If the Error light on the EPSON Stylus CX5400 is flashing and you see an ink low or ink out message on the LCD screen and your computer monitor, you need to replace one of the cartridges.
When a cartridge is more than six months old, you may need to replace it if printouts don't look their best. If the quality doesn't improve after cleaning and aligning the print head, you can replace the cartridge.
To check your ink supply, do one of the following:
OS 8.6 to 9.x: Choose File > Print. Click the ink icon.
OS X: Choose Applications > EPSON Printer Utility > CX5400 > Status Monitor.
You see a window like this:
Click a cartridge image to display information about the cartridge.
Warning: Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink.
If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.
Caution: To avoid damaging the EPSON Stylus CX5400, never move the print head by hand.
You cannot print if any ink cartridge is empty. Leave the empty cartridge installed in the EPSON Stylus CX5400 until you have obtained a replacement. Otherwise the ink remaining in the print head nozzles may dry out.
Be sure you have a new ink cartridge before you begin. Once you start the ink cartridge replacement procedure, you must complete all the steps in one session.
Caution: Don't touch the green circuit board on the back of the cartridge; you may inhibit normal operation and printing.
If you need to replace other ink cartridges, repeat steps 4 through 6 before continuing with step 7.
The On light flashes and the EPSON Stylus CX5400 makes noise. Charging takes about 30 seconds. When it's finished, the On light stops flashing and stays on.
Caution: Never turn off the EPSON Stylus CX5400 while the On light is flashing, unless the Stylus CX hasn't moved or made noise for more than 5 minutes.