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Ink warning light

Hi I am having trouble with my epson stylus r800 printer. The problem is the ink supply warning light was flashing red so I changed the cartridge that need changing and now it isn't flashing but just a constant red light and I can't print anything. The cartridge I used is from a different country than where I purchased the printer but it is exactly identical to the printer cartridges that are already there. Any help on this matter will be much appreciated. Thanks Viv

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Re: Ink warning light

PPut the machine to Carridge change and lift the troublesome one out and reinsert it. No Joy -try this If you have the original cartridge- prise out the chip and replace it to the new cart. The chip lifts out and there is a locator slot and hole to get it in right. Also The Epson utility is a useful tool to fix Epsons foibles

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Re: Ink warning light

Often tho they seem the same the alingment of the nozzles dont match, so check alingment most printers offer you a programme that will do this for you...

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