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Low Down on CIS "Continuous Ink System"

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Sat May 17, 2008

Hello GTG'ers,

Recently bought a CIS "Continuous Ink Supply" unit for my Epson R280 inkjet printer.

I have run into two problems. Although product is advertised as having a new 'auto-reset chip' which works on any model made before and after 2007, I have found my machine is not being very cooperative, probably an indication of Epson's sneaky ways of making things like this CIS product not work with their machines.

First is the utilities: Nozzle Check & Alignment Check, send up an error screen saying "Close the Lid". (The lid, as you know, is partially opened on one side to let the belt-like hose pass from inside to the outer ink reservoir.) Since it is not a big deal to do these nozzle checks too often, I don't mind pushing down the front corners of the lid forcefully when the test runs, and it works fine. But I wonder where the sensor or gadget is that tells it the lid is not fully closed ?? How could we modify it so it wouldn't cause this problem ?

The next problem is more serious. After loads of printing the reservoir in one cartridge went below 10%, which is supposed to trigger an 'auto-reset' deal. Switching power off for an hour is recommended, then power it up. The status graphic should read ALL the cartridges are full again!
But it failed to do this. Remained stuck on "Low Ink", and machine froze. So the instructions suggested to remove and reinstall all (?) cartridges and then try again. This I did, unhappily. I don't want to have to pull all 6 out every time one gets low and sends a refill imperative up at me. Well, after switch off & on twice, it finally read all tanks as being full.

I'd like to keep it and get it to work for me, since it works for over 3,000 satisfied EBay'ers who bought one too. But the chip needs to 'auto-reset' like it's supposed to.

Is there any way to do that through the PC ?? To tell the printer driver/software to ignore or over-ride the 'close lid' error, and to 'auto-reset' the tank-levels back to FULL after it goes below 10% and you power it off for 1 hour ???

Someone should make a post about all the low-downs and need-to-knows RE: these CIS dealies. Alot more people are printing in bulk, and the printer manufacturers like Epson, HP, Canon, etc etc are clearly trying to gouge us here on the sales of individual ink cartridges. They must be putting something into the printer's software/driver to make it hard to kite one of these CIS gadgets, which is a shame because they DO work GOOD.

How do I re-program/veto Epson's commands that thwart my 'auto-reset' CIS system ?

Any other info about this product would be appreciated, since nothing came up in a site search, and I'm sure more people are trying it out.

- scottportraits
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