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asked Feb 16, 2008 at 3:07pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo R300

Epson Stylus Photo R300

Before my Epson Stylus Photo R300 quit,I was getting error messages "Service required. Parts are at end of service life". What do I need to repair this printer? Thanks for your help.
Wow! I've been looking for answers while I've been waiting, and guess what? Back on 10/29/05, a fella named Barrie Davis had the same problem, which was answered by a fella named Peter on 10/29/05. I followed Peter's suggestions, and my printer is working again. So, thanks for this forum and thanks to Barrie and Peter for showing me the way. Dennis
by unknown on Feb 16, 2008 at 4:47pm Add comment
Hi Dennis I have the same problem that you had with the error "Service required", can you tell me what you did to solve the problem please?
Sally. - Sally Robertson
No error message - cleaning doesn't change anything - will not print.... will cleaning kit work?
by mjhaider on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:31pm Add comment
I have moved the print head by hand and it has caused the error message on my epson stylus R300. Can anybody help? I tried pressing the three buttons but to no avail.
by daledale on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:05am Add comment
Turn off the printer. Then hold down 3 buttons simultanelously for 5+ seconds and the printer will come on and reset itself. The 3 buttons are either the power, low ink, and stop button, or the power, OK, and stop button. I do not recall exactly, but one of those combinations will reset the printer!! Dennis PS If you go back through the messages to 1995, you'll find the one that I used to help me. Good luck!
by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2008 at 9:35am Add comment
Hi,We have always used an XD card in our stylus R3000 printer,but now trying o use a 2Gb SD Card,but the printer will not accept it,the light flickers but it will not connect,any advice please Thanks Sue
by unknown on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:40am Add comment
Hi,We have always used an XD card in our stylus R300 printer,but now trying o use a 2Gb SD Card,but the printer will not accept it,the light flickers but it will not connect,any advice please Thanks Sue
by unknown on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:43am Add comment
service required parts inside your printer are at the end of their service life.see your printer documentation for details
by Anonymous on May 13, 2008 at 2:34am Add comment
Hi, Sally

Probably a little late - but maybe this will help others.
Switch off printer, hold down 'Power' 'Maintenance' and 'Stop' buttons simultaneously for between 5 and 10 secs and the printer will switch itself on and reset itself. There may be a grinding noise - but this is normal. Switch off and switch on again, and hey, presto! :-)

The reason for the 'service' message is that Epson apparently program a counter into the printer, and when a certain number of prints have been completed (or a certain time has passed)the printer flashes up this message and wants you to book an Epson service.

I've been told that this is an 'evil ploy' by Epson to generate revenue - but I wouldn't DREAM of suggesting that! :-)

All I know is that I have reset my own R300 three times, and it's still going strong.
by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2008 at 9:38am Add comment
No evil ploy. The waste ink has to go somewhere. And where it ends up in a absorber pad. Without the protection counter ink will start to leak out of the printer. Without the protection counter you would have the waste ink flowing from the printer.
by unknown on Jul 15, 2008 at 9:46am Add comment
The cleaning kit usually does the job. But if there is a bad component like the print head or main board failure then the kit will do no good.
by unknown on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:57pm Add comment
My Epson R300 dos not print,I get a message (service required), Parts at end of service life,How can I repair this printer? Regards Mike
by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2008 at 9:41am Add comment
the printer firmware will stop the printer from working (“Ink Waste Pad is Full” or "Service Required, Printer Parts are at the end of service life"error) and you will have to take your printer to a service center to have the Waste ink pads replaced and the counter reset to zero. This will cost from $50 - $300. (depending on model)


check on ebay for under $14.00 External waste ink tank and reset.

