can be found ? - Anonymous
I have all the Epson training CD's which contain all versions of the adjustment software and none are windows based. Only the DOS based which run under Windows. There is also no Windows version available on the Epson US website for Epson Authorized Technicians. If there is one available outside the US I couldn't get it because I'm only authorized on Epson's US technical website.

Have you tried contacting your computer manufacturer for assistance booting to the disk? Try creating a boot disk on your computer and try booting to it. If you are successful add the files on my disk which are not present to it and add the following to the autoexec.bat file:

mode lpt1: retry=p

To edit the autoexec.bat rename it autoexec.txt and open it in any text editor. When you are done change the name back to autoexec.bat.

Regards,
Dave

by unknown on May 9, 2010 at 8:30pm Add comment
Thanks Sigmo

I wasn't having a problem creating working boot discs with other files but the program still didn't run correctly. I finally got it working today by using ANSI.SYS 1988 1.6kb from DOS 3.3 , a DOS 5.0 boot disc I was using at the time and the adjustment program ver 3.1 files you provided. The screen is now multicolor and text is properly displayed. The test patterns printed but my printheads are badly clogged again from sitting so long.

by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 10:44am Add comment
Did you replace the print heads or a repair center?
If you replaced the print heads yourself can you please
send me info on how to do the replace the print heads.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
rjb300
by rjb300 on May 17, 2010 at 7:07am Add comment
I replaced it myself but it was some time ago. Sigmo has provided the manual for download in a previous post. I think I unplugged the power before the carridge parked/capped and was able to access it without removing covers. - Anonymous
Would a leaky cartridge not allow the print heads to print properly?

I've tried every kind of cleaning on the printer and the only thing I can find is that the black cartridge leaks. That's the color that won't print.
by maureenpr on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:47am Add comment
I've been trying to clean my black print head. I've run the cleaning cycle several times, but the black head won't print. There is ink in the damper but it's like the head is clogged. I've tested it to see if the pump works and yes, it works.
I even ran the test of taking the cartridges out and replacing them while the unit is on. The one thing I noticed is that the black ink cartridge is leaking. Can that mean that the system is not able to get any ink out of the cartridge for being air in the tubing? Should I replace the black cartridge before trying anything else?
by maureenpr on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:49am Add comment
I would replace the cartridge then the black print head.
by unknown on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:22am Add comment
My Epson SC3000 started acting up after a small poster job for my daughter. The black started to leave blanks and I thought it was a blockage as I don’t use it that much.
When I did a nozzle pattern check, it printed the first vertical line, it missed the first black “rectangle” completely and printed the second “rectangle” perfectly.
After a few unsuccessful cleaning cycles I decided to buy a cleaning kit (with a syringe) and after some improvisation managed to (very gently) flush the black head out through the damper without removing the top.
After putting the tube to the damper back on I was unable to get any black output at all.

I have run two initial charge cycles and there is still no black output. I then removed the top and cleaned everything in sight (including washing out and drying the ink pads!) with the result that the colour output is better than it has ever been but still no black.

I have checked that the pump(s) are working using the “water on the cap” method and they seem to be fine.

I made sure that the “O” ring was still in place when I re-connected the ink supply.

I have reached the conclusion that the black ink head has failed and I am just looking for some confirmation of that before I buy a new print head.

I have the manual and the bootable software, which I will try before I purchase, so I will probably attempt the replacement myself.

