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Title: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: STACKflyer on January 26, 2010, 04:29 PM
Just found one of these at the Goodwill for 15 bucks.  Can some one explain to me how I would know if I needed to replace the heads?  I heard this somewhere. 

Thanks


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: RobB on January 26, 2010, 04:59 PM
Looks like quite a bargain, I hope it has full inks, because it looks like it will cost close to $100 for a full rack of ink bottles. That's the problem with most inkjet printers, is that they eat you alive in consumables. If you replace the inks, and it still doesn't print right, you might have to go for printheads. Assuming that they're the easy to replace drop in style, that would still set you back another chunk of change.
That's the problem with most computer hardware, it's not usually worth buying anything used, because these things are designed to burn out/wear out and be obsolete in such a short period of time. And while they still work, they'll cost a bunch keeping them going.
Evaluate how much it will cost to get the printer printing, and wonder if it's not cheaper to just send the pictures to your local 1 hour photo.
~Rob.


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: STACKflyer on January 26, 2010, 05:27 PM
yeah.  It has full ink.  I printed the first that got me worried.  It was a full color image.  It came out streaked.  I switched to a black and white image which came out better.  Then I realized that I was using really basic photo paper.  I switched some settings and all seems to be good now. 

I was looking for camera at the store.  I turned around and saw the printer.  Im so stoked.


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: chilese on January 26, 2010, 05:33 PM
Print your photos at a FedEx or photo center.

The pictures will look better, you can choose your paper, they'll do it over if it isn't perfect and you won't have to replace your supplies nearly as often.


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: mikenchico on January 26, 2010, 09:00 PM
Quite a deal if it proves workable. Looks like they go for $450 used.

Streaking is often dirty/plugged or mis-aligned heads, although you said it worked better on better paper have you ran the cleaning & alignment utilities included in the print driver?

Being a serious hobbyist to professional quality printer that one might be worth hanging onto. It's true you don't spend money fixing those $100 printers, it costs more for the ink to see if the problem is just dry cartridges then a new printer costs that will come with cartridges. They almost give you the printer free in order to sell you the overpriced consumables.

John is right too, overall it is cheaper to print your pictures off-site and you'll get better quality, Kinko's, Ritz Camera, even WalMart, Walgreens and Longs, they have printers you could never afford to own. The one that sat in our Ritz store cost over $200,000. But it sure isn't as convenient.

Hope it works out for you


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: STACKflyer on January 27, 2010, 06:13 AM
Yeah, I got it working great.  I ran all the proper maintenance and everything seem to be great.  I do have an off site printer I use for art prints and Gallery wraps.  Last time I went to Fedex for prints it ended up being 10 bucks for a 8*10.  I think over time I can get more for my money at home.


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: Sketch on January 31, 2010, 07:44 PM
Not to KIDDIE-NAPPITY your Epson post....
My old Epson All in None just DIED?
This was my favorite printer of all time until the scanner started doin this?????ANY IDEAS...WHAT is wrong?..After sending this photo to Epson..they wrote back and told me my scanner was toast and to go out and buy a new one?
This was my 3rd freebeee' from Epson....but this

puterdumb Sketchy Don


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Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: RobB on February 01, 2010, 04:28 AM
Hey Sketch...
It's your turn to stimulate the economy ! Throw that old printer out, and go buy a new one ! You're not supposed to fix stuff anymore... there's no such thing as a durable good these days.
Don't feel bad, 1 in 20 printers don't work brand new, out of the box... we call them DOAs. And half the time we have to battle with the manufacturer to replace them. Even though the printer was new, they want to replace it with a refurb.  :-[
~Rob.


Title: Re: Epson Stylus 2200
Post by: Sketch on February 01, 2010, 09:24 AM
  ::) Yep! Now I have to spend half the day (or more)..going through my old Window XP to seek out all the Epson crap that they inflith'trated my poor old stuffed puter with the junk peek n' seek nonsense that came with their  installation disk from the pits of cyberspace hell in a handbasket?

Epson was almost as bad as my first $75.00 all in one HP printer that went toast just after the warranty ran out. I still keep finding stuff on my hard drive that I can't seem to dump without harming other programs that both HP and Epson have set up camp for the long haul. :'(