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Powell, Progress I think. After stripping my 1270 right down so I could see how it all worked and find out how it comes to bits, I thought I had better put most of it back together while I could still remember the order in which it came apart (and which screws go where). While doing that, I noticed that one of the ribbon cables that connects to the print head (and which has to fly backwards and forwards with the printhead) looked a bit frayed along the front edge. On getting a good look with a x10 loupe, I could see an exposed wire that was broken in two or three places! It looks as though it has just rubbed on the front of the metal trough in which it lays. Looking at my good printer this front edge of the metal trough is liberally coated with what looks like silicone grease. There is very little on the defunct printer. >From the parts diagram and list for the 1270, I got the part numbers, and looking them up in the price list of Epson spares, they cost the grand sum of £1.45 each. The Epson website also gives the nearest distributor of spares, so I shall order replacement cables (fitting them looks a doddle). Might also replace the waste ink pads while I'm about it as there is probably a minimum order and they only cost about 70p each. So I might just have two working printers again soon. It might be worth others checking their cables for damage along the front edge. You only have to undo four screws, two at the front of the top half of the plastic cover (these are exposed when you lift the lid), and two at the back (at the bottom of two holes in the cover - you can't miss them). Nothing you can do wrong (except lose the screws I suppose). Bob Frost ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Frost" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 7:17 PM Subject: Re: Epson spares [was 1270 not printing] > Powell, > > Since my last posting, I've dismembered my faulty 1270 which now covers my > table! It was worth it just to see the enormous ink waste-pads which take up > most of the space in the black plastic tank that forms most of the underside > of the printer, and had far more ink in them than I would have thought. > > I had also decided that swopping the electronics assembly between the good > and bad printers would show me whether it was a print-head problem or an > electronic problem (I don't want to touch the print-head because of the > realignment problems). That's tomorrow's job. > > However, you might like to know that on the Epson UK website under > www.Epson.co.uk/spares, you can download a spares guide for each Epson > printer that gives exploded diagrams of all assemblies and parts with > numbers, and you can also download the complete Epson price list of spares > (all 530 pages) and look up the cost of the spares for your printer. The > list gives the prices in pounds and dollars. > > I can't find a service manual yet though, and the Service Agent I spoke to > yesterday said they can't supply them either. > > Bob Frost. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.