I have the same problem some of you have...the alternating blinking lights and the service warning (after putting a generic brand of ink to save some money from the amazing amount I spend on Epson Ink). I have a Mac OSX, so downloading the ssc utility reset ink counters did not work for me. Help! *-( I have been without a printer for weeks and would love some assistance. I tried holding down the three buttons for over ten seconds, but it didn't reset anything. THANK YOU!
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Please go to my website http://www.the-inkstore.co.uk . 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.
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There is no solution I am aware of that works on the Mac OS.
If you have a windows machine available to you - a laptop or another machine at work you could use - you can fix the error easily with an R200 rescue kit from http://www.TheServiceManualShop.com (search for R200 rescue) or try http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/816008
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If power button is on (not blinks) and two red lights are blinking alternatively it means the inkpads are end of life. Ask epson service centre to reset it and replace the ink pad. You can go for wic reset with fees.
If power button is blinking with two red lights, it means your printer cannot initialize. Its a fatal error. Ask epson service engineer to service it.
If blink is alternative, jast download service tool for epson e 230 and follow the given instruction that are inside the file web address:tricks-collections.com/resetter-epson-stylus-photo-r220-and-r230/
if blink same time: it,s a fatal error. it could be something wrong with the carrage or board or encoder belt
is both the light blink the same time or blink alternate ? if blink the same time, it's probably a fatal error.. if blink alternately then the waste ink counter need to be reset and the waste ink pad need to be replaced.
Your printer has reach its maximum count of cleaning and printing. This need to be reset using epson adjustment program. But before resetting make sure that you have replace the waste pad inside your printer or it is much better to point outside the hose where the waste ink goes out.
Blinking alternately or not? If alternately, see status monitor. It may be end life service (waste ink pad full). Reset waste ink counter using Rx700 adjusment program. If not, it may be a general error.
You need to reset waste ink counter. Use SSC Utility or R230 Adjusment program. Find at indoreset.blogspot.com. Don't forget to replace waste ink pad, or just extend outlet pipe of head cleaning mech to outside bottle.
if all blink but the power, its a cutter position sensor if all blink at high speed except power, its a fatal error if paper blinks and then the inks blink, alternately, then its a maintenance error, and the pads need replacing as printer needs to be reset.
The most help I can offer is a link to a utility program
designed to reset most (if not all) parameters of a variety of Epson
printer models. You need to determine if said utility program will work
with your particular model. This utility is SSC Service Utility for
Epson Stylus Printers and may be downloaded from here. Additional information may be viewed here.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.