Recently I was asked to fix a printer which had stopped working over night and was displaying flashing maintenance lights. I was convinced that there was nothing wrong with the machine but during a quick call to Epson regarding the meaning of the flashing lights, was told that the parts inside were at the end of their lifetime. I found this quite hard to believe and was quite suspicious as to why the machine had just decided to self destruct over night.
It turns out that Epson printers have a lifetime counter inside them which is not directly related to the health of the machine, instead it is just a counter which ticks away until day X when it renders the machine unusable. I called an Epson support centre who virtually admitted this, but wanted to charge £45 to “clean and reset” the printer.
Fortunately I found a small utility called SSC Service Utility which can reset the printer lifetime counter and will also give you honest readings on your ink cartridges. Simply pick your printer from the extensive list, then right click the systray icon and choose to reset life counters. Hey Presto, the machine fired back into action and printed perfectly.