Any thoughts anybody?
by countyman on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:54am Add comment
Well, replacing the black cartridge seemed to do the trick. No more leaky black ink when I remove the cartridge. I ran the test on it, and VIOLA! the black printed.
But then I tried printing something from Illustrator and no black, it would just print black as a combination of CMY, which was really horrible. I tried printing it several different ways and could not for the life of me figure out why the black would not print.
Then I tried "Color Sync" and it printed beautifully with the black!! Finally!
by maureenpr on Jul 15, 2010 at 7:00am Add comment
Countyman - The only real way at this point to know if the black head has failed is to replace it. Sadly it could be much worse. If you injected cleaner through the head and the laminate inside failed then you filled the inside of the head with liquid. If that is the case and you applied power to the head then you may have fried the mainboard. One thing you can do is remove the head and inject cleaner through it. If fluid comes out anywhere other than the nozzles it's bad, or if it seems to only come out the nozzles then you turn the head upside down and fluid pours out the back this too is bad. You can buy an epson stylus color 800 off ebay for less than the cost of a new head. That printer uses the same heads. You could go that route for around $30.
by unknown on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:08am Add comment
Sigmo - Thanks for that. I took the head out and tested it for leaks and it appears to be sound with no fluid emanating from where it shouldn't. I'm in the UK so Epson 800's aren't as plentiful as over there, so I think I will have to take a leap of faith and buy a new head. I ran the software and that appears to function perfectly on an XP machine. Thanks for your help. - countyman
Sigmo - I have fitted a new black print head and it's working fine. Any tips for the calibration process? The angle adjustment levers are not very accessible, do you have to lift off the damper each time you make an adjustment or can you remove the small black "cube" on the front of the CR to gain access?
by countyman on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:42am Add comment
All you do is loosen the screw on the head the use your finger to reach under the front of the lever. You lift up and slide left or right to get the proper alignment. There's two angular adjustments in the front and a linear adjustment on the side which moves the color head. It is much easier to move than the two in the front. You can see what some of those alignments will look like at the bottom of the page of http://www.sigmowiggy.com.
by unknown on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:19pm Add comment
i need some help with my epson stylus color 3000.
i just put new cartridges but it is printing really faint and choppy. choppy as in, there are a lot of line separations.

have you heard of this happening before?

MIKE
by unknown on Oct 29, 2010 at 2:49pm Add comment
print cartridge is grinning to the right?????
by liquidefx on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:58pm Add comment
Hi everybody,
First, thanks to Sigmo, I read all his threads, and it was so interesting.
This is my problem with my Epson 3000:
I bought it recently. Color prints were really bad, and nothing at all in black.
I install new print heads (black and color) without adjustemnents.Then black print were good, but nothing in colors. No ink in dampers. I got out the print heads another time, and then, discovered your threads about print heads. So, I made an initial startup, colours ink goes to dampers and colours prints were nice.
But ...... now, nothing in black. Damper(black) is half full.
I change ribbon, because it was dammage at the end, near black print head. I made adjustement with dos program, but nothing in black. I remove black head and push air through the tube, ink goes away from nozzle, so ink goes well.
So: 1st: I broke the print head after installing without adjustement, or because bad ribbon ?
2nd: Main board is out of order, due to ribbon or head problem ?
How can I test which part is out of order, or what adjustement to do to solve the problem?

Many thanks for your reply
Greetings from France
by patsix on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:25am Add comment
Patsix, Not using the adjustment program will have no effect on the printhead. It only fine tunes the quality of the printing process.
Take a look at the pump\\cap mechanism. put some water on the pads and run a cleaning cycle. Then look at the pads. If the water does not get sucked down on both pads ink is not being pulled through the printhead properly.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:05am Add comment
Printerrepairpros advice was good, that is always where I start. I generally always remove the pump and clean it along with the wiper blade. I would check the pump first.

I'm pretty sure that it's not the pump though. The ribbon cable short most likely blew a fuse on the mainboard. The fuse is not the kind of fuse you can just look at and see it's blown. The way to test it it to install another known good head. If it doesn't print, the pump is working and the cable is good then it's almost definitely the mainboard. MacMedia is a wide format supply company that repairs boards. Not sure if they work on 3000 boards but it's worth a call. It will be much cheaper than buying a new board.

Regards,
Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:51am Add comment
Thanks a lot for theses informations. I will try to find an old 3000 to pickup the main board. For the moment I will print in color. Color is more nice than black, isn't it ? ?
Regards
Patsix




by patsix on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:10pm Add comment
Hi,
Just a little question, to be sure it is not a problem with black printhead, is it possible (and safe) to connect the ribbon of color printhead, on black printhead to see if something print (small lines, dots ....) On the main board, the end of ribbon seems to be quite same.
Thank You.
Patsix
by patsix on Jan 22, 2011 at 4:39am Add comment
How can I tell if I have dead printheads?
by unknown on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:52am Add comment
Switching the cables will not work. The only real way to know is to install a known good print head. Go find an old Epson stylus color 800 and take the head out of it to test. It is the same head.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:16am Add comment
sigmo, I don't know if you were responding to me, but I took your advice and tried to get an old Epson Stylus color 800, no luck. Some history: My colors were printing fine, a trace of black on nozzle check, I tried the thermonuclear solution from David Cran, lost the trace of black the other colors printed fine, then the next day nothing not a trace of any ink, no colors no black.

