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Printer problems

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Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
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Builder of Finescale Signals in 2mm scale to 7mm scale, Trackwork, Turnouts and Layouts.
It looks like my Epson 1290 has finally given up the ghost, all I get now is the green on light and the red fault light, can't even change the cartridges. So it looks like I will have to persevere with the A4 printer for the moment. I do still have a Roland A3 pen plotter, which will no doubt take a lot longer, if I can get it to communicate with the PC. I haven't looked to see if the PC has a Printer port, I suppose there is always USB to serial.

Unless there is an Epson 1290 expert out there and it's something simple I can fix.

I will have to start saving up the pennies for something better.

For a short term fix it is possible to set the A4 printer to print something a bit longer but then it's a pain when I want to print a letter, just as well I have yet another A4 printer!

If no luck and I still have no luck, anybody want some Compatible Inkjet cartidges to suit a 1290?
 
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Phil O

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My Epsom 1290, gave up the ghost about 3 years ago, after a pretty long and useful life, it certainly didn't owe me anything. I now have a Canon Wifi printer.
 
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Stephen Freeman

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Builder of Finescale Signals in 2mm scale to 7mm scale, Trackwork, Turnouts and Layouts.
I haven't given up on the Epson entirely, just stored it until I can find time to have a go at stripping it down and re-building. In the meantime I can fool the A4 printer into printing quite a good length, I haven't tried anything longer than A3 at the moment but I have some longer paper that I can reduce in width, which might be possible. I shall have to experiment.

In the meantime I have just posted some new photos in the media section, the templates were printed on the Epson about 18 years ago when I built the pointwork for him. Sadly the layout no longer exists but I think it worthy of saving a few shots for posterity at the very least.
 
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