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Epson printer -parts at their end of life!

Still reads "parts inside your printer are at the end of their life"

My Epson worked beautiful for 3 years and the warning came up Parts at the end of their life. It still worked beautiful and then shut down. I would think that it should show bad functions but shut down almost if commanded to do so.

It cost $37 to find out that the ink pads were saturated or something like that and it would cost $147 to repair it./ I can buy a new one for $75 more.
Can I not replace the pads myself? How can I trust that the certified repair shop is not making too much on an uninformed person?

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  • graywolff Dec 23, 2007

    Thank you so very much.I do use original Epson inks.and I feel it prolongs the life.You are very good. I have a question. I love the device and I hate to give up the device because it does not print.(1.) Can I use the device (RX600) as a scanner,copier and fax independant of the printing. It seems that the three functions should not be dependent on the RX600 printing since when it is working that you can use these functions without the printing. I would appreciate your comments.Is there a way to bypass the shutdown mechanism or does it work seperately any way? I do not have the device here as I have to pick it up from the shop.

    I am an Architect and need to print the best photos I can and transport them and so I need a multi use photo printer. I loved the RX600 and I am told that the Epson RX700 is the best 0n the market for quality under $400. The other is the Cannon PixmaMP800. I use a lot of Ink and so since I use OEM inks I have to be concerned as to the expense of Inks In the past I found that Lexmark was way to expensive and that Epson was much better.
    (2) What do you think?
    I can not tell you how much I appreciated you help and the quick response.
    Bud my web site is if you are interested. I am designing Hospitals in Amman Jordan and Baghdad Iraq. Thanks again Love to have your comments on (1) and (2)

  • graywolff Dec 24, 2007

    To Soulvisitor. Wow! You are unbelievable. I wish that there were more
    people like you.How do you know all this.Are you a technician? If you are then you are dedicated to your craft.I am so

    I have a very successful Architectural practice and I am a published
    Artist. I can afford to buy the most expensive printer but I am also a
    pack rat that hates to give up or throw away a device that should give
    us more service and yes that helps our planet survive.

    I agree with you that the reason devices are designed and created is to
    use a certain product that they were designed to use. that is how they are technologically designed.

    I do not know if it is appropriate but I would like to thank you
    personally through a one to one email. I would be most pleased to
    converse with you if you feel it is appropriate.

    I am bud. my email is

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    My printer needs to have either new ink pads .Where can I find new pads with instructions ,



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It is a labour intensive job to strip these machines and replace the pads and get them back in one piece and printing, it took me 2.5 hours to do my first one, now it still takes 3/4 of hour knowing the beast, but all epsons are the same not made for fixing just for throwing out. Besides the repair shop needing to replace 7 cheap pads you have to reset the counters that control the error, only epson dealers have access to that Eagle software program that you need to use to do it.

So in short, no they are not ripping you off and yes better off throwing it and no you cant just change the pads.

Believe it or not, you have done well to get 3 years from a inkjet, you must use gen inks.

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    Soulvisitor Dec 24, 2007

    I'm not sure about question 1

    Most machines wont allow any function because the first thing they do at power on is to do a clean of the print head to get the ink system ready for action when called upon, so yours will fail there and halt all operations. There is no magic bypass that I'm aware of but I am aware of something that I think you might just find valuable and will keep you and you rx600 relationship intact.

    But first the question 2... To me all photo inkjets are the same, I'm not a fan in any shape or form the medium is riddled with problems, Give me toner based machines any day, so much cheaper to run and so reliable compared to ink, but with said they are also more expensive to buy (not that that is the real cost) and heavy, which sounds to me like your issue, you need it transportable?

    Please read my other POST re ink vs toner.

    Every Tec seems to have their own preference when it comes to inkjets, but you are correct, one should really look at running costs not the buy price cause that's where your money will end up going. Once your in the realm of photo quality pic printers they are much of a muchness they print photo quality!

