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I did discover what the clattering was about. Can't remember who suggested wiping the bar, but went to do that and discovered that one of the little black round things that holds up the lid from resting on the CIS ink-tubing had come off and fallen into the left corner. So when the carriage hit the left, it hit the thing. I had a good, hysterical laugh at how stupid it was not to check that, and probably wouldn't have seen it if the flashlight hadn't been in my hand. The magenta on the 740 is still partially plugged, although I've been working on it for several days now. A couple things I have learned is that the inexpensive diabetic syringe that comes with the needle attached, is an easier thing to use to get Windex onto the sponge pad. You can get 3 of them for 0.40. Another thing is instead of the 3/32 tubing mentioned in the FAQs to put over the heads to hold the Windex are these little hard-plastic medicine dispensers for kids you'll find in Wal-Mart's pharmacy. They give them away free. The hole at the bottom, as close as I can measure it, is just about the same size, and one holds up to 5 ml. It will stand right there over the head, and there's a soft bulb on the top that you remove to pour in the Windex. You can carefully put the bulb back on to exert a little gentle pressure. I bought some Fantastik today, so maybe that will be more effective than the Windex. Best regards, Marie Steve Smith wrote: > > I have had the chattering happen on my 1200. Its an easy fix if it is > the same problem. Take a paper towel and clean the main silver carriage > bar. Excessive ink on this bar is usually the cause for this noise and > subsequent printing problems. Excessive ink on the bar may come from > changing a cartridge or just by taking it in & out other than for > changing. On the 1200- get to the right side of the bar by unplgging > it when the carriage is on the left. > > Thursday, May 16, 2002, at 01:03 PM, mrs.thingy wrote: > > > So, I pulled out the CIS cartridges in the 740 to work on the plugged > > magenta line. I very carefully did a little thing with Windex and a > > syringe, just to see if a little prodding might unplug it. After a few > > minutes, I put both cartridges back in and turned it on. Now the > > carriage swings to the very left and clatters; swings to the very right > > and clatters, then stops dead with all the left lights red, and the top > > red and green lights flashing. Now, what did I do? Any ideas as to how > > to get it back online? I really doubt I'll have the nerve to do a thing > > to the 1200 except change back to Epson inks. > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.