asked Oct 31, 2003 at 2:29pm
Epson Epson LQ 850

Epson 850 hex dump

My Stylus 850 has been a wonderful machine. It runs RIP software, giving me Postscript 3, so I hate to toss it. But the color printhead stopped printing. I cleaned and cleaned with the button on the printer, but no luck. Then I used Epson cleaning fluid and the syringe. Finally got the red to print. And the magenta was starting to print. Then the 3 lights on the control panel went out. All I get now when I unplug the AC and plug it back in is is a printed message saying "hex dump."

I checked the waste ink sponges under the printhead. Not full, but I used a damp paper towel to soak up what I could from the sponges anyway.

Is the printer telling me the sponges are full because it recorded all the cleaning cycles I'ved gone through? If so, how do I reset the counter?

Epson service in this area was not very helpful. Just said,"Buy a new printer."
BOB: Any reset information would have to be gotten from a SERVICE MANUAL, if you can locate one to purchase...REGUARDING SERVICE MANUAL AVAILABILITY: I have not actually checked, but I have been told that service manuals are available from: "NATIONAL PARTS DEPOT" @ 1-800-524-8338; "VANCE BALDWIN ELECTRONICS" @ 1-800-432-8542; "ATLANTIC EXCHANGE" @ 1-888-327-2822; "COMPASS MICRO, INC." @ 1-800-388-8595...You may find it easier to actually go on-line and check out each of these dealers, JUST TO BE SURE...Good Luck! Denny Conway......P.S. HERE'S SOME INFORMATION POSTED FROM ANOTHER PERSON, THAT MAY HELP: Master 10/05/2002 03:22:56 Re: Epson stylus adjustment programs. You can find any service manual or service adjustment program for EPSON inkjet printers at ...OR... SUBJECT: SERVICE MANUALS & SERVICE PROGRAMS...POSTED ON "FIXYOUROWNPRINTER.COM" PRINTER REPAIR SITE... Eva 2/14/2003 23:31:11 Re: Epson Color Stylus Error Codes. See - they have all service manuals and service programs. Due to them I fixed the same error on me C20! They are friendly!
by Denny Conway on Nov 4, 2003 at 12:42pm Add comment
You might also try that freeware project (SSC Service Utility for Epson)from SSC localization group. Russian group...english available.

Read before jumping in. This SSC utility has been discussed on this site so a search here may be useful as well.
by Rudy on Nov 4, 2003 at 9:40pm Add comment