| Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 13:04:40 +0100
| From: Conor Daly <conor.daly_ilug at cod.homelinux.org>
| On Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 06:58:04AM +0200 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
| Brian Foster thought:
| > the only issue I've had is the first Epson eventually
| > exceeded what can only be called planned obsolescence,
| > with the firmware _deliberately_ refusing to allow me
| > to continue using the printer. [ ... ]
| I heard of this. Essentially, it claims the waste ink pads are full and
| you have to send it off for replacements. Now, you can _clean_ the ink
| pads but the printer will still refuse to work.
correct. you also have to reset the counter which controls
the refusal. on the low-end model I had, that apparently
could only be done by command (over the USB link) from the
host, and Epson is coy about saying what the command is.
| > I did ultimately buy another Epson,
| > this time a higher-end model. I subsequently found
| > that other people have made the same decision under
| > the same circumstances [ ... ]
| My assumption is that the other people were stuck in the old mode of:
| "MS Windows has broken so I'll pay MS more money for an later version
| of MS Windows..."
bad assumption. I said _identical_. the other cases
I know of also use Linux. M$-DoS losers _do_ have a
solution. there is freeware(?) program available from
some hackers(?) in Russia that will reset the counter.
however they are very anti-Linux and refuse to provide
a Linux version, or (like Epson) even to say what the
also, my researches found the high-end models do have
this “feature” _but_ can be reset by a magic mix of
control button presses. (not verifed for the model
I now have!) and the "feature” is not quite as stupid
as it sounds since apparently when the ink pads really
_are_ full, you get a nasty mess under the printer (or
even tilting the printer when picking it up). I cannot
verify this, as the counter triggers early; i.e., I did
not have that problem.
having said that, it is obnoxious Epson does not make
available instructions for DIYers, especially people
in the situation I had — a very cheap printer, that
was out of warranty. and having said that, Epson did
win in the sense I spent more money on another Epson
printer (and on ink since). and the reason they won
is because both printers work quite well. I expect
the new one to continue to do so for multiple years;
and when it does eventually fail/refuse to work, I may
be interested in some other unit anyways. like I said,
this is not a heavy-duty office use/abuse unit, and so
bullet-proof robustness is not a key issue.
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