Question about Epson Stylus Photo R200 InkJet Printer
Please go to my website http://www.the-inkstore.co.uk . I have the latest version of SSC Service Utility to download directly onto your computer and instructions on how to use it, what to click on etc etc. Click any of the Epson links if you can't find it, everything you need to know will be there, including printer Firmware resetting which sorts out a multitude of problems.
The 'maintenance required' problem with Epson printers has absolutely nothing to do with which cartridges you are using, it is a built in page counter in your printer firmware, which has a different maximum amount for each Epson model. Don't listen to old wives tales and heresay, we are the experts and it's an Epson scam to cause a lot of people to pay for maintenance or throw their printers away.
I haven't found a model that can't be reset with the latest version of SSC Serve or the manual reset on my site.
For Epson RX500 users there is also a manual reset on my site, as the SSC Serve software won't do it for you.
When using the program & choosing your printer from the list, it may have a weird name with 'x' in the model number, this is because some configurations are for many models in a series. For example, the C46 will be listed as C4x as it is for the C42, C44 & C46 models.
I hope this helps all Epson users to overcome the Epson scam of page counting and locking out until you pay their dealers money for maintenance.
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Happy trouble free printing
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Posted on Jul 15, 2008
I had this problem and it turned out to be the waste ink pad in the bottom of the printer. There is a moisture sensor in the printer that keeps track of how saturated this pad is and when the counter reaches a certain level the printer does what you have described. The solution is to open the small access panel on the back of the printer and re-route the waste ink tube into some sort of container. Try Googling "R200 Waste ink hack" or something similar, I'm sure you'll find an in-depth guide with photos. While you're at it, Google "sscserve.exe", which is a little service utility that lets you reset the waste ink counter (amongst other things).
10 minutes and your printer will be working again.
Posted on Apr 15, 2008
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