search eBay "Epson Waste Ink Tank" easy to put in and guy is great for support
by unknown on Aug 31, 2008 at 7:30am Add comment
Power low ink and stop cleared the error message which stated service required, parts in printer have reached the end of their life.
by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2008 at 1:09pm Add comment
You absolute BEAUTY! There was me thinking my printer was doomed and hey presto! Thank you.
by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2009 at 2:48pm Add comment
I have done the above steps holding down the 3 buttons to reset the printer which seems to have cleared the message - unfortunately I am now unable to comunicate with the printer from computer - have tried a different computer too - almost as if usb coms have been turned off in the printer - can anyone help?
Thanks
by unknown on Mar 12, 2009 at 1:07pm Add comment
done a clean up ie nozzle check and head cleaning all colours are spot on but cant get the black working. i use continueous flow bulk ink. can anyone help please.
by unknown on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:32am Add comment
THANKYOUUU!!!! I WAS ON THE VERGE OF SMASHING MINE! the combination is the power, low ink and stop buttons :)
by unknown on Sep 15, 2009 at 1:03pm Add comment
Can anybody help me? On my printer it says "general error see your printer documentation for information about clearing the error". I would love if I could find the documentation but I cant. I have tried holding down the three buttons but to no avail. Please help.
by daledale on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:20pm Add comment
Thanks for the help philly but is there a quicker solution like pressing three buttons? This printer is getting me quite mad!!
by daledale on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:57am Add comment
will not feed the paper having to do iot manual.
any ideas please
by unknown on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:13pm Add comment
Has anyone actually removed the waste ink pad and cleaned it and if so could you advise how to please. Also if it has made any difference without using the reset or if you have to reset it when you have cleaned the pad?
many thanks
by John Welch on Nov 17, 2009 at 8:24am Add comment
You should perform the reset when you clean the pads.
by philly5706 on Nov 18, 2009 at 4:12pm Add comment
brilliant reply. it fixed my problem many thanks +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 1:58am Add comment
you wouldn't want a faint heart when you press the 3 butons!
by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 12:11pm Add comment
its power ok ans stop
by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 4:43pm Add comment
I followed these instructions from an earlier post and they worked perfectly. The slight gringing sound was not slight at all and the thing sounded like it was self destructing but it didn't last long and it worked out.

Hi, Sally

Probably a little late - but maybe this will help others.
Switch off printer, hold down 'Power' 'Maintenance' and 'Stop' buttons simultaneously for between 5 and 10 secs and the printer will switch itself on and reset itself. There may be a grinding noise - but this is normal. Switch off and switch on again, and hey, presto! :-)

The reason for the 'service' message is that Epson apparently program a counter into the printer, and when a certain number of prints have been completed (or a certain time has passed)the printer flashes up this message and wants you to book an Epson service.

I've been told that this is an 'evil ploy' by Epson to generate revenue - but I wouldn't DREAM of suggesting that! :-)

All I know is that I have reset my own R300 three times, and it's still going strong.

by unknown on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:22pm Add comment
I tried everything from cleaning the head and the noozle thing. Holding down the three keys. It's not printing. Nothing. It hummed away with just a blank sheet. Really need help.
by unknown on Aug 25, 2011 at 8:01pm Add comment
C-C good, sounds like you are experiencing ink starvation. If you put water on the cap assembly pad and run a cleaning cycle you can determine whether there is a pump problem. The cap assembly is on the right side of the printer where the carriage comes to rest. Power on the printer and pull the plug when it starts to go through its initialization process. You should be able to move the carriage to the left, exposing the pad. Puddle water on the pad, move the carriage to its home position, turn printer on and run cleaning cycle. Following the cycle go through the above steps to see whether the water has been sucked away. If not, you have a pump or tubing problem. Hope this helps.
by unknown on Aug 29, 2011 at 6:00pm Add comment
Please can anyone help!
I'm new here and I have the Epson stylus photo R300, I don't know if this is driver problem, a printer problem, or another problem, but I've created a printing test page(http://www.articlewritingtools.com/cpn.php) that each time when I try to print it directly from my browser (IE 9) goes out with the wrong font...never seen this before! The font on the screen is totally different from the output printed font. I tried updating my driver, but it didn’t help. I have no idea how to handle this problem.
by ManfredHami on Sep 1, 2011 at 5:27am Add comment
WOW! Thanks guys! I have had an old R300 on a shelf for two years wondering when I was going to throw it away!!! I had to use two processes - the Pwr, Maint. Stop reset the ink counter. I cleaned the ink blotter. Then I got a general error which was cleared by PW, Low Ink, Stop. Ted
by Ted S on Nov 8, 2011 at 4:20am Add comment
I purchased secondary market, refillable, clear cartridges for my R300s. They have been great, until I downloaded a "counter reset utility". Now both my R300s post the message, "Ink Cartridges cannot be recognized". Epson probably put this utility on the web. Anyone else download a utility like this?
by unknown on Nov 21, 2011 at 3:23pm Add comment
I don't have any of the problems listed. My printer works fine. The only thing I have a problem with is if I leave it turned on for more than 10 minutes, it won't turn off. I have to unplug it to turn it off. Any one else have this problem?
by unknown on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:12pm Add comment
It was work perfectly, thanks for the tip. Happy to save some money!!
by unknown on Jan 9, 2012 at 1:19pm Add comment
Thanks this worked great advice*****
by unknown on Apr 30, 2012 at 6:11am Add comment
I've been getting globs of ink on my prints. Any idea what is causing this & what I can do to fix it ?

