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C88 Printer won't print

Red paper and ink lights blink alternatingly (if that's a word). There was a paper jam. I cleaned out the pieces that got trapped. Turned it back on and the screen said something about "Past service date ..." Now, paper and ink lights blink alternating fashion and printer will not turn on.

Is there a way to reset the printer?

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  • Chantal Pierre-Paul Nov 16, 2008

    I had a paper jam a few weeks ago and I cleared the jam. Afterward, I noticed that paper would no longer fit properly in the the tray/feeder. When I turn on the printer, I get this loud screeching noise and the ink and paper lights flash red incessantly and the power light goes off. Someone(my brother most likely) was obviously messing with my printer because I noticed that the black ink cartridge was put incorrectly. I can't get the ink cartridges to move so can replace the ink. I can't print!

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Just as a follow up to this one for anyone else who hits this problem...

You can service the printer and redirect the waste ink yourself using the guide and information provided from this guide which I wrote a couple of years back.

It applies equally to the C84 - C88 and D88 models and certainly requires a certain amount of technical skill and patience but not beyond the amateur with a LOT of patience :)

In terms of resetting the waste ink counter or "protection counter" which triggers the service required message you can't use the SSC utility but instead will need to source the official adjustment utility.

Getting the product serviced is an option but frankly it usually costs more than the printer was worth so you've nothing to lose by trying to fix it yourself.

Hope that helps

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Generally, this error message is caused by the malfunction of non user-replacable parts within your printer.  To determine the issue you will need to have the product serviced.  

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