    I recommend you buy a toner machine if you do more than 10 prints a day, you will save in the long run due to running cost being like 10c instead of 40c a sheet. I also glad to see that someone has found value in using the correct product in their machine, most sadly just don't get it and their machines don't make it past warranty expiry little known waste ink full. I see very few old machines(3years) and when I do I know they use original ink. And yes 3 years is old in inkjet years.

    Some brands are not the same as others ie a lot of HP machines have the print head as part of the disposable ink cartridge so that pretty well eliminates head problems that one readily encounters in others but the cost of the cartridge is higher (with good reason) but print quality is maintained longer oh and HP dont even make parts for their inkjets, they just replace entire unit if it breaks under warranty.

    Canon machines usally have the head as a consumable whereby you can change them as required but they are extreemly expensive.

    Epsons are a pain to pull apart and don't take kindly to refills but do a great job if used correctly.

    Brothers use a different printing system, more electronic than pump driven, parts are cheap but probably are not up to the quality and they do despise refilling

    Now here is you Xmas present....5 mins just wrapping.....

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    Soulvisitor Dec 24, 2007

    Use at own risk LINK

    This above is the Service software for the RX600, you can reset your counter and be off and running, if you dont dismantle your printer and clean pads, one day it will pour ink on to your desk to tell you off for not giving your printer any attention!, I've known people to run hoses out of printer and to a bottle to make easy waste desposable system.

    Here is exploded parts of your printer or simular at least.

    Aonther way to rest a rx 500 should work on 600 too

    For the RX500 (should also work on the RX520 but have not tried it)

    From a "Cold" start (Printer Off)
    Hold down the "Clear + Setup + On" buttons

    When the "red" LED near the "Power" button starts to flash let go of the three buttons.

    The Display will show one of four messages:
    Copy Endurance
    Spd up/Slow down
    Self start
    Rst. Ink OFC

    Use the "Select" arrow buttons to scroll to "Rst. Ink OFC"
    Press the "Color" button. It will instruct you to "push power sw"
    Press the "On" (Power On/Off) button. The printer will do it's thing and turn off.

    Your Done.

    Note: When the printer throws a "parts within the printer have reached the end of their service life" message and you do the above to clear the "error" the printer thinks you have changed the ink "overflow" absorption pads. They will continue to fill, if they overflow, well you know the mess inkjet ink makes when any of it gets on things you don't want it on. You've been WARNED!

    Merry Xmas

    P.S. I never help people with inkjet ink/waste problems normally u must be special...

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    Soulvisitor Dec 24, 2007

    I only answered your question cause you stated that you had it running well for 3 years. So I pretty well know you use the only genuine manufactures ink. Excuse me if you dont mind because I'll post some things here for the general reader in hope of somehow getting the message across regarding the futility of using the reink/recycle money spinning industry.

    If your concerned about your impact on the environment from your printing stop printing.... that is the way, there is no other, so with that said if your going to print, Please stop sticking stuff that aint designed specifically for your piece of delicate equipment in to it, you will not save money, I will take off you (or someone like me) to fix it one day and all your savings and a little more, will be gone, or you will buy another and need to turf that one, another cost you will pay is greater stress and frustration between you and your product, less quality and more time wastage.

    If your concerned about the cost of printing, then do your research first, Don't look at the cost of the machine as the price you pay cause it isn't, the price you pay is that cost plus the cost of running it for its lifetime. Most of the cost of printing is not in purchase price it is running cost, so get a idea of how many and what sort of printing you do, then have a look at the running cost of machines that can do what you require.

    And look here is the proof for all you people in post reading land. The only thing that has stopped this man and his looked after printer working, has been a counter to ensure he doesn't get ink on the desk!

    Most machines that use non gen product do a lot more cleaning cycles to get desired print quality and all that does is to pour greater quantity's of ink on the waste pads and I've seen them with full pads in 6 weeks, little known 3 years from it.

    He has had a machine that has been Beautiful for 3 years. Doesn't everyone want one like that........

    Congratulations I'm impressed!

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    Soulvisitor Dec 24, 2007

    Another GEM for reseting epson printers/carts..please note. when installed right click on task bar icon to see features of it

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    Soulvisitor Jan 20, 2008

    My email is, just remove the "NOSPAM" in fixya


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