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ABI-2001 • Tips on Loading Inks Wide Format Epsons

***Always read the Epson printer user guide or contact Epson for tech support for any Epson product or software. ***


There are special options used by Epson technicians that a user can also take advantage of in a time of need. Entering into the Service Mode is always something to be careful doing, only address settings you are sure you understand. Doing this can save you an expensive tech visit for something easy to handle.

An Epson printer has an "initial filling" function that handles the first time install of inks making sure they fill the lines and the print head. It's called "init. fill" and it's located in the Service Mode menu.

Running and "init. fill" may be the way to handle these new style printer configurations when you wish to change the printer to a special dedicated ink system such as one with all black inks.

Things to know and understand:
Each Wide format printer has its own way of entering into the Service mode, do some research online to find what s right for your printer model.

Example: The Epson 4880 you hold down the "Pause" button when you power on the printer.
The Epson 7900 and 9900 you hold down the "Menu button, Ok button and down arrow button" when you power on the printer and when the printer display is ready and looks like you are set to print you now click the "Menu" button one time to enter into the "Self Testing" window and options.

Holding just the "Pause" button upon start-up on the 7900/9900 takes you into the Maintenance Mode, which has some cleaning options along with other  settings.

You can see there is a lot more to your printer than you deal with each day and knowing at least some of these options may help prevent an expensive Epson tech service call when it could have been avoided.

Freehand is not responsible for anything you do to your printer in error. We are just informing you of these extra options available to you. Good luck.

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