Question about Epson Stylus Photo 950 InkJet Printer
This is an ambiguous error message. It could mean that the waste ink pads are full, a different maintenance error or a fatal error.
To check if it is the waste ink pads: Try this: Hold down the roll paper and paper buttons when turning on the printer. As soon as the lights start to blink (within 3 seconds) momentarily release the buttons and then press and hold the roll paper button, holding it for ten seconds. Both of the lights should flash, release the button and the printer should go into its normal standby mode. If this works the waste ink pads should also be cleaned or replaced, lest they are apt to overflow.
To clean the waste ink pads (small absorbent pieces) you need to disassemble the printer and get under the printer cartridge carrier. The pads absorb ink during cleaning and from the edges of borderless pictures. You need to have lots of newspaper to keep the ink from getting everywhere. Take the pads out and blot the excess ink off them, blot the excess ink from inside the printer. Then run water over the pads until no ink remains. Let the pads dry completely (you can use a blow dryer to speed the process up) and then reassemble the printer. Epson has a reset utility for some of their printers but you must provide a serial number to get access to the download. It was at http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/wip.html but I can't get the page to load today.
http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/printhead.html describes cleaning the printhead using the solution available from http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kits/epson/K70 . The printhead can clog from sitting but the above cleaning process can do it if the unit is open for too long.
http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html can reset other maintenance errors. (Use this with care - it can cause more problems).
The other fatal errors mean take it to a service center for repair or buy a new printer.
Please note that the waste ink absorber error is supposed to occur near the end of the expected life cycle of the printer. Additional failures may occur soon.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Aug 28, 2010
keep the stop or cancelled button pressed for about 10 seconds and then see. It will reset your printer and should work better again.
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