I really have to keep printing for a meeting in the morning. Is there anyway to bypass this "replace photoconductor" message on my Epson Aculaser cx11nf printer until I can get to the store tomorrow evening? Please help ASAP
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If a consumable product reaches the end of its service life, the product stops printing and displays the following messages in the LCD panel or the window of EPSON Status Monitor 3. When this happens, the product cannot resume printing until you replace the depleted consumable products.
The photoconductor unit comes to the end of its service life. Even if this message is displayed in the LCD panel, you can continue to print for a short time by pressing the B&W Start or Color Start button on the control panel. The message in the LCD panel changes from Replace Photoconductor to Worn Photoconductor.
The kill chip on my C1100 is actually on the side of the photoconductor. Open the top lid, pull up the orange handle on the right, and pull the photoconductor out. The killer chip is on the left hand side of the photoconductor. It is possible to buy new chips for about £15. I tried this, and it quickly died :( genuine photoconductors should last for thousands of pages, so are worth the money.
You really need to keep an eye on the photoconductor gauge on the printer screen on your computer. Mine got very low, and I hadn't noticed. Best to be prepared !
There are several "doors" on the C1100. You need to open the door on the top. You will see an orange handle on top of the photoconductor, to lift it out. You can't lift it out, until you've pulled the orange handle on the far right up first. You then need to buy a new photoconductor - these are £150 - £180 ish. There are cheaper solutions, such as just replacing the "killer chip", which tells the printer how many sheets you've printed, but in my experience, the replacement chips soon become faulty, and render the printer useless. I know it sounds a lot of money to replace the photoconductor, but you need to do a lot of printing before it's time to replace it.
The reset chip will not provide you with a long term solution to your problem. The photoconductor unit is now full of waste toner and the photoconductive drum, prime charge roller and wiper blade are all worn, this is the cause of the message. Your only real and the correct solution is to replace the Photoconductor unit with a new one. Remember that this is part of the consumable set for this printer and is therefor costed in as part of the cost per page.
Should you proceed with the replacement chip, you will be opening yourself to deminishing quality print and eventual failure of the unit.
Turn printer off and remove photoconductor unit, close covers and turn printer back on without photoconductor, error will appear that you need to install photoconductor, install photoconductor and wait til it calibrates, if same error appears photoconductor is a consumable part you will have to replace it then.