removed printer cover and checked for any foreign material paper jam etc.
change usb lead for known working lead
deleted Epson printer program and reinstalled from original disc
updated the driver using the device manager option for update
used microsoft.com "fix it centre" for checking usb and printer. some errors found and fixed reported now as ok
The printer is 2/3 years old and has consumed 3/4 sets of inks
all help appreciated