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Red Paper light keeps flashing

My Epson Stylus C86 won't print. The red light keeps flashing indicating paper jam. I checked my utilities followed the instructions to the letter but it continues to say paper jam even though I checked and theres no paper jammed anywhere.

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  • khirshpa Dec 02, 2007

    My machine has blinking red lights from the ink and the paper. There is no paper jam and the ink is full. I pulled out paper that was not loading properly before this happened. Thans.

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2007

    Paper jam

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    After paper jammed in printer I removed paper and now have E sign with all lights flashing.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    printer will not print even though have new cartridges, machine keeps saying auto answer on load fax paper



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Try to find thge combination of buttons that reset the printer. there are many possiblities due to the modles - but try pressing any 2 and whilst holding them down switch off and then on again. Also this utility could proce use full. When it is loaded -right click the task bar icon.

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Depending on the way the lights are flashing you could be able to fix this reasonably easily.

If the lights are flashing at high speed together (ie: at the same time) then it's a fatal error and the chances are you have some kind of problem such as:
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  • loose wiring
  • the cleaning station sometimes pops up out of position and stops the printhead getting back into the parked position. If this is the cause you have to push the white wiper plastic down and to the right before allowing it back up and into the mated position with the parking pad. Takes a little work but it's easy enough.

Problem #2 is the waste pads and that's indicated by the flashing lights alternating rather than together.

If it's this then rather than reinvent the wheel (I've posted about this soooo many times now) here's a helpful little guide here: (the C86 is the same as the C88 in terms of the waste pump/tubing design)

Resetting the waste ink counter requires the SSC utility from or a suitable adjustment utility which can be found for download if you search hard...

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Any further investigation requires you to remove the printer top cover, which you may or may not feel like tackling. If you don't, take your printer to a technician, or sell it on E-Bay for what you can get. If you do, post a new comment to this effect and I will provide a tutorial on removing the top cover. It's not difficult if you know how.

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Please see your user manual for the meaning of the various light combinations, or if you don't have one, see:

and look at "Diagnosing Printer Problems".

BOBDOYLE - can you confirm which red light is flashing? If it is the ink light, see the instructions for changing ink cartridges. If it is the paper jam light, check for a paper jam. If you still cannot fix it, come back with a new comment giving any further information.

If this advice was helpful, please rate it.

GUESTS - you both have quite different problems to bobdoyle. If you require specific further help, please register and post a separate request for help.

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Have a look at:

If it's a paper jam, look for and remove paper in feed system. If no paper, is the print head properly parked under the right-hand end of the cover? If not, you may have stuck or detached parking mechanism. Come back to me if this is the case for further help.

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for sale very cheaply on E-Bay.

If you decide to have a go at replacing the ink pads yourself, report back and I will provide further help.

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