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End of service

The over stated reason for this problem is that the ink pads, that is the reservoir that collects the expelled ink is full in you case that could be so.
However I disconnected the tubes from the pads to avoid this very message, the ink runs into a bottle I have connected. So I should not get this message BUT I DID. My conclusion is this is just another way epson screws you. I have been an epson user for years and have purchased about every model they made this is the second r1800 this has happened to it also is the last epson product I will purchase.

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As noted above, your printer does not "know" how or what is handling the waste ink as there is no sensor that detects moisture or waste ink content levels.

Instead the printer has an algorithm that increments as cartridges are changed (to account for priming routines), printhead cleaning and general usage such as borderless printing. Eventually this guesstimated total reaches a trigger level that results in the "End of Service life" message. This is often referred to as the "Waste ink counter" or "maintenance pad counter".

While fitting an external waste collection vessel is a good idea you do still need to reset the waste ink counter using a utility like the A10_IPR, a service utility or similar.

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You need to reset the ink pad counter. This free utility should do it:

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