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Epson 1290 The green and red LEDs are flashing alternately. What does this mean and how can I fix it? It was suggested that the internal print count limiter has been reached and that this could be overcome by the use of some hacking software or the actual physical replacement of the soak pad. Is this a job for the enduser or should it be done professionally? Could I get the replacement parts?

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  • edanart Nov 12, 2008

    I'll try a tip I found for resetting the counter on my Epson 1290 by using a sequence of actions during power-up. I know that I will eventually have to get the waste ink pad replaced or cleaned.
    The ssc software seems to run only on a pc. I work on macs.
    Thanks anyway, panjac_dic.



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This is the service error download the ssc utility from the site, then reset the counter of your printer, your problem will be solved

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