Seriously, what is it with me and printers?
Update August 2010: As several have noted in the comments, the best solution is to forgo using the manual feeder altogether, and just put the paper into the standard feeder. I’ve been doing that for months now, and haven’t had a single problem.
I just bought an Epson Stylus Photo R1900 because I’m going to seriously pursue selling my photos. I eagerly loaded some Epson Velvet Fine Art paper into the manual feed, and then spent the next 45 minutes trying to get the stupid thing to print. First, it told me I couldn’t actually select the paper type (grayed out in the Printer Settings menu). Once I figured that out (see below), it would pull in the sheet, move it up and down, and then tell me there was a paper jam. Constantly. Now that’s quality.
Here’s how I managed to “fix” the problems:
First, go into Page Setup and select the Epson R1900. Then, from the paper size, select “Manual – Roll” for whatever size you’re using. That will allow you to select the Fine Art papers.
No matter what I do, the printer always reports a jam the first time I attempt to print anything. So, I clear the “jam” by pressing the blinking paper button on the printer, and wait for it to stop ejecting the paper. Then, I press the button again to clear the error. Then, I push the same piece of paper back into the printer, and gently but firmly keep pressure on the top of the sheet, allowing it to move up and down freely, but still applying pressure. The printer should pull in the paper and begin printing. I’ve managed about a 95% success rate with this method.
If it doesn’t work, keep trying. Whatever you do, don’t clear the error on the computer, or delete the job and start over. I tried that many times, and it will *never* print on the first try.
Update 5 minutes after posting: Okay, it just printed on the first try of my tenth photo tonight, with no interaction on my part. So much for “never.”