asked Jun 18, 2009 at 7:17pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo R280

Epson Stylus Photo R280 - Head Parked Position

Hi Folks, I got my Epson R280 because it prints on CDs/DVDs. I didn't have much luck using a Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) because the head banged back & forth and no matter how I adjusted the CISS, the printhead always ended up misaligned when printing CDs & DVDs and banged back and forth until I took the CISS out and put the Epson cartridges back in.
But then I found a non-OEM ink tank which was less expensive. I was having good luck with those until the last couple that I put in. After installing two ink tanks this last time, when I started up the printer I got an error that said: "Internal parts need servicing according to the documentation." I couldn't find anything in the manual that said anything about servicing parts or having to send the printer back to Epson, so I called Epson Tech Support. They told me to send it back for a warranty repair or exchange. The problem is, I have the non-OEM ink tanks in the printer. There is no response when I turn the power on - the printer is dead! The error lights blink in turn, alternating one after the other back and forth. So I can't get the print head to move into the "load cartridge" position. Does anyone know of a way to manually get the print head in the "load cartridge" position? I would like to see if putting Epson ink cartridges back in will fix my problem, which is what I suspect. I think I will only use genuine EPSON ink cartridges from now on!
Thanks, David (dov)
tha machine has a print counter. when it decides you have made enough prints, the driver pops up the "service bulletin" new cartridges will not solve. Hacking the software will but I do not know the hack.
by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:48am Add comment
Hi Anonymous,

Thank you also for your reply as well.

David (dov) - dov
The waste pads are full. Search for the SSC utility to reset the counter then either clean or replace the waste ink pads.

by unknown on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:55am Add comment
Hi Paul,

Thank you so much for your reply.

I was able to track down the Epson Ink Pad Reset Utility for the R280 ( and download it, but I haven't run it yet.

I had to put my Serial Number in (so it must be dependent on the manufacturing date of my printer - maybe even a warranty issue!) and I was sent a link to download the Utility ( plus the Activation Key for the Epson Ink Pad Reset Utility.

So, thank you for the information.

David (Dov)

- dov
I did everything like the above, but it give me an error message when I try to download the utility. Suggestions?
by unknown on Oct 2, 2011 at 2:46pm Add comment