How to change the ink cartridge on an Epson D88 printer?
I have tried pressing the ink button and the on/off button together for a sufficient time but although the cartridge container moves to left an right several times it doesn't end up in the right place to remove the cartridge.
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Re: How to change the ink cartridge on an Epson D88...
To change a cartridge the old one needs to be registering as empty.
Press the ink button and the carriage unit will move to the pointer which indicates which cartridge is empty. Press the ink button again and it will move to the exchange position.
You only need to press, rather than hold the button down as holding it down will run a cleaning cycle which is best avoided unless required.
If the cartridge is not registering as empty you can try this approach:
Turn the printer on, wait for the printhead to move off the parking pad and then pull the power cord out the back of the printer (or just turn it off at the socket). You should then be able to move the printhead manually to the exchange position and change your cartridges over. Once you're done just plug and turn the printer back on and hopefully you should be good to go.
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If your printer is out of ink, it will display the ink that you need to replace. Just open the lid and press the OK button.
If you want to replace an ink before it runs out, press the Setup button then go to Maintenance and press the OK button. Select "Ink Cartridge Replacement" or "Change Ink Cartridge", then press OK. You can now lift the lid then replace the ink.
The Lights can flash on an error and also iff the INK levels are down. You must check the ink levels and try to do a reset with printer software reinstalled.
Remvoe pinter from the PC, unistall and then reinstall to see if the printer shows the INK level exactly. If not replace INK cartridges to confirm.
Could it be you're out of ink and paper simultaneously? But is it even worth buying more ink to find out if this is the cure? If so, I'd try generic ink cartridges to minimize the cost of the experiment. On the other hand, you could probably replace the printer, with new ink cartridges for not much more than the cost of ink for your old printer. They're made to be throwaway, unfortunately.
I just had the same problem. Try opening the top flap on the printer and see if you can click the lid down on the ink cartridge box more firmly (until it clicks) - i had to force the cartridges to the left slightly to do this, although I'm not sure if thats neccessary. Then i pushed the cartidge box back to the right where it was before. The 2 red lights still flashed for me, but when i turned the printer off and on again it worked just fine. I hope this helps.
This is usually caused by a problem with the chip(s) on the new cartridge.
Check that the chips are clean, and are correctly installed on the cartridge(s) (some can be knocked out of alignment and thus not connect properly).
Also check for any damage to the tiny wires in the printhead where the cartridge sits.. These can also become soiled with fluff, etc... Be VERY careful if you try to clean these as they are very delicate and if broken off you will have a broken printer.
Last thing is of course to check you have the correct cartridges... A common one with the D88 is to have C86 cartridges which are not compatible at all (different' chips!).