Epson C66 printer problems

  palinka 18:33 03 Jun 2008

Neighbour has the above printer but uses it very little - therefore usual problem : it blocks up and won't print at all, even when the one cartridge that was empty has been replaced.

Neighbour is on the verge of buying a new printer but I've read threads here and elsewhere about draining the used ink, cleaning the ink pads, etc , etc and I'm keen to give it a go....but I don't know where to start on opening up the printer. There seem to be no screws,only several places where there is a little arrow (>)pointing to what MAY be a slot.
Can someone please explain how to get inside the C66.

  Technotiger 18:47 03 Jun 2008

IMHO you would be wasting your time - and probably spending a small fortune on Soap! New printers are so cheap these days, it just doesn't seem worth while going through all the bother of unblocking, and still no certainty of success.

  Technotiger 18:50 03 Jun 2008

Anyway, if you are set on doing it, the small arrows normally point to the screw (or clip) locations - but I have not taken one apart myself, at least not a C66.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:51 03 Jun 2008

Problems with my Epson C40UX printer, the red and green light began flashing and a window popped up, saying, take it to your services center because some parts have reached the end of their life.

Printer companies set a “protection counter” on all printers , it’s an internal counter measuring the amount of ink wasted by head cleaning.

Reset the "protection counter" as well as clean the “waste ink pad overflow”.

1. Unplug the power and USB cables from the printer. Pry open the C40UX printer, careful not to break anything. Use a flat blade screwdriver to pry it apart; there are two-three tabs at the back and two at the front. Gently push them in, and then using a bit of force pry apart the cover.

2. Next remove the two (2) waste ink pads. They are located at the back on the left hand side. I used the flat blade screwdriver to lift up the ink pads (they were soaked). Please use rubber gloves as it gets very messy.

3. Next wash them with just plain hot water until they are white again. I just let the hot water run on them (the pads are about three inches long).

4. Once washed dry them using a hair drier. (you could place it the sun for a few hours or on top of your heater or maybe in a heated oven; (make sure you do not set it on fire with too much heat).

5. Once dried place the pads back in the ink waste bin at the back of the printer.

6. Closed the printer cover and put back all the pieces and plug in the USB & power cable and turned it on. (Yes the lights are still flashing).

7. Go to this link and download this software: click here

8. Install the software and run it.

9. Select your printer and model number ( It only says C40 there is no UX, choose it anyway). It will ask if you replaced with new pads; say “YES”. Then close the window.

10. Now right click on the SSC service utility, it looks like a printer icon near your clock in the task bar.

11. Then click on reset counters. You can do all other stuff with this utility too.

12. Turn off the printer power and then turn it on again. If necessary un-plug the power cord from the back of the printer, wait 20 seconds. Plug it back in.


click here

  palinka 16:14 10 Jun 2008

thanks, Fruit Bat /\0/\, and Technotiger. I decided I had better things to do with my time - and neighbour was dead set on buying new; but guess what : she's bought another Epson (D92);£39 from same local shop as before "because if it goes wrong they will fix it"!
One of the staff delivered it and set it up for her; found it didn't work so brought another which is OK. Apparently he said it would last "2 years". How's that for the throw-away society!

She can go for days - even weeks - without using the printer so I've suggested that to help avoid it drying up she should use it daily for a small bit of printing (eg her name repeated down a page in different colours)and at lowest quality print-out.

  BT 16:41 10 Jun 2008

Epson D92 only £29 in Tesco.

  palinka 17:33 10 Jun 2008

we don't have a Tesco within 20 miles, but thanks for the info BT.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

WPA2 hack: How secure is your Wi-Fi?

Microsoft Surface Book 2 hands-on review – bigger and 5x faster

Best kids apps for iPhone & iPad

Que faire si son iPhone ou iPad est tombé dans de l'eau ?