My Epson stylus photo 1290s A3 printer has always, since I bought it new a number of years ago, worked faultlessly. Three days ago its behavior changed. When switching on the green (power lamp) blinks whilst the head starts to move a little bit (as normal) along the carriage and then back to its normal parked position. So far so good. Then the head slowly traverses to the extreme left of the carriage and upon reaching, suddenly very quickly moves back to its starting position. Then I hear the normal noises it makes as it charges up with ink but they seem louder and then suddenly it appears that from somewhere below the paper feed area at the back of the printer comes a very loud ‘clacking’ noise accompanied with a terrible juddering of the whole machine. Then suddenly the red paper feed light comes on solid and the machine is then unresponsive. Immediately before this all started the printer was printing perfectly.
Since this first happened 3 days ago, I have probably switched the machine on (and off) on about 12 occasions to see if things would improve. A few times, it didn’t make the awful juddering noises and I got it to try to print out a nozzle test. The result was that only the very faintest ink could be seen on the paper and not for all the colours and the print head whilst doing it made an unusual skimming noise whilst moving across the paper. On other occasions it didn’t even get that far before the red paper feed light stayed solidly on.