Thanks,

Mark
by mccallphoto on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:51pm Add comment
la carta si inceppa sempre:si blocca un po' piu' avanri dellla
posizione di stampa. e si accende il led manutenzione .
avete suggerimenti???ho gia reasettato diverse volte con i 3 tasti ma niente- grazie
by unknown on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:01am Add comment
Copied from below by Anon to Sally: (this worked for me, but grinding noise scared me - but it's fine).

Switch off printer, hold down 'Power' 'Maintenance' and 'Stop' buttons simultaneously for between 5 and 10 secs and the printer will switch itself on and reset itself. There may be a grinding noise - but this is normal. Switch off and switch on again, and hey, presto! :-)

The reason for the 'service' message is that Epson apparently program a counter into the printer, and when a certain number of prints have been completed (or a certain time has passed)the printer flashes up this message and wants you to book an Epson service.

Thank you!!! Yay, I don't have to buy a new printer.
by unknown on May 8, 2013 at 11:17am Add comment
Fortunately the grinding sound was brief and the reset works. Do I now need to figure out how to check the waste container? Thanks, Paul - moorepa45
Brilliant advice; I too thought I would have to bin the printer but the reset procedure cured everything. Only thing is the grinding noise is not 'slight', I had a similar sound when the blades on my Flymo exploded a couple of weeks ago.

ps. our cat is still up a tree in the back garden
by unknown on Aug 1, 2013 at 1:53pm Add comment
I have not tried this program on an Epson R3000. I have an R800, 1270,1280 and a CX6600 Epson printers. All of them have had the error to service them. It seems an internal counter had determined that the waste tank was full. I downloaded a program that allows a user to reset the counter. It worked VERY well for each of the above. Best of all, this software is FREE!!

This program also gives you a tank level indication to the nearest 1\% unlike the Epson program that seems to round to the nearest 10\%. It saved me a bunch of bucks enabling me to run down the cartridges to 1\% without fear of running out during a print job.

Read the instructions carefully so that you don't perform anything you may regret later. But the user interface is easy to understand.

Here is a link to the site...

http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml

Look towards the bottom to find the program download link.

Norton AV and Malwarebytes approves of this program as well.

Hope this helps some of you!
by acrilok on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:52am Add comment

My Printer : Epson Stylus Photo 1400 stopped working; Before it stopped it gave the "Service required Parts are at end of Service Life "

can you suggest if it can be repaired?
by Colleen Chen on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:31am Add comment
My Printer : Epson Stylus Photo 1400 stopped working; Before it stopped it gave the "Service required Parts are at end of Service Life "

can you suggest if it can be repaired?
by Colleen Chen on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:37am Add comment
Go to the Epson site, search for your printer and get the file that will reset the message. You may have to email them to get it. They will ask for the serial number of your printer etc.

HtH

Phil
by philly5706 on Dec 8, 2013 at 12:37pm Add comment
OMG! Yes, this works. The R300 is a great machine, and worked very reliably for several years before the "parts at end of life" message. I figured I got my money's worth, and bid on another one on eBay...and then found this post. Well, always good to have a spare, but it looks like this cat's got another few lives left. I wonder how to clean the waste pads, if that's the problem.
by unknown on Apr 29, 2014 at 7:22pm Add comment
The absorbent pads are in the in the bottom of the printer. Look here for more info http://inkjetprinterhelp.us/r300.html I don't remember the exact page so just click through until you find it.

But you will need to remove the scanner. The mid section then access the pads.

I wish you luck and I hope this helps.
by unknown on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:35pm Add comment
Fantastic, will try. thanks. - keith r.
Hi Guys, I have been printing normally when I was doing a print of 100 pages, half way through the printing the page only started to print one line across the top of the page, and now it wont print at all, I have shut it down and reinstalled it but nothing, it go`s through the motions when it starts up and it even shows the ink levels as if its ready to print, then nothing, but there are no print errors or anything showing anywhere any help guys, thanks in advance
by swanmark on Aug 20, 2014 at 4:13am Add comment
My printer works perfectly, apart from the fact that it will only print size 10x15, no matter what I do to alter the size it reverts back to 10x15. Any ideas please.
by unknown on Sep 9, 2014 at 1:27pm Add comment