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basically, the Epson printer has a built-in utility that counts the number of prints made. When it considers the little felt pads that collect the inks from cleans is full, it (in effect) says your printer is at the end of its life. Total rubbish, of course. You can get new waste pads - or get Epson service to change them, which includes resetting the counter and for a quite heavy cost to you. However, you can reset yourself and improve the printer at the same time. To get any ink out of the pads, set the printer for changing a cartridge. It moves the head with cartridges to a position where they can be removed. Then unplug the power - do NOT just turn off the printer with its button as that resets the head to its normal locked position. You can then moved the head side to side freely. Now make a number of pads from Kitchen paper and down in the RH side, where the head parks between uses, you will see the felt waste pad. Just keep pressing down with pads to soak up all the ink it has absorbed. That will mean you do not have to buy and change new pads. If you live in the USA you can get a Free Waste Ink Counter reset utility from Epson. It only works with USA Serial Numbers (same printer elsewhere in the World has different serial numbers so the utility will not work - so no good getting a USA based friend to send it to you as a file!). You can purchase (not expensive) a reset utility from such as: http://www.wasteink.co.uk/epson-ipr-reset/
To drain waste ink instead of getting the pads soaked, fit a waste bottle. here's a link to a youtube video explaining how. You can buy kits but all you need is a short length of tubing and a small glass bottle (don't use plastic as they can tip over too easily). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1cdvkJ-3Dc
You will need to go to the support section for Epson, and read their troubleshooter, but I reckon you will have to manually remove the cartridges and then clean/ change them, then clean the printer, try then re-calibrating after that and see how you go.
I hope this is the fixya for you and look forward to hearing how you get on.
The Waste Ink Pads in your printer are saturated with ink and the waste ink counter has exceeded its limit. The Waste Ink Pads should be replaced as soon as possible. You can overcome this problem temporarily by using the SSC utility - download from
and reset the Protection Counter. This will stop the lights flashing and restore normal operation. However, remember that eventually ink will overflow from the waste ink area and make a dreadful mess, so you must change the waste ink pads before this happens. This requires the disassembly of the printer. Should you decide to have a go at changing the waste ink pads, the 830 service manual can be downloaded from here:
If your having an error that says "Parts inside the printer are at the end of there Service life" it means that you ink pad is full/ what you can do is change your ink pad and then download an ink pad reset utility so that you can reset the settings/ Make sure to change ink pad before you reset it becuase ink will leak if you don't change it. For the flashing lights, try to check for obstructions inside the printer if not, make sure that ink clicked in and the cover for the tray is closed