I've bring printing with my Epson 3880 printer for about a month. The prints have been beautiful from day one. About a week ago, I visited the Epson website and downloaded the most current printer driver for the printer. The website recognized that I was operating a Windows 7 (64 bit system) and listed just one driver for my printer. I downloaded that driver, upzipped it, and installed it. I received a confirmation that it installed successfully. Today, I wanted to print a few images, and all that emerged were blank sheets. The papers loaded correctly, the printer took the normal amount of time to every so slowly print an image, but just a blank sheet emerged. I tried an Exhibition Fiber sheet through the rear feed and a Premium Luster through the auto feed, with the same result each time. I double-checked all my setting in Lightroom, and everything was as it should be. I have set up templates, so the settings remain exactly as I want, but I double-checked them anyway.
I have contacted Epson support via email already, but thought I would post this issue here because I suspect some of you printing wizards can tell me what I've done wrong. I suspect it is something simple, but I am stumped at the moment.
It sound like somewhere along the line either the printer driver got corrupted or the printer is having problems talking with your PC via the USB driver. I would completely uninstall your driver, disconnect the printer from the PC, and then reboot. Reinstall the software and re-establish the printer connection via the USB port. Hopefully, that will work.
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The problem seems to have straightened itself out. The Epson tech didn't see any problem with the driver I installed because it was the correct one and installed correctly. The rep suggested a nozzle check (as did John). But first I disconnected the printer, shut down the computer and re-booted. I then ran the nozzle check and it looked perfectly normal. At least ink was placed onto the paper and the pattern looked fine. So I tried a regular print and it came out fine. The computer must have needed a re-boot or was hung up in some fashion.
Thanks Ernesto and John for the suggestions. They seem to have done the trick.
I agree John. I frequently tell people to reboot their computer before embarking on some other path. Computers get hung up or freeze for unknown reasons, but can be solved with a reboot. I should have more quickly followed my own advice.