I was told by david that I probably had dead heads, I went on line for printer heads I found Alibaba.com , bought what I thought were print heads but are probably Dampers, I have not recived them..

Please advice - joe brisson
My problem is my epson 3000 started printing what is mostly splotchy black boxes were there should be black text both when printed from the computer or even from the printer self test, the colors print great HELP?
by dcgraphics on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:10pm Add comment
FYI, I ended up taking the black print head out of an old epson 1520 that I had and put it in my epson 3000 and it works perfect. So I guess that means if your printer starts printing black splotchy boxes instead of text or a recognizable nozzle check pattern it's a bad print head - dcgraphics
Check the pump for proper operation and do a nozzle test print. If after doing head cleans it doesn't get better it may need to be services. Please read previous posts.
by sigmowiggy on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:13pm Add comment
Your pump may be clogged. Running the cleaning fluid through may have actually damaged the main board. If a head is bad it can short out a fuse on the mainboard. I sell black heads for $90 and color heads for $150. If the board is bad MacMedia may be able to repair it.

Regards,
David Parker
Sigmo Inc.
503-875-5719
by unknown on Jan 28, 2011 at 11:32am Add comment
I put a new black print head and always nothing printed in black.
certainly, motherboard out of order.
Color printing is still good.
I know there is a way to print in black only, when something wrong with colors, or when color cartriges are empty, but:
is there a way to print without black print head, that is to say, making black with the three colors?
Thanks for your help.
patsix
by patsix on Feb 1, 2011 at 7:37am Add comment
None that I know of.
by unknown on Feb 1, 2011 at 12:15pm Add comment
I tried a cleaning process on my epson 3000, it didn't work. So where do you buy a print head and how much. Also I will welcome your tips. How is software involved? some one also mentioned here a pump at the cleaning station.
by Ratna b on Feb 9, 2011 at 7:57pm Add comment
Hello,

I bought print heads at gedat.com, fast and good price,
black print head:45€
colour print head:60€
Shipping: 12€ DHL

by patsix on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:24am Add comment
Hi,
Message for Sigmo,
I replace my print heads and I put a second hand mother board
All is fine when I print from Word, or other packoffice (black or color)

All is fine too, if I print color logo (jpg), but:

When I try to print a logo (jpg) in black, I get a bad image, a ghost image under the main image, and a lot of pixel around the lines.

I tried many print driver without result.
You can see a scan of the print here:

http://www.maza.fr/transfert/test_epson.jpg

Any idea?

Thanks a lot
by patsix on Mar 8, 2011 at 3:53am Add comment
Thank you for your information. But really, I don't understand why all is right when printing a letter from Word, or printing a circle from Publisher, and so bad quality when printing a pdf file, or jpg ??? (the two print heads are brand new)
by patsix on Mar 9, 2011 at 4:08am Add comment
Do you get the same effect when printing the images to another printer? If so, the original images are the problem. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Mar 9, 2011 at 7:28am Add comment
No, the image printed by another printer are fine
by patsix on Mar 9, 2011 at 7:41am Add comment
Are you sending it to another printer from the same computer?

Settings can change from one program to another on the same computer. If that's not the case I'm not sure what to say. You say both heads are new?

Did you clean the capping station and wiper blade before installing the heads?

~Sigmo
by unknown on Mar 9, 2011 at 2:06pm Add comment
Patsix, did you use the adjustment program to set up the printheads which are currently in the printer? Head rank, gap, uni and bi directional adjustments etc.?
by unknown on Mar 9, 2011 at 7:45pm Add comment
Yes , but ot all adjustement.
Only voltage and gap. May be the solution, I try to do all the adjustement to day, Thanks for this information.

I put a new scan of print problem there:
http://www.maza.fr/transfert/test-2.jpg

It is a scan of a pdf print
Regards
by patsix on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:14pm Add comment
Select black only from the print driver and print it again to see if it still does it. I think printerrepairpros is right about the alignment.
by sigmowiggy on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:45am Add comment
I made all the adjustement with no result.
I try to print from another PC with Ubuntu, and the problem is still there

If I look carefully with a magnifier, I can see that the ghost image is made of color, and not black.

