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Powell, Thanks for the comments. Are you sure about the head not squirting during cleaning? I watched mine carefully yesterday, and when the head moved sideways to pass the jets over the scraper pad, I could see the ink pad covered with a layer of fresh ink that hadn't soaked in yet. While I was watching this the vacuum pump whirred into action and the ink disappeared down into the pad like magic. I'm in the UK and got a quote from the service agent recommended by Epson UK. They quoted me £10 each way for collection and delivery, £35 for labour, plus whatever parts are necessary. If you don't want it done because the parts are too expensive, it's about £25 for the inspection. I suspect it is a ROM memory problem, but have no idea what the cost of parts might be. I may try, just to find out. Bob Frost. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Powell Hargrave" <email@example.com> > > Wish I could tell you why. I've had two well used Epsons, a 700 and a 1200 > stop spitting ink and there have been several others report similar > failures. Logically it is likely either a head or controller board > failure, but I do not know how to diagnose which. I still have the dead > 1200 in hopes that a repair may be possible. A head isn't too expensive > but the controller board is. > > Has anyone with this type of failure had Epson repair the printer? If so > can you comment? > > > >So if ink can be squirted out during a cleaning cycle, why not while > >printing? > > The head isn't squirting the ink out it is being sucked out by the vacuum pump. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.