Help Epson 1280 - Flashing lights

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Jean Lafontaine Regular Member • Posts: 380
Help Epson 1280 - Flashing lights

Hi,

Since yesterday, I can't print anymore as as soon I turn on the printer the green and red lights start flashing on after the other. In the manual, it says one of the cartridge is out of ink but when I press the yellow button to move the cartridges to the maintenance bay, nothing happen.

Any idea what can be wrong ? Thanks,
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Jean L.

EJS Veteran Member • Posts: 3,778
Re: Help Epson 1280 - Flashing lights

You can move the head to the left manually by tripping the white plastic lever under the middle of the head when it's in the parked position.

Scott Weierich Senior Member • Posts: 2,100
Re: Help Epson 1280 - Flashing lights

Maybe the print carriage lid is not snapped all the way down in place and is catching on the housing?

Jean Lafontaine wrote:

Hi,

Since yesterday, I can't print anymore as as soon I turn on the
printer the green and red lights start flashing on after the other.
In the manual, it says one of the cartridge is out of ink but when
I press the yellow button to move the cartridges to the maintenance
bay, nothing happen.

Any idea what can be wrong ? Thanks,
--
Jean L.

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Scott Weierich
Derby, Kansas

Jean Lafontaine OP Regular Member • Posts: 380
Re: Help Epson 1280 - Flashing lights

Thanks for your suggestions.....tried that and what Epson suggested to do (disconnect the USB cable and power on the printer) but to no avail. I guess it's not worth repairing (4-5 years old) and it's time for an R1800.

Thanks again....

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Jean L.

John Houghton Contributing Member • Posts: 579
Ink waste pads full

I believe that the flashing lights indicate that the ink waste pads need servicing. These are sponges at the bottom of the printer that mop up surplus ink when heads are cleaned etc. The amount of ink is not physically measured: there is an electronic counter that has reached the "full" state, and while you should in theory take your printer to a service centre for servicing, it is possible to reset the counter and carry on printing. There's probably little risk of ink overflowing, but it depends on how much printing you do. I reset mine two years ago and have had no problems, but I'm a light printer.

If you decide to reset the counter, this is how to do it:

1. Switch off printer with panel switch
2. Switch off printer at mains switch - leave off for 20+ seconds
3. Hold down roll feed and sheet feed buttons
4. Switch on at mains
5. Switch on at printer panel
6. Continue to hold down roll and sheet feed buttons until both green
and red lights come on together, not alternately
7. Switch printer off and then, after a few seconds, on again at mains
switch
8. When red and green lights are both on, release the roll and sheet
feed buttons
9. Press and hold down the ROLL FEED button (the one at the extreme
left) and keep it down until the machine finishes whirring, cleaning etc
and the green light comes on steady.
10. Release the roll feed button and all should be well.

John

Jean Lafontaine OP Regular Member • Posts: 380
Re: Ink waste pads full

Thanks, I will try this tonight and let you know if it worked.

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Jean L.

Jean Lafontaine OP Regular Member • Posts: 380
Re: Ink waste pads full - Thanks !!!

Thank you very much !!!

I'm able to print again....you saved me a bundle as I was about to buy a R1800. I do not know you but you made my day....I wish you the best for the holiday season....Thanks again

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Jean L.

csidd Contributing Member • Posts: 647
Re: Ink waste pads full

John,

That is good info to know. Thanks. As a 1280 user I'm sure it will come in handy down the road.
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csidd

Maria Holmes Senior Member • Posts: 1,238
ditto. thanks for the information (n/t)

Maria H.

John Houghton Contributing Member • Posts: 579
Re: Ink waste pads full

Some people wash the ink pads and replace them themselves. I haven't seen any detailed instructions for doing this but you can get a service manual from http://www.2manuals.com for about $10.

John

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