[ILUG] Epson `Parts ... require maintenance or replacement'?
arbadruada at eircom.net
Tue Apr 13 21:58:33 IST 2004
The company I work for service printers (mainly HP but including epsons). I have come across this problem with HP printers and it requires a good amount of work to fix. The pads you are talking about are located in the capping station in the right hand side of the printer. Getting them out involves stripping the printer almost completely. Generally new pads are not requires, remove excess ink and soak over night in an alcohol cleaning solution (iso-propanol?) You could try it yourself but printers are notoriously hard to take apart. Best of luck!
From: Brian Foster [mailto:blf at utvinternet.ie]
Sent: 12 April 2004 19:21
To: Irish Linux Users Group
Subject: [ILUG] Epson `Parts ... require maintenance or replacement'?
at home, I use a cheapo bottom-ish of the range Epson
USB printer (a Stylus C20UX). after downloading Epson's
Linux software, and a few minor tweaks to their /etc/rc
script, it works fine, and has worked fine for >2 years.
yesterday, after printing one page of a document, it
stopped working. completely. the green power and red
"ink drops" light flash alternatively, and the Epson
software reported “Parts inside your printer require
maintenance or replacement. Contact your dealer.‟
blow that. it's almost a sure bet a "repair" would be
uneconomical given the age and low cost of the printer.
comrade Google™ fairly quickly located the _probable_
cause: the printer estimates the amount of ink which
does not adhere to the paper (e.g., lost during head
cleaning cycles) and when it thinks the "lost" ink has
filled up adsorbent pads (“waste ink pads‟) it shuts
down the printer. (without warning on older, and/or
low-end models!) presuming this is what happened ---
and it sounds completely plausible (IMHO) --- the fix
is to replace the waste ink pads and then magically
reset the printer.
it is possible to buy replacement waste ink pads over
the internet. however, neither Epson nor its dealers
will say how to replace the pads (albeit the hints are
that it is trivial), and --- more crucially --- will
also not say how to reset the printer.
I did find a pair of Russian sites offering what is
probably the same Freeware program to do magical things
to Epson printers, including reseting the printer.
however, it is a Windross `.exe', with no source nor
any technical notes available, and hence I simply will
_NOT_ run it no matter what. first, I don't have and
cannot install either DoS or Windross; and second, I
would never run an unknown `.exe' anyways (not even
via wine (e.g.)). so blow that.
one site does suggest a magic button press-and-release
sequence at power-up time, which I have _not_ yet tried.
( I need to print some documents, so I am inclined to
try a reset before dismantling the printer to try and
replace the waste ink pads (which I have not yet ordered
in any case). )
so, my questions:
① has anyone ever replaced said waste ink pads before
on any Epson inkjet printer? esp. on a C20 or the
apparently similar C40? if so, any hints &tc?
( and whilst I have the printer dismantled, is there
anything else I should do or check? i.e., some
“routine maintenance/cleaning‟ or something? )
② does anyone know how to magically reset any Epson
printer, esp. a C20 (or, I presume, a C40)?
either a magic button sequence; or software which
runs on Linux (and for which the source is available);
or at least notes on what needs to be done. (I'm an
embedded O/S engineer, and writing h/w-twiddling s/w
is what I do for a living; given something to go on,
I should be able to write what is needed quickly.)
the only Linux/GNU Epson s/w I know of is escputil(1),
and the version I have (4.0.5(?)) does not document any
ability to reset any Epson printer --- which is a bit
surprising, since apparently all(?) the inkjet models
have a similar “planned obsolescence‟.
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