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Epson C60 Stylus Status Monitor Does Not Work On Windows Vista

I cannot get this status monitor to work on Vista, and I read of a way to fix the problem on the internet.  it said to just plug it in and let Windows install automatically.  I already had the printer installed (the printer drivers install perfectly and it prints perfectly, and I just can't get the status monitor to work), so I uninstalled it in order to let Windows install it again.  However, for some crazy reason, my Computer will delete it, but when I hook it up again, it acts like its already installed.  It will even still print after being uninstalled!  Does anyone know what is up with this???

I too have been unable to get Status Monitor 3 to work with Vista. My printer is an Epson stylus photo 1290. Yes the ink warning light flashes but it does not indicate which cartridge needs replacing. Surely it's up to Microsoft to fix this since they created the problem and there must be thousands of users affected by it.

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  • slaydeuk May 20, 2008

    I have the same problem with my photo 1290, the status monitor does not show ink levels with Vista. Epson advised me to use the the driver in the OS and described a method of getting an ink level indication via the printer icon in Control Panel using Printer Preferences. Unfortunately, this does not work either and Epson have not replied to my further request for help. Have you any suggestions.

  • Dai1943 Aug 29, 2008

    I have Epson Stylus Photo 1290 InkJet Printer that worked perfectly in XP. However, there are a couple of glitches in Vista.

    1. staus Monitor does not work and I don't know when I'm going to run out of ink or which cartidge is out of ink.

    2.If there is a print problem an 'Interactive' report pops up to tell you there is an error rather than the instant report i used to get with XP.

    I unistalled the old drivers, downloaded all the current ones from Epson and reinstalled but to no effect.

  • sahwiss Jan 07, 2009

    I have just upgraded my computer to vista and my stylus photo1290 printer will not print any of my pictures/photos. It will also not show the ink levels. Any help would be great, even if i could just get it to print!!



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The 1290 M driver worked for me. I managed to contact Epson UK and the guy talked me through it, very helpful.

I do wish that Epson would make these things clearer on their website though.

Thanks for the help.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

  • Selkie Nov 07, 2010

    This print status thing is very frustrating. After 2 years of using Vista that lastest service pack has finally allowed me to use my Epson scanner. So I thought I would try my 1290 printer again. The 1290 M was clue...thanks guys...however it only works if I manually open > Printers > 1290 M properties > Advanced > Printing defaults. I can see the inks status etc.

    What a chore though. There must be a better way???


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Hi. When you say the printer wont print, does it show your print jobs queuing up. I had this problem , although the printer was working perfectly when I first bought it. After hours of frustration I remembered that I had checked the print preview box in the printer preferences window. I deselected the box and the printer started printing perfectly again!! Also, regarding the ink monitor problem I have this also. It is confusing when the light flashes as you dont know which ink has run out other than I think the light flashes faster if it is the colour cartridge! I have read that when installing the driver, if you select 1290 M then the ink monitor works. I assume that the M means monitor I havent tried this so O dont know for definite if this works. Good luck.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009


I ve been having the same problem with my Epson 1290 and Windows Vista! It works fine but I cant get the status info on my ink levels. Its so annoying when u run out of ink the LED on the printer goes on but you dont know whick cartridges to replace! I hope Microsoft and Epson get this sorted out because it so annoying and I end up spending more money on inks than needed! I read someone had similar problem, installed the 1290 M driver (via Vistas set drivers) but it didnt work for me!

any other suggestions?

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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