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Fault with printer

I have a epson c20 sx printer i cleaned out the ink pads and dried them, reason being that the printer lights green and red were flashing and it came up that printer needs servicing,i have had this before and taken the printer to an epson agent where they have cleaned the pads and reset the electronic clock counter, there soft ware wont work the lights are still flashing.i am on win mill they are on xp, i said it wont work becos xp wont see my printer i have a program that should work which is compat but it still wont see it any ideas please bobski

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Re: fault with printer

Hey Bobski The Epson software should work on most versions of Windows. If you have XP or Win 2000 you should be OK. It could be that you have tghe dodgey SSC Utility from Russia, which is not compatible with every model and I have in fact heard that it can wreck machines by writing the wrong info to the mainboard - so beware. I looked on my usual source for these utilities but did not see your listed - you should email the folks at and ask them to supply you the reset utility for windows. They should be able to get you up and running again.

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