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asked Jan 12, 2004 at 11:29am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

epson 600 power light blinking

i had to reinstall all of my software now
the power button on my epson stylus 600 will not stop flashing and an error message keeps telling me to check the connection

M: If only the Power Light/Led is flashing and no other lights are flashing or on solid, that normally indicates that DATA is being or trying to be transmitted from your Computer System to your Printer. I doubt that there is any actual problem in your printer, especially if it was previously working ok. My guess would be that something went wrong when you had to reinstall all of your software and now your computer is not properly communicating with your printer. Its possible that some of the settings in your computer or the software you are trying to print from, are off and not allowing proper data transmission...HOW TO RUN A "STAND ALONE PRINTER TEST": Remove the printer cable from your printer, turn your printer off for about 10 seconds and then back on to clear out any previous data that may have been in your printers system, from when it was connected to your computer. With paper loaded as normal, reach over and turn the printer back on. The printer should come on and go to a normal Ready Condition, with no Error Lights on. If you get an Error Light on, then you know you have a problem in your printer. If there are no Error Lights on, then you want to run your printers "Internal Epson Self-Test Page", directly from the printer itself. As not all Epson Printers are always the same, you should refer to your User's Manual/Owners Manual for the correct procedure on how to run your printers Self-Test Page. Normally [on most models] you simply reach over and hold-in on the Paper Button, while you reach over and turn the Power Button back on, as normal. Continue to hold in on the paper button for about 3 to 5 seconds, but release the power button after turning your printer on. Release the paper button once you can hear and see the printer starting to initialize and start to pull-in a piece of paper. The printer will print out an Internal Epson Self-Test Copy, which will also have a "Nozzle Test" on it...AS A GENERAL RULE: If the self-test page prints out correctly, then usually your printer is working normally. This does not mean your printer may not be dirty, or have another service related problem, or even bad cartridges. It just means the printer is basically working normally as far as the internal tests go. If your printer is working ok, then your problem could be in your Computer System/PC: bad drivers, bad printer cable, bad software, incorrect internal PC settings, possible hardware problems [parts problems], etc. I'm sorry, but I don't really work on Computer Systems/PC's, so I can't help you with those type problems. Remember that this is actually a Printer Repair Site and you may need help from a Computer Technician, rather than a Printer Technician...If the self-test does not print out normally, then you can assume the problem is in your printer. Usually that would be a problem in the "Logic Board/Main Board Assembly" and unfortunatly, that is not normally economical to replace. You can usually buy a new printer cheaper, then having your old printer repaired...The only other thing you could do is connect your printer to a different Computer System [like a friends], load Printer Drivers, connect your Printer Cable and try running a few test copies from the second Computer System. If your printer prints out ok, then you can assume that the problem is in your Computer System. If the same problem happens on a different Computer System, then at least you would know that its probably a problem in your printer...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jan 12, 2004 at 6:03pm Add comment