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    Epson printer has gone haywire

    I have an Epson Stylus C80. Within the last few days, it has become quirky...will print out 1/2 of a page, then start sending blank sheets through the machine at rapid speed before printing the other 1/2 of the page on another sheet! Maddening. Doesn't do it all the time, either....

    I deleted the printer and reinstalled with original drivers, and that solved the problem for awhile, but -- like a gremlin -- it's back. I'm operating with Windows XP

    Any advice?

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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    Sounds to me that a paper sensor isn't sensing correctly! Have you tried looking very carefully inside to see if there is a small ripped-off bit of paper anywhere? Can you check the entire paper path for dust/dirt/gunge?

    I would say that it is more likely to be a mechanical problem than a driver problem - but hey, what do I know?

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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    If it does not happen all the time, does it happen repeatedly on the same document(s)? If so, could be something in the document formatting.

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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    When I go to the control panel and click on the default printer, I can see what's happening in the status pop-up box. It seems to reflect "dummy" documents piling up in the queue... "Epson EPABI Dummy Document" or some such name. I don't know where they're coming from. I've searched the Epson Web Site tech support area for some reference to dummy documents, and can find no information.

    Does this sound like a virus? I'm consistently running and updating Norton Antivirus...

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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    I don't think it's a virus. I've seen this happen before with Epson printers, and a few others. Here is what I suggest you try:
    <UL><LI>Open the Services console. Click Start - Run and enter services.msc in the box. Click OK.
    <LI>Locate the Print Spooler service and click on it.
    <LI>Click on the text on the left that reads <font color=blue>Stop</font color=blue> the service.
    <LI>Click Start - Run and in the box that appears enter <code>%systemroot%system32spoolprinters</code> and click OK.
    <LI>An Explorer window should open and in the folder that appears, you will see any documents that have been spooled to the printer. Delete anything you find there.
    <LI>Restart the Print Spooler service and exit the Services console.[/list]I cannot promise you that this will eradicate the dummy documents, but it will ensure that you have cleaned out any gunk that may be lingering in the print queue. Worth a try...
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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    I did a quick google on "epson dummy document" and the first link in the list seems to have a fix: http://boards.screenprinters.net/viewthread/64/45828

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    Re: Epson printer has gone haywire

    I have the same printer, and loved it; until it started doing the same thing. Eventually, it stopped working all together. Now when I try to use it, I get a paper jam error and there's no paper in the printer. I just went and bought an HP. I've had problems with their PCs but never their printers!

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