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Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Start Here

Epson stylus photo 1280: quick start
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Set Up the Printer

Unpack Everything
emove all the tape and packing material from the printer before you set up, as shown here. The tape
may be in slightly different locations on your printer, so be sure to check inside and all around the printer
for tape and other packing material.
Make sure you've got a USB or parallel cable to connect
your printer. See "System Requirements" in the
Printer Basics book.
ink cartridges
on't place the printer in areas:
• with high temperature or humidity
• in direct sunlight or dusty conditions
• with poor ventilation
• near sources of heat or electromagnetic interference,
such as a cordless telephone base unit
Follow all the "Safety Instructions" listed in the Printer Basics book.
Put on the Paper Support
nsert the paper support into the slots on the back of the printer.

Connect the Printer to Your Computer

Connecting to a USB Port

(Recommended connection; only for Windows
and Power Macintosh
G3 or later systems with built-in USB ports; see "System Requirements"
in the Printer Basics book for details)
Make sure the printer and computer are turned off.
Connect the
end of the USB cable to your
printer's USB port.
Connect the
end of the cable to your computer's
USB port or a first tier USB hub port.
If you're using a USB hub, connect the printer to a first tier hub
or the printer may malfunction. If the printer doesn't work
there, connect it directly to a USB port on your computer.
Connecting to a PC Parallel Port
Make sure the printer and computer are turned off.
Connect the parallel cable to your printer's parallel port.
Then secure it with the wire clips.
Connect the other end of the cable to your computer's
built-in parallel port and secure it as necessary.
If your computer has multiple parallel ports, connect your printer to the built-in port (LPT1).
To use a different port, see Windows help. Configure your computer to match your printer's
maximum speed by enabling ECP/DMA mode, if possible. See your computer documentation.

Turn On the Printer

With the printer and computer still turned off, plug the printer's power cord into a
grounded electrical outlet.
Press the
power button to turn on the printer. The
and the
maintenance light come on. The ink cartridge holders move
left into loading position.
Don't use an outlet that is controlled by a wall switch or timer, or one on the same circuit
as a large appliance, to avoid damaging the printer's power supply. Always use the
button to turn the printer on or off. Never use an external switch, such as a power strip
switch or wall switch.
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paper support adapter
roll paper
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power light flashes

Install the Ink Cartridges

Lower the output tray
and open the cover.
Install both ink cartridges, and leave them installed for all types of printing,
or the printer won't work.
Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink.
If ink gets on your skin, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.
If ink gets in your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
Unwrap the ink cartridges, then remove only the yellow part of the tape seal
on top. Don't pull off the blue part.
paper support
Black ink
• Remove the yellow tape seal from the top of the ink cartridges or
you'll permanently damage them. Don't remove the clear seals
on the bottom or ink will leak out.
• Don't touch the green chip on the back of the cartridge. This may
inhibit normal operation and printing.
Tilt each cartridge forward slightly as
you lower it into its holder. Locate the
tabs at the back of the cartridge.
Don't place the cartridge tabs under the hooks; you may
damage the clamp when you close it.
Press the
Ink charging takes about two minutes, with the
making noise until it's finished. Don't turn off the printer or interrupt charging or it
will start over, using more ink than necessary. It's finished when the
stops flashing.
Never turn off the printer when the
printer hasn't moved or made any noise for more than 5 minutes.
Lift up the two ink
cartridge clamps.
Yellow ink
Color ink
Rest the tabs on top of the hooks on the
ink cartridge clamp. Then close the ink cartridge
clamp. (The color clamp is a bit harder to close.)
Make sure the tabs are positioned
ink replacement button (shown in step 1) and close the printer cover.
power light flashing and the printer
power light is flashing, unless the
Turn over
Don't touch the
green chips
above the hooks
power light



Summary of Contents for Epson Stylus Photo 1280

  • Page 1: Start Here

    The tape may be in slightly different locations on your printer, so be sure to check inside and all around the printer for tape and other packing material.
  • Page 2: Install The Software

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