How to Troubleshoot an Epson R300

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The Epson R300 printer is used to print high-quality photos and as well as clear documents. While the device is generally reliable, it sometimes may have problems, just like any other printer. You may eventually encounter a problem while using your Epson R300. Some of the most common problems that need troubleshooting for your Epson R300 are faint printouts or failed printing jobs.

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Things you need

  • New ink cartridges

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    Does Not Want to Print

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    Check the USB cable of your printer and see to it that it is securely plugged into your computer. Make sure that the printer is placed on a flat surface, as the printer may not work when it's tilted.

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    Run a printer check by turning off the printer by pushing on its power button. Unplug the USB cable from the computer and turn on the printer again by pressing its Maintenance button.

  3. 3

    Click on the down-arrow button on your printer to highlight the "More Options" tab on the display screen. Press "OK."

  4. 4

    Highlight the "Nozzle Check" option and click on "OK" twice. Reinstall your Epson R300 software if a page prints out.

    Printout Contains Lines

  1. 1

    Press down the arrow button on the printer head to highlight "More Options." Press "OK" and use the arrow buttons to highlight the Head Cleaning option.

  2. 2

    Press "OK" twice to allow the printer to clean the print head. This will take about 30 seconds, and you can start using the printer as usual again after the cleaning.

  3. 3

    Press the "Stop" button if the printout contains gaps and run the repeat steps to reclean the printer. Press "OK" if there are no more gaps found in the next printout.

    Printout Has Faint Color

  1. 1

    Clean the print head by following the steps from the previous section.

  2. 2

    Replace any old ink cartridges by opening the printer head and releasing the cartridges from their carriage. Unclip the cartridges from the carriage by releasing the side locks with your fingers and replace them with new cartridges.

  3. 3

    See to it that the paper setting on your computer matches the paper type that you are using for the printout.

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