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Printer stopped printing. Error message

Error message : Service required. Printer parts are at the end of service life. It was printing fine until this message popped up and I pressed OK.

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  • pferrell Nov 21, 2007

    I can't believe it is fixed!!!! I have never been able to fix anything!! You are awesome! Thank you so much! You are a genius!

    (It did sound like it was going to blow up)

  • Outhouse Dec 06, 2007

    My Printer will print out a calender from one program but will not print any thing else.

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2007

    Service required

  • Donny Red Dec 10, 2007

    Hi There,My R300 printer keeps displaying- Service Required and underneath say - parts are coming to the end of their life. This window keeps appearing every time I want to print something,can I not do something about it myself,any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated.


  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2007

    yes I have the same problem but when I try to reset it cannot find device appears on screen..what do I do next?

  • Outhouse Dec 11, 2007

    Printer will print some things But not most of anything else. It will print out the calender and a letter that I have in my history, Nothing else

    Richard Wright

  • Anonymous Feb 29, 2008

    Hi my R300 keeps giving the message (Service required. Printer parts are at the end of service life.) I think its the ink pads that need replacing.

    How can I sort this problem, can I do it myself, or is there repair centre were I can take it.

    I am pretty handy with a screwdriver.

    Any help will do.


    Steve Yates [email protected]

  • krd874 Aug 04, 2008

    a window pops up when i click on print and it says not matches found, i have did the self help test page and that is fine and also the hp untillity diagnostic and that was fine and the cartriges r fine

  • qnhnguyen Aug 10, 2008

    (Service required. Printer parts are at the end of service life

  • charles-88 Aug 12, 2008

    Thanks for the info was very simple to remedy and I will replace the tube when it needs to be replaced.

    So glad that I did not have to replace the whole unit as it was working fine before the error message! Also good for the environment to keep things working - I wonder if Epson thought of that?

    Thanks again!

    Charles Andrews

  • selectimage Nov 01, 2008

    Printer stopped printing..service required

  • r leiba Nov 16, 2008

    error message -----------parts worn inside, requires a service

  • sandra351 Jan 13, 2009

    Error message the same - The parts inside your printer are at the end of their service life. Printer - Epson Stylus R300

  • geoffturbo Jan 20, 2009

    The parts inside your printer are at the end of their service life.

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    My epsom stylus photo r300 printer has just come up with on menu: ERROR SERVICE REQUIRED, PARTS INSIDE YOUR PRINTER ARE AT THE END OF THEIR SERVICE LIFE. SEE YOUR PRINTER'S DOCUMENTATION FOR DETAILS. My manual doesn't seem to help me and none of the buttons are working, how can I solve this, I have never had a problem before.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    printing stopped. code popped up. unable to print



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Thjis is indication the Waste in collector pades need changing eventually.- but no now. you have plenty of warning
Reset Epson R300/200
press three buttons to reset the counters
The buttons are "STOP" "Maintenance" and "POWER"
or down load the epson utility and use the reset counter feature

The printer will sound like its going to blow up, but thats normal.

You can do this about 5 times before your printer starts to piss out ink over the table because the Waste Ink Ink Pad is full

To avoid eventual flooding go to rear of the machine- remove the little door and rake around for a small plastic pipe buried under some padding under the left side.
Fix to this a thin piece of ploythene tube[Fish tank air supply], extend it to our side the machine and place in a suitable container to collect the waste ink..

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My r300 keeps coming up general error see your printer documentation for info about clearing the error

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Good advice from jackboy. found that you need to keep the 3 buttons pressed down for about 10secs until a message comes up, then turn printer off and on again and all is sorted!!
TY Jackboy!

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Picks 2 or more papers at a time

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I was printing along when i heard ping and a message came up saying Error go to printer documents to clear problems

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SOURCE: service required printer parts are at end of life...

your printer porous pad need to be replaced.. and the waste ink counter need to be reset...

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