Question about Epson Stylus C46 InkJet Printer
Green & red lights flashing alternately,unable to use
If both lights are flashing, it means the Waste Ink Pads in your printer are saturated with ink and the waste ink ("protection") counter has exceeded its limit. The Waste Ink Pads should be replaced as soon as possible. You can overcome this problem temporarily by using the SSC utility - download from
and reset the Protection Counter. This will stop the lights flashing and restore normal operation.
However, remember that eventually ink will overflow from the waste ink area and make a dreadful mess, so you must change the waste ink pads before this happens. This requires the disassembly of the printer. A copy of the service manual is available from a number of sellers - just Google "Epson C46 Service Manual". You will often find them for sale very cheaply on E-Bay.
If you decide to have a go at replacing the ink pads yourself, report back and I will provide further help.
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Under each printers there is a pad, a spunch that holds all the wasted ink. This pad is probably full. you should locate where the ink pad is and change it or clean it. By cleaning I mean getting rid of all the ink from the spunch. After cleaning or replacing the pad you shoul run a utility to reset the protection counter. I use to have a all in one epson printer and did the same. I use SSC Service utility. it helps to reset the counter. After that, if that is the problem, your printer should work again.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
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