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basically, the Epson printer has a built-in utility that counts the number of prints made. When it considers the little felt pads that collect the inks from cleans is full, it (in effect) says your printer is at the end of its life. Total rubbish, of course. You can get new waste pads - or get Epson service to change them, which includes resetting the counter and for a quite heavy cost to you. However, you can reset yourself and improve the printer at the same time. To get any ink out of the pads, set the printer for changing a cartridge. It moves the head with cartridges to a position where they can be removed. Then unplug the power - do NOT just turn off the printer with its button as that resets the head to its normal locked position. You can then moved the head side to side freely. Now make a number of pads from Kitchen paper and down in the RH side, where the head parks between uses, you will see the felt waste pad. Just keep pressing down with pads to soak up all the ink it has absorbed. That will mean you do not have to buy and change new pads. If you live in the USA you can get a Free Waste Ink Counter reset utility from Epson. It only works with USA Serial Numbers (same printer elsewhere in the World has different serial numbers so the utility will not work - so no good getting a USA based friend to send it to you as a file!). You can purchase (not expensive) a reset utility from such as: http://www.wasteink.co.uk/epson-ipr-reset/
To drain waste ink instead of getting the pads soaked, fit a waste bottle. here's a link to a youtube video explaining how. You can buy kits but all you need is a short length of tubing and a small glass bottle (don't use plastic as they can tip over too easily). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1cdvkJ-3Dc
scroll right to the bottom of the page in the link and click on "i agree with above and want to start download" this is a program to reset epson printers. i also open the top of mine and use toilet paper to soak up the ink out of the pad,you'll find the ink pad at the right of the ink cartridge bar. just dab the sponge with paper to soak up some ink. heres the link.. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
You don't want to reset the waste ink counter unless you have removed all of the waste ink. Unless you feel like totally dismantling your printer and hand washing the felt pads that are currently soaked in ink you'll probably want to have it serviced professionally or just replace it. Most times replacement is less expensive. Resetting the waste ink counter without cleaning out the waste ink can, and likely will, result in waste ink eventually overflowing out of the the bottom of your machine. Be cautious.
Thank you I use my printer for home stuff and just
soaked up all extra ink from pad into paper towel and
did the reset is no problem, just hold down the B&W and the Stop button while powering up the printer. Fixed it well. I was quoted $100 to do what took 10 minutes.
Thanks for tip!