Slow printing is not an unusual issue for most printers; they can get clogged up or begin to run slowly over time. Printers require maintenance just like all hardware, so before you try to return a slow Epson TM printer, go through the Printer Utilities and run a few maintenance checks to try to pinpoint and alleviate any problems your Epson may be having. Running these utilities will assist in optimising performance.
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Open your Printer Preferences by clicking the "Start" button on the taskbar. Click "Control Panel" and then select "Printers and Other Hardware." Then select the "Printers and Faxes" option. Select your Epson TM printer from the printers listed. Click "File" on the toolbar and then click "Preferences."
Select the "Utility" tab. Load paper into the paper tray and turn on the printer. Make sure all connections between the printer and computer are secure. Select the "Epson Status Monitor" option, which will assist in checking the ink levels and look for any errors that the printer might be experiencing. Follow any instructions that the Status Monitor suggests. Only select one utility maintenance option at a time.
Select the "Nozzle Check" button from the displayed menu. This option will prompt the printer to check the cartridge nozzles for any clogs or obstructions that might be slowing the print process or disrupting flow. Click "Print" after the check has been performed to confirm that any clogs have indeed been removed.
Select the "Head Cleaning" option. This utility will check for any clogs within the cartridges and clear them if possible. You may need to replace or manually clean the head (see Resources). Check with the cartridge manufacturer instructions for proper techniques on cleaning clogs. Follow any prompts that the "Head Cleaning" utility provides.
Select the "Print Head Alignment" option. Follow the prompts to realign the heads to enable straighter cartridge printing. This will help adjust any skipping or shifted lines that appear during printing.
Select the "Epson LFP Remote Panel" option. This utility will run a diagnostics program to help discover what issues your printer might be experiencing. Follow any prompts that this utility yields to optimise overall performance.
Tips and warnings
- To avoid ruining your printouts, do not run any utilities during printing.
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