why some of your printers suddenly stop working

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Printers are probably one of the most hated technological products in history. When they work they are a blessing, but the problem is that they don’t always work. The horror stories that surround them are numerous —hp has a few, but it is by no means the only one—and now we have a new one of them: one that once again casts the shadow of programmed obsolescence on these devices.

What happened. Mark Tavern, teacher and writer, complained on Twitter how a message had suddenly appeared on his Epson printer stating that the printer “had reached the end of its service cycle” and had locked itself up. The only option, it seemed, was for him to pay for a repair or buy a new one even though the current one was working perfectly.

Epson and “ink spills”. The printer message referred to a series of porous pads inside the printer that collect and contain excess ink. Such pads wear out over time, and that poses a risk of property damage from ink spills, as they explain. in the Fight to Repair newsletter. The problem seems to occur especially for particularly intensive users of these printers.

Which printers are affected. This type of behavior and warning affects the Epson L130, L220, L310, L360 and L365, but could also occur in other models up to five years old.

there are old videos where you can see how to change those pads so you can get back to using these printers, and in fact Epson offers a software utility for Windows – at Epson they seem to be preparing a similar one for macOS, although it is not known when it will arrive – that allows you to “reset” the printer to be able to continue using it for a period of time that is apparently very limited. After that the repair would seem inevitable.

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Manufacturers do not notify. The problem is not unique to Epson printers: other inkjet models from other manufacturers also use these pads, and the problem is that this type of potential problem was unknown and manufacturers do not “educate” users by informing them of the appearance of this type of messages or even the blocking of the printer.

Printers are probably one of the most hated technological products in history. When they work they are a blessing, but…

Printers are probably one of the most hated technological products in history. When they work they are a blessing, but…

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