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Epson i880 Waste Ink pad location

I have an Epson i 880 that had all the lights flashing so I followed instrctions on how to reset and its working fine now.
Im told I should replace or clean the Waste Ink Pads. I removed the cover but can seem to locate this washable pad. Help !!
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  • dreeddesign Jan 02, 2009

    I also need to kow how to remove the waste pads on an 880. Can anyone post step by step instructions. I got the printer reset, but the black is still prining messy so I want to clean.repair the pads.



    thanks for any help

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Try this plz dont for get to rate
1. Turn the printer off.
2. Hold down the ink and paper buttons, and turn the printer back on.
3. Within a few seconds, the paper light will start flashing quickly. When it does, let go of both buttons.
4. Within 3 seconds press (and hold) the ink button.
5. Hold it until all three red lights start flashing (about 10 seconds).
6. Let go of everything.
7. Turn the printer off, and back on.

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