Printers are subject to a variety of errors. One such example is the Epson ox9a error code. It is the most common error that will be encountered while using the Epson workforce brand printers. Below are some tips that can help you quickly resolve this annoying issue.
What Causes the OX9A Error Code?
There are a number of potential causes for this error, which include:
- Paper jams or rails which have become damaged
- Missing or defective ink cartridges
- Incomplete software installation or corrupt drivers
It is important to note that the majority of electronic devices contain two components, which are software and hardware. The ox9a error code may be related to either. If the issue is software-related, the solution is a process that is automatic, but anything involving hardware will necessitate a manual solution. Before contacting a computer shop or technician, try the tips below first.
Solution 1 – Use Repair Tools to Correct the Error
For problems that are software-related, there are a number of online utility repair tools which can resolve them in just a few moments.
Step 1: You’ll need to find a tool from a trusted website and then download and install it on your computer. Two of the best are PrinterFixer and IOBit Driver Repair. Each tool functions in the same manner.
Step 2: After installing the repair tool, open it and select the “scan” button. Scanning will commence and it will take a few minutes to finish. Next, you’ll want to press the “fix the error,” button. The utility will begin correcting the error, and after it is done, you’ll want to restart the computer.
Step 3: Check to see if the error has disappeared.
Solution 2 – Disconnect Then Reconnect the Printer or Restart It
The problem can sometimes be resolved by simply disconnecting the printer and then reconnecting it.
Step 1: Unplug the printer from the network and reconnect it afterward.
Step 2: An alternative is to restart the printer using the control panel, which can be turned off and then on again.
Solution 3: Check for Paper Jams, Cartridge Issues or Staple Pinks
Incorrect configuration or paper jams frequently cause the dreaded 0x9a error. Therefore, you’ll need to perform a manual inspection to ensure each part is correctly configured.
Step 1: Deactivate the printer and then open its cover. Extract any removable components so that you can view the configuration cartridges and paper to see if it is jammed.
Step 2: Now open the door to the ink cartridges, then lift up the lid and try moving around the carriages to see what is happening. If they don’t move, this means debris or dirt is present which has caused them to become stuck. The best way to clean it is with compressed air.
Step 3: Once you’ve blown in the compressed air, double-check each side to ensure it is fully cleaned. You should also see a strip made of plastic; use soft cotton to clean it.
Step 4: Once everything is clean and tidy, and you’ve verified there is no paper jam, unplug the printer’s power cable and wait about three to five minutes.
Step 5: Click then hold the printer’s power button for just over sixty seconds.
Step 6: While holding the power button with one hand, use your other to reconnect its power cable and then click and hold its power button for another sixty seconds. Now activate the printer to see if the 0x9a error persists.
Solution 4: Perform a Fresh Printer Reinstall
There are occasions where resolving the 0x9a error will require you to completely reinstall both the printer and its drivers. Most modern electronic devices have software drivers that will become out of date as time passes, so it is important to always download and install the latest updates when they become available.
Step 1: In Windows, select “Control Panel,” then “Hardware and Sound” and finally “Devices and Printers.” Scroll down to the printer section and locate your Epson printer.
Step 2: Right-click on the Epson printer icon and choose “remove the device.” A miniature window should appear on the screen, select the “yes” option to proceed.
Step 3: Unplug the printer and then restart your computer.
Step 4: Once the computer restarts, reinstall the printer then go to the official website and download the latest drivers and install them. Try printing a test document to see if the printer works.
Cleaning Printers with Air Compressors versus Dust Blowers
Air compressors are pneumatic devices that transform power into the air that is pressurized. This is typically done with electric motors. The compressor will force greater amounts of air into the tank, which raises the pressure to a specific limit at which point the compressor will shut down.
Dust blowers are popular among those who don’t like using compressed air. They are small, portable, and low in cost and will last indefinitely, unlike compressed air which has to be replaced. To use it, all you have to do is press on its silicone container which will cause the air to blow and will provide sufficient pressure to remove dust from the tightest spaces. While there are cheap straw dust blowers that can be used to blow air using your mouth, these are not recommended since they can lead to headaches and other issues.
After attempting the different solutions above, the Epson 0x9a error should be resolved for good. If one doesn’t work, try the others. It is best to start with the first solution and work your way down until you find one that is effective, While some of these techniques will work with hardware problems, others are better geared towards software issues.
Any issue involving hardware will need to be fixed manually, which means that you’ll have to open the printer’s cover and remove or clean the internal components. The best way to do this is either with a soft cotton swab, air compressor, or dust blower and if a paper jam is present all you have to do is extract the paper.
Having the proper clarification and configuration for the internal components is the key to fixing this issue. Sometimes this error might result from driver or software issues, and if this is the case repair utility tools are the best way to correct it.
However, it must be emphasized that you should use your repair utility tool first prior to reinstalling the drivers. If you’ve tried all the solutions above, and you find that the ox9a error is still not going away, then you should either visit a computer repair shop or contact a technician who specializes in Epson printers.