Code:P error message: Pad saturated.. ink leaked..replace cartridge
After travel with PictureMate(4x6photo printer), Error message that it was out of ink,.. pad saturated, replace cartridge and Code:P. The printer was kept upright and cartridge left installed as manual said. I removed the cartridge which was new and found some black ink around one nozzle. All other nozzles had no leakage evident. After wiping with qtip, I reinstalled the cartridge but still has Code:P with "replace cartridge". My question: If there was ink leakage, will installing a new cartridge solve the problem. Considering the cartridge cost, I want to know if there is other damage done to the printer, as does pad need replacing? Help, I really like this printer and miss it terribly!! Thanks, Artist
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Re: Code:P error message: Pad saturated.. ink...
Chances are the printer needs maintenance, you can actually send it to a repair center to replace the inkpads for your printer, try this link for information and you can download as well the utility from this site after registering:
Your printer has a one year warranty if its still within the warranty call epson if not try this site www.epson.com/loyalty and try the passcode minute or market and register. Hope this help. pls dont forget to rate solution. Thanks!!
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You need a reset ink pad software to get rid of this error message. Since you do not put the printer model and number. Try this link for epson printer only. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml. If not, use websearch to find your free software resetter for ink pad error message.
The reason the service message pops up is that it is telling you that the waste ink pads are near the end of their service life and probably saturated with ink. You should still clean the waste ink pads or ink will eventually run out the bottom of your printer and create a big mess. If you do a Google search for something like "rx600 waste ink pads" there are some how-to discussions on doing this yourself. I'm going to clean mine later today.
They say it's not hard to do and you don't have to disassemble your printer, just use a toothpick or modified paperclip to remove the pads after you park the cartridges in their "replace ink cartridge" position and unplug the printer. A more detailed procedure can be found with the Google search.
I found this on fixya per dgsturt It looks like you've managed to get ink all over the shop by using the self clean option. That't mainly to clear bocked print heads and tends to squirt a load of ink through.
That ink has to go somewhere, it looks like you may have some on your rollers.
First, I'd have a look through the printer menu see if there's a roller cleaning option, give that a go.
Second, I'm not sure but worth a try, try printing a document that has wording all down the page but use an empty cartridge. If your printer will do this you’re effectively using a sheet of paper as a mop to clean the rollers.
Third, probably the most difficult, get some Isoproprial Alcohol from the chemist and try and clean the rollers and print bed yourself with a lint free cloth and cotton buds, what ever works.
If you don't like the idea of Isoproprial Alcohol, it is highly infamable, try with a damp cloth first, but it will take longer to dry off.
Many times head cleaning will throw much ink away. 1 time about 10% of ink. After meny times head cleaning, ink will out, and need replacement. May be after head cleaning nozzle is ok, but after replacement, printer do ink charge. It may be distrub the flow of ink at head. Is the cartridge new?. Use CISS for continuity printing.
That is a problem with the Ink jet printers. Lack of use causes the cartridges/heads, etc. to dry up. You're only solution (I'm afraid) is to replace them. TIP: If you're typically not using the printer for several days or even week(s) at a time, it never hurts to print a single (low coverage) page of colour every few days just to keep the ink flowing
Take the ink-cartridge out, shake it only very lightly and put it back in the printer. Turn it on and go to the options section and run the printhead cleaner option and alignment, this might make it work properly. Good Luck
Are you sure it is staurated or it just the printer showing the error. Apparently there is a usage timer in the printer firmware that will display this error after so many hours of usage. Epson has a small program to reset this error but warns that if the pad is saturated it may leak out onto you table/desk. My R220 displayed this error and I reset it with Epsons resetter program. If you are not sure of the pad, I would put something under the printer just in case it is saturated and leaks. I don't think you can buy replacement pads from Epson as they say the printer is disposable. I also don't know what material the pads are made of but I have never seen one overflo in all the years I have used Epson printers. There is always a first time so if I were resetting mine I would defininately put something under the printer to watch for leaking ink. The program to reset the ink counter is EpsonIPRUtility.A10.exe and is available at www.Epson.com