• The trick to using Epsons adjustment utilities in Vista is apparently incredibly simple so just to share the solution.

    1. Download the Adjustment utility as you would normally and set your systems date/time as required by the instructions
    2. Right click on the “Adjprog” and select “Properties
    3. Choose “compatibility” and select “windows xp“.
    4. Find and select “Run as Administrator” (if you have this option)
    5. Click OK at the bottom

    You then follow the instructions as normal to complete the waste counter reset.
    Ref: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/printer/57513#7

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  • Epson R285

    Epson R285

    Epson have been busy churning out new printers again so I’ve recently acquired an R285 (the UK version of the R290/R280) and checked it out with a view to modifying it.

    Unfortunately as one of the newer printers, the R285 has been made harder to reset (ie: the IPR_A10 utility will not work with it). So, with all this in mind I’ve created a new R285 instruction set for fitting a waste ink kit and resetting the protection counter on this printer.

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  • After a bit more digging it was possible to get hold of an IPR (Ink Pad Reset) utility for the RX680 which is one of the newer printers that hasn’t been covered by the older A10 IPR.

    Unfortunately the news on this is not good…

    Epson have obviously decided that the consumer need even greater protection from themselves when it comes to waste ink pads and have adopted an activation strategy which you would expect in situations where software piracy was an issue, not someone wishing to service their own printer.

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  • Recently I had a query from an Epson customer in Italy, asking about waste ink kits for the relatively new PX800FW which translates to Photo, Multifunction, Fax + Wireless for the uninitiated.

    Upshot of the conversation was that I hadn’t seen one of these printers so I couldn’t offer much help but if they wanted to go digging… Great!

    The point where you realise you’ve unleashed a monster is always fun!

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