asked Apr 23, 2004 at 10:54pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

Epson Photo 1200 Error Lights

All three of the indicator lights on my Epson Stylus Photo 1200 just started blinking and the printer will not respond to anything. Anyone have any ideas as to what is wrong and if I can fix it myself. I just had the printer serviced about two months ago and really don't want to spend money on it again. Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
That is a maintenance request. Use the SSC service utility to reset the protection counter. You can download the utility from here http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html

I hope this helps you out.

by unknown on Apr 24, 2004 at 12:08am Add comment

Thanks for identifying what the lights mean. At least I know not to toss the printer yet. I downloaded the utility and it cannot communicate with the printer. The dialogue box from the SSC Utility says "Printer off or some other problem."

Any other thoughts on how to at least get the printer reset. Thanks

by unknown on Apr 26, 2004 at 10:21am Add comment
I have the same problem. It started from banging which I successfully cured by WD-40. NOw, after head cleaning procedure I have the same four (including green) lights blinking. Maintenance thus replacement of ink pad... But before I do this I want to check whether its worth it! Can anybody tell me what is the RIGHT procedure to reset internal counter?
How to make this printer operational again?
by unknown on May 28, 2004 at 1:14am Add comment
Javier & Wito: If you cannot get that SSC Utility to work, then you may have to try and locate a Service Manual on-line, that you can buy and download for reference and troubleshooting purposes. I have not checked, but you can normally find Service Manuals and or Service Adjustment Programs/Resets for most printers, at www.2manuals.com (most Service Manuals can usually be downloaded for around $10 /- ), or from http://www.user-service-manuals.com/epson-service-manuals.htm, or even from http://www.sm.copyprofi.net/index.htm [check prices of available Service Manuals]...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on May 28, 2004 at 10:18am Add comment
Hello Denny & Javier,
I am horribly sorry that searching thru internet all-kinds-of-d.i.y printer repair webpages I could not successfully trace rigth info on how to cure so called Maintenance Error on Epson 1200...
Now how it should be done:
- first, take care of possible cartridge banging by lubricating guiding rod, use WD-40 but preferably good silicone grease. DO NOT apply too much,
- second, switch off printer, press simultaneously paper feed and clean buttons,
- switch on printer, keep pressing above buttons until PAPER light start blinking then IMMEDIATELY
- press clean button and KEEP IT PRESSED until all THREE RED LIGHTS goes on
- release all buttons, that`s it. Printer initialises and returns to o.k. state.
Now, reverting to all mistaken seconds etc: - with 1200 Stylus you DO NOT WATCH your WATCH but just wait until ALL THREE LIGHTS goes on. Main reason why all guys have so much problems with resetting Epson 1200 is due to WRONG timing given in different "advices". That`s all, folks.
And DO NOT FORGET to clean waste ink pads. This is VERY SIMPLE though requires lot of water and time.
Just unscrew four screws attaching upper cover, then unscrew both side pannels (four screws), then two srews more (aside)... no need to explain it more as it is very simple.
This will save A LOT OF money. Anybody who wants to get more information on Epson SP 1200 (correct head cleaning, filter cleaning, cartridge assembly maintenance, calibration, CIS) are welcome.
by unknown on May 28, 2004 at 12:57pm Add comment
Most enlightening and to the point solution Wito Thank you! - unknown
I have the 1200 and the three red lights and green power light flashes. I've read you posting and it is a little confusing. There are only three buttons on my Epson 1200. One for the power,one for the paper and one for the ink. Can you clarify the process for me. thanks
david - Anonymous
You are a genious .. it worked.

I was about to deep six the unit and now its back to workung again!! - Anonymous
Thanks Wito and all the other guys that had input on the flashing error lights and how to reset the counter.
It worked a treat first time for me - plus I cleaned the pads and reused them. - Anonymous
After 3 hours of trying to figure out how to fix the 4 blinking lights your procedure worked perfict. THANKS - Anonymous
Even after 8 years of your post, I thank you for these useful insights that allowed me to reset my old A3 printer and continue printing lot of documents instead of throwing it away. - haniam
12-17-12 THANK YOU very much to Wito!! I spent a lot of last week trying to fix my printer by rebooting, hooking it up to other computers (that used to be able to control the printer, etc.), without any success. Glad I found this site/page and Wito's advice. I was able to fix my Epson Photo 1200 in a matter of minutes! I am so very grateful! -Karen
- KarenCurr
Again, the use of the SSC service utility to reset the protection counter does NOT work with standard Epson driver!!! DO not even bother about it.
Most functions are disabled. YOU MAY USE SSC Service Utility ONLY when your printer is in O.K. status, thus when you have blinking lights (above mentioned maintenance error) the SSC software will NOT help!
Hint: Most functions of SSC utility are enabled only when you use proprietary Windows driver (p.e. under Win XP for instance). Cheers!
by unknown on May 28, 2004 at 1:02pm Add comment
Anonymous: Remember that resetting that "Waste Ink Error" is only doing part of the actual job. If you just reset the counter and don't replace the pads, then your printers old pads will eventually overflow and normally start leaking ink out the bottom of your printer. You can see "Exploded Parts Diagrams" of most Epson Ink Jet Printers and can also check on possible parts ordering, by Compass Micro Inc, at http://www.compassmicro.com/parts_select.cfm . Some people actually wash the ink out of the old pads, by holding them under running cold water. Then they simply dry them out and reinstall them back into their printer. The choice on what to actually do, is yours to make...There is a free download of an "Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Service Manual", from fixyourownprinter.com, at http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/reference/manuals/public/epson . That manual may be of some help to you, in actual disassembly and servicing of those waste ink pads, if you want to perform that maintenance...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 9, 2005 at 4:52pm Add comment

I have tried the button sequencing but what is wrtten is a wee bit confusing

could some on eplease explain the sequence in better detail


by unknown on Mar 18, 2005 at 9:18am Add comment
After turning the power on while pressing Load/Eject and “Cleaning” switches, “Paper Out” indicator blinks for 3 seconds. By pressing the following switches during this period, following action is carried out:

Switch * Function
• Initialize EEPROM* and reset time IC.

Cleaning for 10 seconds)
• Reset the ink overflow counter in EEPROM.
by hoeger on Apr 1, 2005 at 7:45am Add comment
I tried all that was suggested and I am still having no luck. I can't even get it to load a piece of paper

Whats wrong?
by 10000nails on Oct 1, 2006 at 12:43pm Add comment
There is a comination of how to press several bottoms to reset the internal wasyed inkpad counter. If somebody likes to know, contact me: [email protected] - Anonymous

My Epson 1200 just started doing the same thing!

That is how I found myself in this forum.

Did you ever find out what caused all the lights to start flashing on your printer?

Where and Who does your Epson printer service.

I have not found anyone here in the Phoenix Metro area.

Please advise.

by unknown on Feb 20, 2007 at 9:57pm Add comment
Mine started flashing all three lights after a power outage. Any ideas on that?
by a2cre8 on Feb 28, 2007 at 7:00pm Add comment
Works a treat......long time to wash all the ink out of the pads...thanks for the info....printer back in action and works well
by unknown on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:54am Add comment
Thanks to Wito, Denny Conway and hoeger, etc. This is great information but...

I have a continuous ink feed system installed on my 1200. So the issue is how to open the puppy up to clean the ink pads without making a mess. Anyone have any suggestions.
by quint0nio on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:10am Add comment
Cheers. It worked.
by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2009 at 7:29am Add comment