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Ink Levels not showing

Alhough i have genuine Epson cartridges installed, there's no ink levels showing. Anyone come across this before?

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  • elzwood Apr 03, 2008

    Windows XP 2002 Service pack 2.
    thanks.

  • elzwood Apr 06, 2008

    Levels now showing, thanks for helping out.

  • Lynnk Apr 16, 2008

    I have the same problem with Epson 1290 printer, but using Vista. Unfortunately the ink ran out, but after I replaced a cartridge the red light went out, but it still won't print. I think they're not communicating that the ink has been replaced!



    I've found that I have to install the printer driver via Vista to have it work OK, but this problem remains. Any help appreciated, since I can't afford another printer!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2008

    NI INK LEVELS SHOWING

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What operating system are you using? are you getting an error light on the printer?

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 05, 2008

    trash and reinstall the printer driver and dl driver from epson site. if the status monitor will not show still update me.

  • Edgar Allan Pagayona
    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 05, 2008

    After reinstalling the printer and status monitor doesnt show still, uninstall driver from add and remove program one more time and follow this steps

    Now we need to remove specific references to the product in the registry.

    1. Click on START, then RUN.
    2. In the RUN window, type in REGEDIT and press OK.
    3. In the upper menu bar click on FILE, then EXPORT.
    4. In the window that comes up, SAVE IN should be set to DESKTOP.
    5. In the FILE NAME section at the bottom of the window type in REGBACKUP.
    6. EXPORT RANGE should have a dot next to ALL.
    7. Click on SAVE.
    8. Look at the column on the left.
    9. Click on the “+” sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    10. Click on the “+” sign next to SOFTWARE
    11. Click on the “+” sign next to Epson
    12. Click on the “+” sign next to PRINTER
    13. If you see a reference to your printer's model, right click and delete it.
    14. Click on the “-“ signs next to PRINTER, EPSON, SOFTWARE, HKEY_CURRENT_USER to close up this branch.
    15. Click on the “+” sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    16. Click on the “+” sign next to SOFTWARE
    17. Click on the “+” sign next to EPSON
    18. Look for a folder with the name of your printer model. Right click on it and Delete it (if you don’t see it, then don’t worry about it).
    19. Scroll down and look for a folder named PRINTER and click on the “+” sign to the left of it.
    20. Look for a reference to your printer model. Right Click on it and delete it.
    21. Click on the “-“ signs next to EPSON, SOFTWARE, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to close up this branch.
    22. Close the registry editor.

    then reinstall the driver that you downloaded from the web.

    if issue persist pls update me

    dont forget to rate solution. thanks!!




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