I try to print in black, in the driver, and there, THE PRINTS ARE GOOD !!!

thanks for your help.
Patrice


by patsix on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:54am Add comment
My guess is one of the heads isn't seated correctly or adjusted correctly. If it's a logic board issue it may not be worth having it repaired. I've never seen a logic board problem manifest in this way.

Sigmo

by unknown on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:47am Add comment
OK, I will put an eye on print head tomorrow.
by patsix on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:08pm Add comment
Sigmo,

One more time, I think you are right. I moved gently print heads and I saw the prints worst .
So I will try to put print head correctly.

First: Is the spring putting the print head in correct position and then is it correct to block the head in this position with the screw?

Second: The color print head is not secure with the screw. It can move gently, pushing by the spring. Is that OK, or does the print head be blocked? In this case I will have to add a some spacer.

After, I suppose I have to make adjustements for both print head.

Last question, do you think the problem is the color head or black head ?

Nice to go to a solution . Thanks a lot.
Now I 'll go to some rest, it's midnight in France !!

Bye




by patsix on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:09pm Add comment
I'm not sure which head is to blame. When I install the heads I put the carriage to the right but not all the way. Maybe an inch off. If it is all the way the capping station will interfere with seating the head. Maybe put the carriage in the middle to be safe. Next I install the color head first. I slide the ribbon cable through the slot on the left of the carriage and attach it to the head. Next I seat the head. Next I set the nylon white washer in the circular recess where the screw secures the head. Next I install the screw but not tight. Next I install the spring which should push the head into the correct position and tighten the screw. Now I install the black head in the same manner except I don't connect the ribbon cable until after the head is installed. That's it. When making the manual adjustments be sure to loosen the screw first and don't forget to tighten after the adjustment.

Sigmo
by sigmowiggy on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:22pm Add comment
Can someone help?

Currently the black print head print fine on the print head test, but when it prints on the actual artwork problems come up - missing line or print some extra thin lines (close to the image). Looks like clogged nozzle, but it is not because Check Nozzle was perform before and after the print job and the test were fine.

I use ink jet transparency for my work and the setting on the printer is on Ink Jet Transparencies.

What causes that type of problem? - jcsports
Some additional thoughts in addition to Sigmo's instructions. Before tightening the screws on each printhead, give the head a gentle wiggle to make sure they are properly seated. You may find it a bit easier to plug the black cable into the printhead before installing it in the carriage. Finally, should adjustments be made that require moving the lever on the right side of the carriage, be sure to loosen the color head screw before moving the lever lest you do damage. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Mar 10, 2011 at 4:07pm Add comment
I've got an Epson Stylus Photo 1400. I need to buy a cleaning kit for it but there are 2 kits. 1 for DURABRIGTH printers and 1 without. what is Durabright and does my printer have this?
by graphomatics on Mar 10, 2011 at 5:08pm Add comment
The Durabright inks are long lasting, smudge proof, instant drying, waterproof and light resistant. This unit uses the newer Claria hi-def dye inks which have many of the same characteristics. I would go with the kit for the Durabrights.
Hope this helps.
by unknown on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:12pm Add comment
Can someone help?

Currently the black print head print fine on the print head test, but when it prints on the actual artwork problems come up - missing line or print some extra thin lines (close to the image). Looks like clogged nozzle, but it is not because Check Nozzle was perform before and after the print job and the test were fine.

I use ink jet transparency for my work and the setting on the printer is on Ink Jet Transparencies.

What causes that type of problem? - jcsports
About my problem of ghost image.
I made a print test which shows the real problem.
With publisher, I draw a black line, and then on the same line I draw a color line offset right 3cm (red then blue, then yellow)
The sc3000 prints the test, and I can see that the color line is under the black line, about 1mm. It's really a problem with position of print head (as Sigmo said )
I will buy a head carriage assy, because the screw for black head cannot be tighten (plastic broken, and there is no white spacer.
Thanks for your help.
http://www.maza.fr/transfert/test-1.jpg

by patsix on Mar 14, 2011 at 5:25am Add comment
I have an Epson 3000 I need to sell. Please contact me if interested with an offer. Thanks!
by Sewlutions on Aug 2, 2011 at 1:50pm Add comment
my printer doesn't print black it was given to and had been sitting for a while !
by bk1236 on Sep 4, 2011 at 10:18am Add comment
Hello

can you help me please,my printer epson stylus color 3000 is with all ligts on and i tryed everything and nothing works.
I cleanned the pads and i used the russian software but it still the same.

