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Epson D88 lights flashing

I have an Epson D88. Both the ink and paer lights are flashing and the power button is nor illuminated although it is switched on. So it will not work?
Thank you jane

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  • louisebuffy Feb 27, 2008


    Its over 12 months old

    Thank you jane

  • InkJock Apr 30, 2008

    What started off as poor quality prints is now a won't print at all problem. The lights flash but nothing else happens. I get the message that there is a foreign body in the printer but try as i might, nothing is to be found!

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    Epson D88 lights flashing problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered.

  • prpadley Sep 08, 2008

    paper and ink light flashes says ready for service only six months old but used a very lot, any way to turn this off and continue just prior to turning itself off working like a dream



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Jane, contact Epson directly - if you printer is under 12 months they mat replace it

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Sounds a lot like you have an ink pressure issue and at a guess you are using a CIS (Continuous Ink Supply) system.

I would refer back to the documentation that came with your printer and make sure that you are not overpressuring the printhead with the ink reservoirs set too high or some part of the priming process has been missed.

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I just had the same problem. Try opening the top flap on the printer and see if you can click the lid down on the ink cartridge box more firmly (until it clicks) - i had to force the cartridges to the left slightly to do this, although I'm not sure if thats neccessary. Then i pushed the cartidge box back to the right where it was before. The 2 red lights still flashed for me, but when i turned the printer off and on again it worked just fine. I hope this helps.

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This is usually caused by a problem with the chip(s) on the new cartridge.

Check that the chips are clean, and are correctly installed on the cartridge(s) (some can be knocked out of alignment and thus not connect properly).

Also check for any damage to the tiny wires in the printhead where the cartridge sits.. These can also become soiled with fluff, etc... Be VERY careful if you try to clean these as they are very delicate and if broken off you will have a broken printer.

Last thing is of course to check you have the correct cartridges... A common one with the D88 is to have C86 cartridges which are not compatible at all (different' chips!).

Hope that helps.

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How to change the ink cartridge on an Epson D88 printer?

To change a cartridge the old one needs to be registering as empty.

Press the ink button and the carriage unit will move to the pointer which indicates which cartridge is empty. Press the ink button again and it will move to the exchange position.

You only need to press, rather than hold the button down as holding it down will run a cleaning cycle which is best avoided unless required.

If the cartridge is not registering as empty you can try this approach:

Turn the printer on, wait for the printhead to move off the parking pad and then pull the power cord out the back of the printer (or just turn it off at the socket). You should then be able to move the printhead manually to the exchange position and change your cartridges over. Once you're done just plug and turn the printer back on and hopefully you should be good to go.

Hope that helps.

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