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Hi,

This one has been bugging me for a time...my Epson Color Sylus 800 won't let me change Ink cartridge manually.

The printer is "so clever" that you can't manually select change ink unless the printer "thinks" that it needs it (i.e. the ink replacement light flashes).

However, I how do you change the ink if it does need to be changed?

There is no software solution in the driver. Some drivers I have seen allow you to change the ink via software, but not with the latest driver from Epson.

So, the question is...does anyone know of a software solution out there that can do this?

Or, is there a combination of hardware (pressing buttons in some weird fashion) that will force an ink replacement.

Of course, the printer is so clever that it hides the ink wells when the power is Off.

Thanks
Mark

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by:m-coon
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You might try this - I had to do this on another printer that had a similar problem. While the printer is printing - power it down! If you time it just right - you will be able to have access to the cartridge. If the printer still returns the print head to the side under these conditions - try powering it down under every different printer function you can think of until you find one that keeps it in the center. I would never recommend forcing the print head - but you might want to lay a finger on the carrage to see if there is any "slippage" that might be to your benefit as it is returning to the rest spot to the side. Good luck - please post your results...
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Here is the procedure for a cartridge install - Install Cartridge -  Pause and then press ALT + Pause, (carriage
should move to the ink replacement position), install cartridge,
press ALT to charge ink delivery, Pause should flash, after flashing
stops, the printer is online and ready to print.
It was copied from http://files.support.epson.com/txt/sty8__/sty8__f1.txt
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by:mahacker
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Thanks Slink9,

The actual printer is the Colour Stylus 800, but finding the support site for Epson was enough to fix this!

For those interested, the actual answer is in their FAQ:

http://files.support.epson.com/txt/sc800_/sc800_f1.txt

If
neither of the ink out lights are solid or flashing, then hold down
both the black and color cleaning buttons at the same time until the
print heads move to the left, and then, if you are installing a
color ink cartridge, press the color cleaning button one time. If
you are installing a black ink cartridge, no additional buttons need
to be pressed. The print heads will have moved slightly to the left
and the power light will be flashing at this point
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