asked Aug 1, 2004 at 10:19pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

Epson lights flashing

Hi, I have an Epson Stylus colour 600 and all of a sudden all the lights are flashing when I try to turn it on.

Ive looked through the archives and am wondering if its the waste ink pad, if so, how do I get into this to change it?

Any help appreciated.
Jaime: A Service Error where all LED's/Lights are blinking at the same time, is normally a Maintenance Request Error. The maintenance request error is actually a Waste Ink Ink Pad Error and normally your remedy is to replace the Waste Ink Pad/Pads with a new one/ones and then reset the Internal Waste Ink Pad Counter. 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. Some people actually wash the ink out of the old pads, by holding them under running cold water, then dry them out and simply reinstall them back into their printer. The choice on what to actually do, is yours to make. I would at least recommend getting that Waste Ink Counter reset procedure and performing it first, to make sure your printer will then work...THIS ADDITIONAL INFO POSTED BY "WES", MIGHT ALSO BE OF SOME HELP: Wes 12/07/2003 13:57:30 To see what's involved in servicing the waste ink pads try this http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/wip.html [OR] Tim H 12/10/2003 2:46:24 Subject: Epson Reset Program Download Location. after a long search for a reset program for waste ink, without paying, i found it. goto: http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/sscserve.exe . please check that your printer is compatible goto: http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/epsonSSC.html . this program has other features as well. TECH NOTE: Unfortunatly, the SSC Service Utility does not work on all Epson Printers and not on all Operating Systems, so you will have to check it out first...You will have to check on your particular Epson Printer Model, but you may be able to actually get that adjustment program for free, from www.resetters.com . I have never tried that source myself, but it was recommended by "WES"...Just in case the other sources do not work: You may actually need to go on-line to try and locate a "SERVICE MANUAL" or a "RESET PROCEDURE", to buy and download for reference in disassembly, troubleshooting and servicing. I have not checked, but you can normally find Service Manuals and or Service Adjustment Programs/Resets for most Epson Printers, from 2manuals.com, at http://www.2manuals.com/index.php?cPath=2_18 (most Service Manuals can usually be downloaded for around $10 /- )...There is an "Epson Stylus 400,440,640,660,740 Printer Page", that is available to view, at http://epsonhelp.freehttp.com/440.html . I hope it helps...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 2, 2004 at 5:32pm Add comment
Thanks Denny...youre quite right, the ink pads were absolutely soaked.

Heres hoping I can do the reset procedure right. :o)

Thanks for your help.
by Jaime on Aug 3, 2004 at 9:01pm Add comment
Jamie: You're welcome and let us know how it finally turns out...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 4, 2004 at 1:52pm Add comment

Do you know if the SSC Service Utility is available for Macintosh?
by unknown on Aug 10, 2004 at 11:41am Add comment

Do you know if the SSC Service Utility is available for Macintosh?
by unknown on Aug 10, 2004 at 11:52am Add comment
Cynthia: I'm sorry, but it only works on some Windows Operating Systems. There is another source that people have been using with success, but you will have to check on your particular Epson Printer Model to see if its actually listed and also check to see if it will work on your Mac System. I'm sorry, but I have never tried that source myself and have not heard if it can actually work on a Mac System or not. That other source is www.resetters.com and it was recommended by "WES", off this Printer Repair Site. If it also does not work on Mac, then you may have to try and locate a Service Manual, or the actual Reset Procedure, to buy and download on-line, to use on your printer. You did not mention just what your printers actual problem was, but I'm guessing that you need to clear your printers WASTE INK COUNTER. You also did not tell us your printers actual model, but if you live in the USA, then you may be able to get that Reset Procedure or Service Manual, from "2manuals.com"...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 10, 2004 at 1:01pm Add comment
I have done the ink pads and installed that sscserve program and reset the ink counter through it.
Thats as far as its got.

Now my flashing lights have changed...I have the power and paper light flashing, and both the colour lights on. Ive tried a couple of resets that Ive found to no avail. The printer will also start and try to feed a bit of paper through then stop and flash.

Any ideas please?
by unknown on Aug 13, 2004 at 10:17pm Add comment
I've got the same problem with my 440 but accompanied by a horrible noise like something's trying to engage but it's not happenning. Noise goes for about a half a second.
by Pete on Aug 15, 2004 at 5:27am Add comment
Jaime: That combination of Service Error Lights/Leds indicates a FATAL ERROR CONDITION. I'm sorry, but just as it sounds, that is the worse possible error on your printer. If you have not already done so, then you may need to try and locate a Service Manual on-line [see previous reply], that you could download for in-depth troubleshooting, disassembly and servicing, if you want to try and locate your possible problem. There are approximatly 10 different things that can cause a FATAL ERROR and most of them involve HARDWARE PROBLEMS [bad/defective/failing electrical parts] in the "carriage assembly" or "paper feed assembly". You would normally know if you have been having any paper feed problems [jams, misfeeds, crooked feeding copies, etc]. You would also normally know if your printer was having any unusual or strange GRINDING NOISES or RATCHETING NOISES, that may indicate a DIRTY or DRY CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY. If your not sure about possible carriage problems, or just to eliminate that area, you might want to clean and lubricate that assembly. You need to eliminate possible problems and the carriage assembly is one of the biggest and most common problem areas, that cause that Fatal Error Condition. I will e-mail you some additional information on cleaning that carriage assembly, just in case you want to do it...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 16, 2004 at 9:46am Add comment
Pete: Although it's possible your printer has an electronic or mechanical failure, the most common problem is that the Carriage Assembly is simply DIRTY and or DRY, causing it to stick and make noises. That usually results in the printer loosing track of just where the Print Cartridge Holder Assembly is actually at and that can cause the Error Light/Led to come on. Sometimes when the printer looses track of where that assembly is at, it then keeps telling that assembly to keep moving and can even cause it to slam into the end of the printer. Try wiping off all around the round metal carriage bar or shaft [that the Print Cartridge Holder assembly moves back-n-forth on], with a lint free cloth. Also clean the outside of the metal bushings with Q-Tips, that the carriage bar passes thru, on both sides of the cartridge holder assembly. You can also use alcohol on the cloth, if there is a lot of build-up on the carriage shaft/bar. Then lube the metal bar on both sides of the holder assembly, slightly with a precision oiler, not a spray lubrication. A drop or two of a Teflon based lubrication or Tri-Flo lube is best. Manually slide the holder assembly back and forth to spread out the lubrication and wipe of any excess lube or blackish build-up that appears on the bar. Look for an e-mail message from me with more in-depth information, that might help you in that area. You can check out this link, supplied by WES, to see different lubrications: http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/oil.html ...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Aug 16, 2004 at 9:48am Add comment