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R300 ink Pads

Please can someone give me instruction on how to change or clean the waste ink Pads on the Epson R300 Thanks.

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You're experiencing the printer equivalent of a small child with a full nappy... The printer has reached a point where it believes that it's waste ink pads (again the nappy analogy) have filled with waste ink from cleaning routines, etc... so it's trying to tell you that it needs someone to change it.. Preferably a nice expensive Epson technician ;)

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Install it, and double click the ssc printer icon in the bottom right corner (System Tray). Choose Configuration and set your printer type (C4x), then close the ssc window. Now right click the ssc icon in the sytem tray and choose Protection Counter. Check the current count value - if it is greater than the limit shown it will confirm this is your problem. Then choose reset to set it to zero. You will need to fib about having changed the waste ink pads! Turn the printer off then back on again. This will stop the lights flashing and restore normal operation.

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