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I am having trouble changing the cartridge on the printer. The

I am having trouble changing the cartridge on the printer. It makes no difference to the operation. I usually only print in black. I have changed the cartridge; I continue to have the problem. The ink light stays red. The printer doesn't grab paper and run it through. Sometimes the maintenance button flashes at the same speed the ink light flashes. I have never had a problem with this printer.

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    I do not have a C88, pls clarify if that Epson has color cartridges? You said you only print in black. Also, are you using generic or genuine...



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Im so sorry for the inconvineince that your having on this printer but let me help you.
if :
Red I am having trouble changing the cartridge on the  - paper.jpg paperI am having trouble changing the cartridge on the - inkout1.jpgmg src="/uploads/images/inkout1.jpg" alt="inkoI am having trouble changing the cartridge on the - power.jpgclass="h_mi" /> ink light flash alternately and green power.jpg power light is off possible problem: Paper may be blocking movement of the print head. Turn off the printer, then open the cover and remove any jammed paper or other foreign objects. Turn the pI am having trouble changing the cartridge on the - power.jpgck on again. If the lights are sI am having trouble changing the cartridge on the - paper.jpgthat means the printI am having trouble changing the cartridge on the - inkout1.jpgg a hardware issue if: Green power.jpg power light is off; red paper.jpg paper and inkout1.jpg ink lights flash (quickly) possible problem: The printer may have an internal error. Turn off the printer, wait a few seconds, and turn it on again. If the lights are still flashing , that means the printer is having a hardware issue

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