coomie

asked Nov 11, 2011 at 12:45pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo R1800

Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Erratic start/shut off

Can anyone help me with an annoying situation. My Epson prints fine but it has problems in start up and shut down.
If the printer is 'off' and I turn it 'on', it goes through its start up cycle with the green start light flashing and the cartridge carriage tracking back and forth and then it may just shut itself 'off' straight away. It can take me a few attempts to get it to accept staying 'on'. Or, at any time, when it is 'on' it may independently go through the start up cycle again then stay 'on', or even shut itself down.
coomie, a number of possibilities. The first thing I would check is to make sure that the carriage encoder (mylar strip running from side to side is clean. GENTLY Clean with paper towel and water.) Next, using a paper towel, clean off the carriage rod upon which the carriage moves from side to side. Relubricate with a non gumming oil such as sewing machine oil. Don't over lubricate. Then report back to this post. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Nov 12, 2011 at 2:23pm Add comment
Thank you printerrepairpros, I will try that and report back - coomie
Hi printerrepairpros, I did the cleaning as suggested and the printer is certainly better. It just started up without cycling itself off but it is still going through start up mode independently at odd intervals, and at one point did turn itself off, then on again. Should I try another clean or is there another approach. I certainly feel that the cause is a communication one.
by coomie on Nov 15, 2011 at 8:34am Add comment
coomie, what happens if you turn the printer on with the usb cable disconnected?
by unknown on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:49am Add comment
Hi printerrepairpros, It is pretty much the same in its unpredictable pattern. - coomie
coomie, 3 possible problems come to mind. 1) Something is shorting out within the printer, 2) the power supply board is failing, 3) the main board is failing.
by unknown on Nov 16, 2011 at 9:58am Add comment
This is now starting to get into the realm of printer repair land. Something that I can't do myself and therefore uneconomical relative to the value of the machine. Would you agree or is it still within my limited scope.
by coomie on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:53pm Add comment