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How to Disable Ink Detect on an Epson

Updated February 21, 2017

When you install the full version of an Epson printer's software and drivers on a computer, you install an ink level detector as part of the printer's software package. This ink level indicator measures how much ink has been dispensed by the different ink cartridges, giving you alerts when one of the cartridges is low or out of ink. If you use a refilled Epson ink cartridge or a cartridge not made by Epson, the ink level software displays a warning message each time you print, telling you the cartridge is out of ink.

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  1. Install the refilled ink cartridge into the printer and close the cover. Do not try to print until you disable the ink level software.

  2. Click on the computer's "Start" or Windows button, located on the left side of the task bar. Click on "Control Panel" and the "Printers" option, then right-click on the Epson printer's icon.

  3. Click on "Properties" or "Preferences" in the menu that pops up. Click on the tab labelled "Maintenance," and then click on the "Speed and Progress" button at the bottom of the window.

  4. Click on the box next to "Disable Epson Status Monitor" so a check mark appears in the box. Click on the "OK" button at the bottom of the window to save your selection and close the window.

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