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Hello: I've got an epson C86 that has two fast blinking red lights and the green light (power) has gone off. It is 5 yrs old and the ink pads look pretty drenched. I've reset the counter using the reset utility from Epson, but the lights still come on. Is it time for me to purchase a new printer?!

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I believe so. Running an inkjet printer of this class for 5 years without major problems is fair enough. Better think of a replacement printer rather than trying to fix this one.

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If the red paper light and the red ink light are blinking in an alternating pattern, then you may have a foreign object or piece of paper blocking the movement of the print head. Turn off the printer, open the printer and look for anything in the printhead path. Remove anything that doesn't belong. Some printers have a strip that the print head travels across that can sometimes come out of position. This can be repositioned by moving it up and down as well as forward and back to align in a guide on the back of the print head.

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Let's Try first if it can print without using your computer just to check if printer is working fine by itself.
step1
Make sure its not connected to the computer and there is paper loaded on the printer. Turn off printer, press and hold paper button (middle button) then press and release the power button (right button). If you can see a flashing green light release your hold on the paper button.
If it prints by itself good go to step 2 if not check what lights do you see. Solid red light on ink light (tear drop button) means one or more inks is empty. Epson printer will not print if one or more ink is empty.
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Check if computer can detect printer goto start/control panel/systems/ click on hardware tab and click on device manager
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