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Blinking Ink and Paper light

How can I find out what is wrong and fix?

Posted by Steven Fried on

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  • Steven Fried Jan 07, 2007

    All that the Epson site tells me is to contact technical support. There is nothing specific about clearing the codes or really determining what is the problem nor is both lights flashing covered on Epson site. They are all new cartridges and there is paper. I can and will fix it myself if I someone will help me determine what is wrong and find out the button codes.

  • Steven Fried Jan 07, 2007

    The results of the guide say to report the problem to Epson. Then they would tell me that I have to bring it to a service center. I can fix it if I have the codes to clear the error or can determine why the lights are blinking. It would be too much money to get it repaired or replace the heads. I am willing to dismantle and try myself. I've fixed printers before. Would there be anyone that can give me those codes? They were partially in another place. I would need the complete sequence if possible.

  • Steven Fried Jan 07, 2007

    When the ink and paper buttons flash, the green power LED is OFF.
    The ink and paper buttons are red and alternating back and forth.
    The printer software on my computer has no communication with the printer with the USB cable plugged in of course.
    I purchased brand new ink cartridges and they are currently in the printer, but I had been refilling the cartridges myself.

  • Steven Fried Jan 08, 2007

    This is good, but I need some clarification. You say - Turn the printer on while holding down the power, paper feed and the cleaning buttons....
    The C86 has only three buttons and a power cord. The three buttons from left to right are Ink, paper, and power. I've tried various ways and if I hold down the ink button while plugging in the printer and then hitting the power button, I can get the paper out and power button to blink. Thank you for all your help so far. These are the most help I've gotten anywhere else.

  • Steven Fried Jan 09, 2007

    I still need more help on this. Please read the last post. The buttons and lights described are not the same as the C86. For instance, I can't turn the printer on while holding down the the power, paper feed and cleaning buttons. The only way to turn the printer on is either the power button (which I would have depressed) or plugging in the power cord. There is no other power switch on the C86. I've tried holding all three buttons and plugging it in twice. But when released, no matter how long I hold them, the red lights continue to flash as before.

  • Steven Fried Jan 10, 2007

    I am posting again because I still need clarification for the printer controls. Please see previous message.

  • krishna18 Apr 15, 2008

    my Epson R230 printer's ink and paper lights are blincking alternatively,

    and not allowing me to operate any other functions. i have removed all cartridges and re fit them. i am using refillable cartridges (CISS systems).

  • Grandpa BB Apr 30, 2008

    Same problem with two simultaneously blinking red lights and the green light is off.    This problem developed when I miss loaded a single sheet, and then the paper jammed about 80% out.   I pulled the sheet and got all of it out in one piece.    But, I did NOT push the "paper" button.    My "help" software is no help, so I called Epson.    When I said I did not use the "paper" button, they said I had a major error.   I have 2 options, take my C86 to a service center at $75/hour, or buy a new printer and throw away $85 wort of ink I have bought.     So I'm looking for a "fix it" option



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Please go to my website . I have the latest version of SSC Service Utility to download directly onto your computer and instructions on how to use it, what to click on etc etc. Click any of the Epson links if you can't find it, everything you need to know will be there, including printer Firmware resetting which sorts out a multitude of problems.

The 'maintenance required' problem with Epson printers has absolutely nothing to do with which cartridges you are using, it is a built in page counter in your printer firmware, which has a different maximum amount for each Epson model. Don't listen to old wives tales and heresay, we are the experts and it's an Epson scam to cause a lot of people to pay for maintenance or throw their printers away.
I haven't found a model that can't be reset with the latest version of SSC Serve or the manual reset on my site.

For Epson RX500 users there is also a manual reset on my site, as the SSC Serve software won't do it for you.
When using the program & choosing your printer from the list, it may have a weird name with 'x' in the model number, this is because some configurations are for many models in a series. For example, the C46 will be listed as C4x as it is for the C42, C44 & C46 models.

I hope this helps all Epson users to overcome the Epson scam of page counting and locking out until you pay their dealers money for maintenance.

If you like what I've done for Epson users, please show your appreciation by spreading the word and perhaps buying your ink from my site.

Happy trouble free printing

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    I feel people are missing the opportunity to reset their printers due to too much information and scepticism in what others say about the software.
    Fear not, the SSC Service Utility is written for Epson Engineers and Epson Dealers so that they may charge you £25 or more to reset something that wasn't broken in the first place. The 'Protection Counter' that causes you printer to stop working is not required, it simply makes people pay more money to have it reset or causes them to throw away their printer and buy a new one.
    I obtained a copy of the software from an Epson Engineer when he came to reset my printer whilst still under warranty and it is the same software available on the Internet free if you know where to find it.
    I usually send people to my website to download it, but if you want to download it from another source on the Internet, feel free to look for it, it's called sscserve.exe

    If you want to download it from my business website, you get the program and a step by step on how to install it and use it.
    Here's the page from which you can download it and read how to use it:

    I get lots of emails and thank you notes from people who have used this software and saved their printer from the scrap heap.
    DON'T BELIEVE THE SCARE MONGERERS, they have a vested interest in you buying only their products and as often as possible.
    The software is stored on a secure site and downloads very quickly. Happy Printing!


    The INK Store




Epson R230 not work,dueto 2 light flash...who know how yo do??

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Hi Steven, Click on the link below. This leads to an Epson troubleshooting page. Its pretty easy to follow and should help you diagnose what the problem: Let us know if you have any other questions and please don't forget to rate the posting.

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2007

    The idea was for you to follow the guide AND IF you had more questions report the results of the Epson guide.
    Your welcome.......

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2007

    Some additional details as to what exactly is going on AND what let to the problem are necessary:

    -Is the green power LED off?
    -When you say the ink and paper LEDs are blinking are they red and are they blinking together or alternating?
    -What about the printer software on your computer, what is it indicating about the ink supply?
    -Are you refilling the ink cartridges on this?

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2007

    OK, here is what you can try:

    The first thing to check if you haven?t already is to make sure nothing is blocking the movement of the print head. This can also cause this printer LED flash sequence.

    If you don?t find anything then it?s possible your waste ink counter is signaling the waste ink absorber pad needs to be changed. If you don?t have one right now you can still reset it, however, I wouldn?t put it off for too long. The pads are available through the Epson accessory store

    There appear to be two ways to reset it, one being the SSC service utility which would install on your computer but since your PC isn?t communicating with your printer that option is out. For anyone else reading this I?ve included the link to the program below Please not that while lots of people have used this utility successfully it is written by a third party and could void your warranty and cause more harm than good.

    The second way (but more difficult apparently) to reset the waste ink counter is to use the control panel.
    -Turn the printer on while holding down the Power, Paper feed and the cleaning buttons. The paper out LED should flash for 3 seconds.
    -While the Paper out LED is still flashing (important) press the cleaning button for 10 seconds. The following LEDs should start flashing in this order Ink Out LEDs, black and color followed by the Paper out LED.

    This should reset the waste ink counter and you should be able to print again, however, it is a good idea to replace the waste ink pad as soon as possible.


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SOURCE: Blinking lights

The pads do need to be replaced. It is not as simple like the 1280. it does need to be taken into an authorized service center.
we are, and located in southern california.

I have taken the pads out and 95% of the time are all completely soaked. you can do what you did, but you will not get the full life out of a pad.


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- unplug cable
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At this stage, your computer will detect a new hardware

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