Fixing Error Code 0x9e on Epson ET-2550 After Printhead Replacement

Q: I used your video to replace the ink head on my Epson ET-2550, and although the process seemed straightforward, my printer now displays an error code of 0x9e and won't function. What does this error mean, and how can I fix it?

A: Thank you for reaching out with your question, and we're glad to hear that our BCH Technologies YouTube channel has been a resource for you. We appreciate your support and engagement, as it helps us to further develop our technical expertise and community assistance.

The error code 0x9e on your Epson ET-2550 generally indicates an issue related to the printhead or the printer's logic board. When the printer initializes, it sends a signal to the printhead and measures the returning signal. A 0x9e error suggests that the printhead is too cold or not responding, which can be caused by several factors:

  1. FFC Cable Disconnection: The flat flexible cable (FFC) connecting the printhead to the printer's mainboard might not be properly connected. This can prevent the printhead from communicating effectively with the printer.
  2. FFC Cable Replacement Needed: If the FFC cable is damaged or worn out, it may require replacement to ensure a stable connection between the printhead and the printer.
  3. Mainboard Malfunction: The printer's mainboard could be failing to accurately measure the printhead's temperature, possibly due to a hardware malfunction.
  4. Firmware Issues: Sometimes, the printer's firmware may have a glitch or error in the algorithm used to test the printhead's functionality.

Given these potential causes, here's what you can do:

  • Inspect and Reconnect the FFC Cable: Open the printer and carefully check the FFC cable. Make sure it is securely connected at both ends and that there are no visible signs of damage.
  • Examine the Printhead and Mainboard: Look for any signs of damage or misalignment that could indicate physical issues with the printhead or the mainboard.
  • Firmware Update: If possible, check for any firmware updates from Epson that might address this specific error code or improve the printhead's performance.
  • Professional Assistance: If you're unable to resolve the issue on your own, it may be time to seek professional help, especially if you suspect a mainboard problem or need a firmware update that isn't publicly available.

Addressing printer issues can indeed be complex, as the cause of problems like a "paper jam" or a printhead error can vary widely. While we strive to provide comprehensive support through our resources and tutorials at BCH Technologies, some issues may require direct intervention.

For those needing hands-on assistance, we offer an in-person evaluation and repair service at our local diagnostic facility. Please visit our Printer Repair Service page for more information. Given the intricate nature of printer repairs and the potential for a variety of causes behind common issues, we encourage exploring self-help options and consulting our vast array of video guides for immediate solutions.

We hope this guidance helps you address the error code 0x9e on your Epson ET-2550. Thank you again for your support of BCH Technologies. If you have further questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.

Apr 2nd 2024 Kevin Day

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