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Re: Clean "Waste Ink Cartridge" Epson R300
Had the same problem. (its a work around without removing the waste ink pad)
Took alot of work but I fixed it.
Frist thing you need to know that error means your ink waste pad is
full. Its a $75.00 to replace but there is a work around it.
You will need this free app. SSC service utitlty.
http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html Its a great app.
Instrusctions are on the website there.
You will also have to Open the access panel on the rear of the printer (remove screw) and
look inside carefullly with a flashlight. You will see a tube (down and
to your left) coming from the cleaning pump and it will have an open
end on it. This is the tube that delivers ink to the waste pad.
Use a piece of coat hanger wire or equivalent, and fish out this
piece of tube. Bring it to the outside of the printer, thru the access
Find yourself a suitable container
(Tupperware or a plastic cup or jar) that is not too tall. Put the tube
into this container and secure the tube and container so they won’t
come apart or lose connection if the printer is moved.
If you wish you can make a hole or notch in the access panel cover so it can be replaced.
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Its better to just remove them clean them up and replace it in the printer, because usually some printers require a reset code to re-set the waste ink counter. If the counter is not re-set there will come a time when then printer will refuse to print.
Here is how to clean your waste ink absorber;
Open the printer and locate the waste ink absorber near the ink cartridge.
Remove the absorber pad and hold it in cold water while squeezing the ink out. It would be wise to wear gloves while doing this, because the ink in the pad will leave stains.
Use paper towels to dry the waste ink absorber pad. Let it dry completely before installing it back in the printer.
Reinstall the ink pad into the printer and run a test page to make sure it works.
You could clean the black ink cartridge. For this you need to remove the
black ink cartridge which is present in the printer. In order to clean
the laser or scanner block you could use a cotton swab as it would fully
clean the dirt. You need to clean the grime and the dried ink present
in the printer. This would remove all the hindrances which prevent the
ink from flowing. Cleaning the printer heads would also help to solve
That is a container placed underneath the nozzles that collects all of the excess ink so that it doesn't droll on your desk. If you are a technician, you can remove it yourself, clean it up (wash it with water and soap) and then place it back in. Or you can go with the printer to specialists and have them clean it up for you.
The cover on the printer should lift up so that you can see your ink cartridges. Also once you lift the cover, you should notice that there is a picture step-by-step instruction for doing this. Anyway you will notice that the print head with the ink cartridges on it are all the way to the left. With the power off, put your fingers on the cartridges and pull the printhead and cartridges to the center right in front of you so that you can get to it. The cartridge that you want to replace will lift up and back as they are snapped into place and held gently with a tab. Pull on it gently and it will come out. Replace it with the new one and be sure you take off a little cover that the new will have. Close the lid and power it back up and you're back in business. God bless.