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Ink and paper lights flashing red and I cannot print

There appears to be a problem with the printer carriage parking station on my Epson Stylus C84 printer which is causing this problem and I wonder if there is a solution. When I turn on the printer, the cartridge holder moves to the left then back to the right and then stops. It does not go through the head cleaning process as it should do and once it has parked up, the paper and ink warning lights start to flash together and the power light goes out. The black ink cartridge needs replacing but this cannot be done as the flashing lights have taken control. I would be prepared to open up the printer to rectify the problem if necessary as the cost of paying for a repair would be uneconomic. Any ideas?

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Re: Ink and paper lights flashing red and I cannot print

I have solved the problem, its a dodgey chip on a printer cartridge.

Cyan was the last cartridge i changed, so i guessed that was the one that was causing the problem.

Turn your printer on, when the printer carriage is returning - manually stop it from disappearing underneath the housing (normal stop point for changing the ink). Either replace all the ink, or do a process of elimination by just putting 1 cartridge in at a time and turning your printer off and on.

I hope that solves your problem.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007

Re: Ink and paper lights flashing red and I cannot print

The ink cartridge needs the cartridges put back in. one will be out of sink

Posted on Nov 05, 2007

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Re: Ink and paper lights flashing red and I cannot print

No body wants to take it to repairs, we all hate spending money if it can be avoideded. Do't fret. First, i would bet you have a paper jam that you have missed. This would stop the carriage and head cleaning. Open up the cover as if replacing ink. Get a torch and really thoroughly check for tiny paper jams or ujo's(unidentified jamming objects)check where paper goes too. Now close cover turn off, unplug, all cables, replug, turn on, try printing now. Post back if no good. Cheers lilacgerry

Posted on Aug 31, 2007

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