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Re: Epson Secrets (Anybody Know???)



Dear Kenny

Do you have a link for the service manuals? I keep coming up against a
password protected area with no obvious way of registering. I'm after the
1290 manual but maybe I could find some info to resurrect my 850 aswell.

Cheers

Pete MacKenzie
petemackenzie@lineone.net


> From: Kenny <hla@att.net>
> Reply-To: epson-inkjet@leben.com
> Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 18:00:02 -0700
> To: epson-inkjet@leben.com
> Subject: Epson Secrets (Anybody Know???)
> 
> As far as I know, all Epson inkjets have absorbent
> pads in the bottom of the printer (call it a "diaper"),
> that collects waste ink used during cleaning cycles
> (this is definitely true for the Color Stylus 800, 850
> and the little SX480 printers I purchased last fall.
> 
> The printer keeps track of how much ink is sent
> down to the pad, and after a preset volume of ink
> has been used in cleaning cycles, it disables the
> printer (on the 800/850, all LEDS flash continuously).
> Gee, I wonder how many hundreds of thousands or millions
> of Epson printers are living in landfills today because
> their owners thought they were broken ! The manuals that
> come with the printers don't tell you about this
> wonderful built-in feature ! (But the service manual does.)
> 
> I learned how to reset the printer, which must be
> done after changing the pad (procedure is described in
> the Epson service manual) on the 800 and 850, but I don't
> know how to reset the SX480.  Since there are no switches,
> no buttons and no LEDs on the 480, I suspect it might
> be done thru software, but I'm not sure.  My computer
> indicates an error on the printer and it won't print,
> and since the pad is pretty saturated, I'm guessing
> the controller in the 480 wants the pad changed and
> has to be reset.
> 
> Can anyone enlighten me on the procedure ?
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