I hope you can help me

Thank you
by kid4ever65 on Jan 23, 2012 at 6:52am Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 1:46pm Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 1:47pm Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 1:47pm Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 1:48pm Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 1:48pm Add comment
Hold PAUSE + LF/FF + MICRO ADJ (arrow down) for 5 seconds when you power the printer on.

Sigmo
by unknown on Jan 23, 2012 at 2:01pm Add comment
How did you clean yours? where should I stick the seringe? I took the front cover off, I can see all the parts but I dont see where to pump in the solution.
by cmk_ver on Jan 24, 2012 at 5:18am Add comment
When printing to film, the ink is streaking, or smearing. In the past I cleaned the print head and it's solved the problem. Not so any more. I have set the adjust level to + and it's no longer help either. The print heads were all replace about 8 months ago. Yes this beast is old but has done wonders. HELP!!!
by unknown on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:15pm Add comment
It is probably time for service. If the heads were replaced and the capping station and wiper blade were not cleaned then heads will decline in print quality faster. A last quick fix before service is to remove the ink carts while the machine is on then turn it off. Reinstall the carts and turn it on then let it go through the 8 minute charge cycle. This is only a temporary fix. If that doesn't help it will need service. I service the machines if you decide to go that route. See www.sigmowiggy.com.

Regards,
David Parker
Sigmo Inc.
503-875-5719
by unknown on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:24pm Add comment
Hello,
Wow colour printing perth is the best for all person because you can design your our choose cloths, t-shart, cards and other many things.
by unknown on Jul 28, 2012 at 2:35am Add comment
Hi, could anyone help me? I took out the printheads from my Epson SC 3000 in order to clean them and then put them back. The test print run directly from the printer is good, but if I print anything from my PC it's just a bunch of horizontal lines spread over few pages. How could I calibrate the printer, the head alignment doesn't work.
Thank you, Patrik
by Pa3k851 on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:02am Add comment
We bought this new years ago. Been a good machine. Today went to print when it got halfway through the print job it squealed like a horn and the print head was far off to the right. Everything shifted to the right printed off paper. Did this for 3" of lines squealed again and went back to original printing area. All the ink comes out right. We print on 17" wide rolls and go 32" long. Please if anyone has an idea.
by drafter on Feb 8, 2014 at 1:40pm Add comment
drafter...In all likelihood the printer is losing it's home position mid print due to the carriage binding. Clean and relubricate the carriage rail with a non gumming oil and you will most likely be OK. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Feb 8, 2014 at 3:15pm Add comment
hello, i have been trying to get this printer going again. the black was clogged in the drain line and wasn't printing at all, basically took the drain lines out de-clogged then soaked the drain pads in hot water and put a windex soaked napkin under the heads. everything seems to be printing ok except i now am getting streaking in all colors and black.. the colored prints where fine beforehand. Also have been running multiple head cleanings. and I'm using a water based sublimation ink btw.. any help would be great kinda at a loss for words as to what it could be.
by grainws on Sep 19, 2014 at 12:12pm Add comment
New Epson stylus color 3000 manuals now are available on EBAY ( I had been searching for this for a while now, but no longer have my printer). They are tossing in some other service manuals as well. http://www.ebay.com/itm/262056810767?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
by lala21 on Sep 19, 2015 at 6:17pm Add comment

I need help changing the print head in my Epson 3000 - I have 2 printers - one will not stay in alignment and the other black ink is plugged and I have soaked it and cannot get it to budge.

HELP !!!

by renaewilber on Dec 7, 2015 at 1:51pm Add comment

I need to know how to access the

Print head on my Epson Stylus Color 3000. Can anyone help me?

Thank

by SandyLee on Aug 1, 2017 at 3:52pm Add comment
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hi,
after spending long hours,i found this site.I have a stylus 3000 printer,that just cost me about the same as a new one in repairs,but funds are not therew to replace.Can you maybe help me with the service manual and software.They replaced the black head,but now i have plenty of banding on my cyan,and the colours are horrible.Previous i ran it on win 2000 but now had also to change over to win xp,with sevice pack 2.dont know if that can influence my printer driver.It seems the cyan head fires some nozzles at random if printing specially photo,s.Thin blue lines at random all over the page.
I would really appreciate your help.
thanx giel du toit
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