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Epson RX680 Startup Printer Error

I just bought the printer, turned the power on to install printer cartridges, and I get a Printer error on it's front LCD.
Apparently a common problem. I thought there might be an easy fix, such as cardboard or a piece of tape somewhere to be removed.
After fiddling with the power trying to reset it a couple times, it seems like it's trying to feed paper to get the error. I added paper, did not feed it, but there was nothing blocking it. Still acts like it is a hardware issue, not a software issue, but I cannot find any solution yet. Suggestions?

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  • tuttie4u Oct 09, 2008

    I have intstalled the software that came with the printer on two computers.Using the USB port on the side. Neither computer recognizes the plug and play device. The error on the screen says unable to recognize this device. I have uninstalled several times and am lost for answers. I didn't realize that this would be such a hassle to get a printer to work.

    I have tried it on both computers on is Windows XP and the other is Windows 2000, neither one will recognize it !!!

    Thanks for your help...


  • Mitchka Oct 12, 2008

    Try using the software port inside for use.

    My computer did the "does not recognize device" error, but it worked fine. A reboot, and a windows update solved all the problems. I am not sure which one did it, but the next day, I had no problems!

    - All drivers from the CD are on the Epson website, go there.

    My error was an internal software error of recognition of the printer heads. Epson sent me a new one at no cost, got here quick, only 4 days!

  • Anonymous Oct 25, 2008

    Triple checked by two people for tape/cardboard. None.

    Power unit on to install ink cartridges and after a few seconds a "grinding" sound and a resulting error message on the LCD screen telling me to turn the printer off then back on. No help. Tried with and without duplexer and front paper cassette - zilch. Although the USB cable was NOT plugged into my computer yet, I even unplugged the USB cable entirely without any success. I setup one of these printers a week ago and all went smooth. I was bummed when this one appears to be defective right out of the box.

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I had the same issue when the printer arrived. I powered the unit off, moves the ink cradle to the left about 1/2 " then powered it on. Then it worked from there.

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  • lkkk Feb 06, 2011

    GVerdi, you were right on.
    Can't believe it.

    I must have turned this piece of sh** on and off like a total moron about 15 times.

    I remember instructions specifically stating DO NOT MOVE THE PRINT HEAD OR IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE WILL OCCUR. "

    Thinking logically, "If it doesn't work at all, what the hell am I going to damage?"

    Just stuck my fingers in there, shifted it to the left, and the damned thing came right on!


    Staples just ripped me off another $80 for ink and I can't return it.

    Almost threw it on the street...

    Guess I don't have to...





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