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Epson Stylus C86 printer flashing lights

Printer turns on, does the usual back and forth; then both ink and paper jam lights flash red and printer will not do another thing.... stuck???

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    the two red lights are flashing from side to side. My wife was printing the other day and wanted to stop printing so she turned the printer off, now when i turn the machine on, notheing happens apart from the flashing lights going side to side. I dont know what else to do as it appears to be stuck somehow, the cartridges dont movee although there is power to the machine

  • plangdale Jul 03, 2008

    I'm having the flashing red light problem on my Epson C86 too. It started when I had a paper jam the other day. I pulled the paper out manually (I know now I shouldn't have done that) and the red lights started flashing. The flashing lights are not alternating they flash at the same time and the green power light is not on. My printer utility software is communicating with the printer and it's telling me there's is a small piece of paper still jammed somewhere in the machine. I can't find any traces of paper anywhere and the jammed sheet of paper I pulled out of the printer has no tears at all on it. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this problem??

  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    I had a paper jam and pull the paper from top and looked for any pieces of paper. I found one and pull it out. I cleaned the rollers but now it is not printing one line clearly. What should I do.

  • Anonymous Sep 28, 2008

    I have the same problem except mine is a C46 model

    help????

  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    msnqfw

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    My printer fed through too much paper - no jam, but now wont do anything except flash the lights!

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Then you , like the printer are stuck? well, then open it up, inspect it closely, and find the little paper that is inside and making it flash red..

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