As some of you know, I’m the author of the article describing Walker’s method of non-destructively disabling the star-wheels via the front-feed path on the Epson 3880 printer. There has been some interest in applying the procedure to the P800, and it seems to be doable hypothetically, but I don’t have a P800 and can’t find confirmation that it works on the P800 from anyone having actually done it.
The question just came up again in the comments section of the article, not in context of making negatives, but rather prints on non-matte papers, and the commenter noted that on the P800 the front-feed tray is supposed to be pushed back in after loading which reengages the star-wheels and leaves marks on papers such as Moab Juniper Baryta.
My question now, since I don’t have a P800 to check it on myself, is does the procedure described in the article linked to above work on the P800 and is there any difference in implementation other than the method of removing the left front cover? (And while we’re here, how do you remove the left front cover?)
Additionally, since we are talking about the P800, how do you load cut sheets via the rear paper support without using the front-feed as shown in the manual? Trick it into thinking it’s roll paper? If so, is there anything special for dealing with margins and placement?