asked Dec 4, 2003 at 1:02pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson Stylus Color 600

When pressing the right sequence of panel buttons, the ink cartridges should move to a position where they can be replaced. Instead the printer goes through a complete head cleaning procedure. Please help! thanks, Jack C.
Jack: On the older models of Epson Ink Jet Printers, you cannot replace the ink cartridges unless the printer is in an Add Ink Error Condition. That occurs when the red ink error light is either Blinking/Flashing or on Solid. At any other time, pushing the ink button will only perform the Printhead Cleaning Cycle. The only way you can install new ink cartridges correctly, is by tricking your printer. Check your e-mail for that information, that I am sending you, in case you want to do it...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Dec 4, 2003 at 1:29pm Add comment
Press and hold the paper load button for at least three seconds. The print head carriage will then move to the ink cartridge change position. Replace the ink(s). Press the cleaning button.
by unknown on Dec 4, 2003 at 1:51pm Add comment
Jack: If that works, just be sure that your printer goes thru New Cartridge Initialization and that your ink levels show up as full cartridges on the Status Monitor...Palweng: Thanks for the additional information, that I was not aware of...Denny
by Denny Conway on Dec 4, 2003 at 3:11pm Add comment
Since upgrading my OS to Windows XP Home (from (Win 98SE), I have lost the status monitor function in my Epson Stylus Color 600 printer.

Does anyone know if there is any way of restoring this


by unknown on Jan 1, 2004 at 8:16am Add comment
You can try the the NT drivers from Epson but I don't think that has the status monitor included with it. The SSC service utility has most of the functions as the staus monitor has. You can download it here http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html

I hope this info helps you.

by unknown on Jan 1, 2004 at 5:44pm Add comment
Thanks Wes

Looking at the link for the SSC service utility, it appears as if this is mainly an ink management system. Do you know if it gives other information (e.g. like the number of pages to print and a print timer count down, like the status monitor does)?

Your prompt reply was much appreciated

by unknown on Jan 2, 2004 at 3:12am Add comment
As an addendum to the previous posting, I have come across a Windows 2000 driver on the net for the Epson Stylus Color 600.

Does anyone know if this will provide me with the fix I am looking for?

by unknown on Jan 2, 2004 at 3:30am Add comment
I have the Wpson Sytlus 600. My husband stored it in the basement with the ink cartriges in it. I got the printer out and bought new ones, installed them and nothing prints. Also, there is a plastic white "thing" popping up in the right hand corner. Can you help me.
by unknown on Jan 2, 2004 at 4:10am Add comment
Rhonda: That white plastic lever, is a locking lever, which locks the Printhead Assembly/Print Cartridge Holder Assembly over the felt pad assembly [Cap Assembly], to help keep it moist and protected, when the printer is not being used...The problem is not that lever, but that your "husband stored it in the basement with the ink cartriges in it". Depending on how long the printer was not used, will determine if it can possibly be saved or not. New ink cartridges won't help, because its not the old cartridges, rather the Printhead Assembly and Printhead Nozzles that the cartridges set into are probably CLOGGED. Epson Printers need to be used often [about once a month] to keep the ink in the nozzles fresh. When the printer is not used for a month or two the ink in the nozzles starts drying out and normally turns into a clog. After a few months of non use, that clog can turn into a hard rock. After 6 months to a year, your chances of dissolving that clog are slim. The longer that clog is in, the worse it can be on the nozzles and sometimes you cannot get that clog to actually dissolve. Sometimes that clog can even cause damage, especially if you were using Non-Epson Ink or Ink Cartridges in your printer. One individual printhead nozzle is so tiny, that it will not accept a human hair, so you can see why they can get clogged so easily, or even why the nozzles can be so easily damaged. At this point, all you can really do, is try to dissolve the clog from the inside of the printhead assembly, with a Printhead Cleaning Kit. You might want to try using the Printhead Cleaning Kit, available through the home page on "fixyourownprinter.com", for around $10.00 plus shipping. It includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution, which is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you were using Epson inks. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the printhead nozzles to open up again. Check for an e-mail from me, with some other information...If you want to see what's involved in print head cleaning, Wes has supplied a link that might help: " http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/printhead.html "...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 2, 2004 at 9:23am Add comment