Epson R280 Brochure (en)

Epson Stylus Photo R280
Cleaning the Print Head
If your printouts are unexpectedly light or faint, or you notice 
light or dark bands across your printout, you may need to 
clean the print head. This unclogs the nozzles so they can 
deliver ink properly. Print head cleaning uses ink, so clean it 
only if quality declines.
You can clean the print head using the 
ink button on the 
printer or using the Head Cleaning utility on your computer. 
You can also run a nozzle check to see if the print head needs 
Clean the print head only when print quality declines (for example, 
if you see lines in your printout or colors are incorrect or missing).
Before you clean the print head, check the print head nozzles first 
(as described in the next section) to confirm that the print head 
needs to be cleaned. This saves ink.
If the red 
 ink light comes on or flashes, you cannot clean the 
print head. In this case, replace the appropriate ink cartridge first.
If you don’t use your printer often it is a good idea to print a few 
pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
Before you check the print head nozzles or clean the print 
head, make sure the CD/DVD tray is not inserted in the 
printer, and make sure the front tray is in the paper (lower) 
Checking the Print Head Nozzles
You can check the print head nozzles using your computer or 
the buttons on the printer.
Using Your Computer
1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and the 
ink light is not on. (If the red 
ink light is on, you 
need to replace a cartridge.)
2. Make sure letter-size plain paper is loaded in the printer.
3. Windows: Right-click the 
 printer icon on your taskbar 
(in the lower right corner of your screen). Select 
Macintosh OS X: Open the 
 folder and select 
EPSON Printer Utility2
. Select 
SPR280 Series
in the 
printer list, click 
, and select 
Nozzle Check
You see a screen like the following: 
4. Click 
. The nozzle check pattern prints:
5. If there are no gaps or lines, click 
If there are gaps or lines, or the test patterns are faint, click 
. Then read the on-screen instructions and skip to 
Using the Buttons on the Printer
1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, that the 
CD/DVD tray is not inserted in the printer, and the red 
ink light is not on. (If the red 
ink light is on, you need 
to replace a cartridge.)
2. Turn the printer off and make sure the front tray is in the 
paper (lower) position.
3. Make sure letter-size plain paper is loaded in the printer.
Print head 
needs to be 
Print head does 
not need to be