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Epson Service warning

Hi, I have an epson C86. I have the message that i need to get printer serviced. This is due to the ink head cleaning counter.I have cleaned up the pads etc. I now need to know the sequence of button pressing required to get my printer to come back on. I have 2 red lights flashing alternately at the moment.Please can you help. Thanks.

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Hi, try downloading the ssc utility (just google it). it lets you reset the ink counters, individual ink cleaning etc. once you've opened the main screen you need to right click to get all the other bits. hope this helps

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