24 July 2006

Epson Stylus CX6600 Reset Error Message

I had this error message appear on my Epson CX6600:

"Parts inside your printer are at the end of their service life. See your printer's documentation for details. Contact your dealer."

Following the directions below I was able to get my printer working again. I have a bulk ink system installed and when I first encountered this problem it ended up costing me over $40 to have them do what I presume was the same thing. There is no indication that there is any real threat of ink spilling out of the printer due to overflow from head cleaning, so I have not attempted to further modify the printer.

Found this online:

"Assuming you have completed your modification... [i.e. fixed the problem]

1. first turn off your printer
2. push the b/w + color + stop buttons together and hold
3. push the power on button and hold (so you'll now be holding down 4 buttons together)
4. Don't release all the buttons until you see the light indicator is blinking and then a message display on the lcd
5. release all the buttons
6. push the color button (once)
7. turn off the printer
8. turn it on again."

Another helpful link:


My Bulk Ink System is the IJC C86 Bulk Feed System from inkjetsusa modified for the CX6600. (If you want to do the same make sure to let them know you are going to use it for a CX6600 so they will adjust acordingly.) I have been very satisfied with the system, although I did have to use my Dremel to alter a part of my printer to make it work. Here's photos to show what I did to the printer:

The photo above shows the printer cartridges in place and my finger pointing to the modified bit.

The next two photos show the bit before and after it was modified and shows how I put paper in the printer to contain the shavings from the dremel cutter.


Finally, here is a photo of the bulk system in place. I added some extra support to the plastic piece that was provided to attach the tubing. I had to increase to thickness of the piece that was meant to stick it to the underside of the case and then added paper clips to ensure that it did not come off easily. The scotch tape helps keep the tubing from catching on the ink cartridge carrriage.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I was in the middle of printing my homework when the RED Exclamation mark starting blinking! I google the site and got on to your site. Followed your directions holding the four buttons down and badda bag badda bing worked like a charm! I DON'T KNOW YOU, BUT I LOVE YOU!!! Thanks again!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info..much appreciated, saved me lots of stress & hassel & money!!

Anonymous said...

Please accept my most humble and sincerest thanks for your simple reset solutions for my Epson CX6600I love the machine and thought that I had to buy a new one because it was telling me that parts were no longer serviceable. It is now back in service thanks to you and I can relax once more. Many thanks & Regards
Barbara Sutton

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Anonymous said...

I can' t tell how much time I have saved finding your fantastic remedy for the 2nd time!!
The CX6600 just keeps going--hope that hasn't jinxed it!--but for these 2 blips

Anonymous said...

Thank you! So much! I've had an error message for the past two days and was just about to buy a new printer. I didn't think I would be able to fix it - and then I found your tip. And it worked!! You are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

Laura M said...

Thanks! I had a different problem, and troubleshooting, unplugging everything, and uninstalling/reinstalling didn't work. Your reset instructions fixed the problem immediately.

I love my printer! I know it's old, but it's a real workhorse, and it still prints well. Glad I didn't have to replace it.

Don Berg said...

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Anonymous said...

Man, you are a geniouss. We are from Spain and we have been strugling with the printer the last 3 hours. We had a CD to restart our printer but it started printing but not making copies -it is a multifunction printer-.

We love you mate !!!! We wish you the best in your professional and personal live. What a better place would be this world if all people would share the knowledge like you did.

Cheers !!!

Doc A said...

Thank you! Your tip for resetting the CX6600 worked perfectly. Also, if you know of a company that refurbishes these printers, please let me know. My old Mac will not work with the newer printers. Thanks again.

Doc A said...

Your tip for resetting the Epson CX6600 worked perfectly! Thank you so much! Also, if you know of a company that refurbishes these printers (preferably in Silicon Valley area), please let me know. Thanks, again! Doc A