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I am printing with an Epson R2400 and a heavyweight (Crane Museo) 13" x 19" paper. The entire images prints fine on an 8x10 paper size, but when I print on the 13x19 size the last inch or so of the print is whacked out of alignment perhaps due to the weight of the paper outside of the printer? The image is useless until the lines stay straight and the paper does not shift during printing.

Has anyone encountered this, and any tips for preventing this from happening?

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If you are using a heavyweight of paper you should use the front paper tray to feed from
see: http://files.support.epson.com/pdf/r2400_/r2400_pg.pdf
If you place a small box (an Avery labels box is perfect) behind the printer then the paper can't drop away as it comes through.
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by:gmahler5th
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Hi Masq,
Loading from the front solve the paper alignment problem, but now the print doesn't match my screen the same way it did when I loaded from the back, or how the 8x10 version was printed.  The contrast and resolution seems much different.  How did that happen?
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Strange ...

A bit of Googling suggests that you have to readjust the ink density settings when using the front tray but also that it is better to use the single sheet feeder if you can rather than the front.
(for example here: http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00JCPl)

Looks like a design problem with the printer :(
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by:gmahler5th
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http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t18130.html

"There's a simple work-around. Ignore Epson's advice to load the paper from the front using the straight-through paper path; this forces a very high print-head height that kills sharpness, and the paper frequently skews during loading, tearing the edge of the page. I wasted about 8 sheets of (very expensive) paper figuring this out. Instead you should place the paper in the normal rear (upper) loading slot, and apply gentle pressure to the top edge of the page with your fingers as it starts to load. This works every time."
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Looks like you may have your answer :)
Does it work?
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Yep it works perfectly!  Thanks for your support.  I'll award you the points ;)
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