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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 firstname.lastname@example.org > From: Kenny <email@example.com> > Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 18:00:02 -0700 > To: email@example.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 ? > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.