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The ink absorber in the MP160 is located in the rear righthand corner in the base of the printer. It is a thick felt pad which gradually gets saturated with ink which is sucked from the cartridges each time you hear the whirring noise before printing. I dismantled my printer once and washed and dried the pad before putting it all back together again. If you ignore the "waste ink adsorber full" warning for too long there is a risk excess ink will leak from the base of the printer. Dismantling the printer to get at the absorber pad is a major exercise. Some newspaper placed under the printer will buy you some time and stop damage to your desktop.
You need a reset ink pad software to get rid of this error message. Since you do not put the printer model and number. Try this link for epson printer only. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml. If not, use websearch to find your free software resetter for ink pad error message.
The reason the service message pops up is that it is telling you that the waste ink pads are near the end of their service life and probably saturated with ink. You should still clean the waste ink pads or ink will eventually run out the bottom of your printer and create a big mess. If you do a Google search for something like "rx600 waste ink pads" there are some how-to discussions on doing this yourself. I'm going to clean mine later today.
They say it's not hard to do and you don't have to disassemble your printer, just use a toothpick or modified paperclip to remove the pads after you park the cartridges in their "replace ink cartridge" position and unplug the printer. A more detailed procedure can be found with the Google search.
Ink means pad for waste ink nearly full. Epson program read and count all waste ink from head cleaning and ink charge. Next, you need reset waste ink counter, and replace or washing pad. You can extend outlet pipe to outside of printer, so next time you don't need replace pad again.
Chances are the printer needs maintenance, you can actually send it to a repair center to replace the inkpads for your printer, try this link for information and you can download as well the utility from this site after registering:
Your printer has a one year warranty if its still within the warranty call epson if not try this site www.epson.com/loyalty and try the passcode minute or market and register. Hope this help. pls dont forget to rate solution. Thanks!!
all above suggestion and solution are okey/
After opening printer best way to clean it that your hand not getting dirty wear rubberize gloves take some old injectable cyrin, suck it put into container with fine screen filter/ nothing left ink ,injection cyrin connot suck anymore .replace the pad if available or clean it /soak w/detergent wash and dry..
The machine counts every dot it prints and estimates when pads should be cleaned then it shutdown to prevent spillage, athough you've cleaned the pads the machine needs to be reset by being connected to Epson's Eagle Download, which they have made very secure from the anyone but Epson agents.
The error message you are getting is because the printer thinks you have gone through too many cleaning cycles and assumes the waste ink pads at the bottom of the printer are full. sometimes this is correct but not always. the only way to know for shure is to remove the cover and physically look inside at the waste ink pads. if they are saturated with ink you can do one of three things 1 remove pads and clean in water and dry (very messy) 2 get replacement pads (probably not economical) 3 take a chance and use utility (printer don't work anyway) If waste ink pads are full and you leave them it may cause problems later when you run more cleaning cycles as the surplus ink now has nowhere to go. hope this helps