Last week I converted a 3880 to the ConeColor ink system. A few days ago, my printer auto re-booted a few times, in rapid succession. Finally, after 4 or 5 of these cycles, it would not come back on, as if it were disconnected from power. During these auto-reboots, The screen flashed so quickly that I could not see the problem code. I did pick up “contact to support”. I was successful getting it to power on the next day. I ran several tests and it worked fine for one nozzle check, then it started the auto reboot again. This time I picked up code f1c0 before it permanently shut down.
The Epson Service Manual lists all codes Fxxx as either a firmware issue or a main board failure. Epson said the likely cause is either a power supply And/or main board failure. One authorized repair center estimated $200 for a PS and $300 for the main board plus labor plus shipping the printer both ways.
because I just installed a refillable cart system with ConeColor inks, it seems my best option is to purchase a refurb 3880. Although the printer is the same price as the new P800 ($850) if I upgraded to this new design, I’d also be eating the $500 in inks and cartridges I just purchased.
Is there any hope for economically resurrecting this printer?