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I just received an email about getting more from my ink cartridges, when one of your colour or your black one is telling you it needs changing, take it out, and look at the label, at the top of the label is a tiny hole, use a paper clip opened up to depress into this hole and your cartridge is loaded again, this is because each one has a tiny chip which comes into operation and stops the ink flow before it is all used, by depressing as aforesaid it wakes the chip up and starts it off again.



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Very interesting Derek, however I'm pretty sure that not all brands of printer have a chip in the cartridge. My previous two Canon printers did, the electrical contacts were clearly visible, however my current Brother does not have such contacts and I can't find a hole. Perhaps Bj will come into his own here and clarify matters, he has many interests including computers.
I've just copied this article from "how stuff works" and it gives the impression that all cartridges have electrical contacts but I had another look at mine and there is no sign of them.

Quick Fix List for Ink jet Cartridge Print Problems

Below are some common fixes that can often resolve ink jet cartridge print problems:

* Run a little warm tap water over the print head. This can dissolve any ink, which may have dried in the cartridge. This is especially helpful if the cartridge has been removed and exposed to air for any length of time.
* The heaters can sometimes become plugged. This can often be cured by cleaning the contacts on the cartridge and in the printer carriage with water or alcohol. After cleaning, snap the cartridge in and out a few times to be sure you have a good connection between contacts in the cartridge and the printer.
* Smeared print can be caused by a buildup of ink on the wiper blade found in most HP (Hewlett-Packard) Deskjet models. If you are experiencing trouble with smeared ink, clean the wiper blade according to the printer manual instructions.

If these tricks fail to correct your print problems, the inkjet cartridge has probably reached the end of its useful life. It’s time to buy a new cartridge.

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If you poke a hole into the cartridge you will let the air in, and it will dry up real quick,
empty is empty,the contacts on the cartridge should not be played with and the same thing is true for the printer head "It’s time to buy a new cartridge" don't fall in love with your printer you can almost buy a new one for about the same price as a new set of ink cartridges,, time and air kill the ink cartridges it's true if don't use it you will lose it and it's very true for printers...if you want a printer that will always print use a dot matrix printer, they can sit for years and still print out just fine.it's true that it's not as great as the new ones but what your print out will be in the trash can in a week or two,the norm


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I'll let you both know, I have one colour that is getting low, it certainly worked for the friend that forwarded it, and by the way,doing as I said does not penetrate the ink reservoir only the mechanics.



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I solved the problem for good. Gave the inkjet away and bought a color laser printer. Samsung has a nice one (CLP 315) for $200 and there may be rebates as much as $100.

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You talk about sleeping on the job LOL

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I just received an email about getting more from my ink cartridges, when one of your colour or your black one is telling you it needs changing, take it out, and look at the label, at the top of the label is a tiny hole, use a paper clip opened up to depress into this hole and your cartridge is loaded again, this is because each one has a tiny chip which comes into operation and stops the ink flow before it is all used, by depressing as aforesaid it wakes the chip up and starts it off again.
While we're on the subject.

I have a HP Business Inkjet. The cartridges, which are only ink reservoirs, are too darn expensive. What's worse is the darn things seem barely used and very heavy with ink and their internal cartridge chips will stop the printer from printing.

They had this problem where I worked before retirement and decided to junk one of the HP printers that did this. It was on a network and everyone in the engineering group used it at one time or another.

Well when they junked it, the secretary was tossing new, unopened cartridges. The black ones would fit my printer so I got them out of the trash.

When my printer needed a black cartridge, I put one of them in and it said it was expired. Brand new expired! It would not print. Sure enough it was about 6 months out of date.

I concluded that the freshness date didn't apply here, it applies to bread, eggs and beer. So I turned back my date on my computer, by clicking on the time in the lower right hand corner, by a year and turned on the printer and printed a very nice document with HP's so-called stale ink.

Conclusion: If your ink is expired, (out of date), and you are running a windows system, turn off the printer, roll back your date on the computer by a year or so, print the document, bring your date forward to present, (otherwise it messes with file dates and email dates), and you just cheated HP out of the cost of ink for a perfectly good cartridge!

By the way. My printer is on a home network and when the wife also prints to the HP, it apparently does not get a date in the data sent to the printer. She's running Linux Ubuntu.

Hope this helps someone!

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I don't know, I've been refilling my ink cartridges for a long time now... probably 15-16 years or so. Yes, it's true, the cartridge will eventually wear out and need replacement, usually after 5 or 6 refills. I just ordered ink for my latest printer, a Canon wireless all-in-one that cost me $169.00Cdn. 6 cartridges in it at $18.00 each. Enough ink for 12 refills cost me $63.00Cdn. Well worth it in my opnion.

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When you do not get good print and its showing that black or any color ink is low than look at the top of the label.There is a tiny hole, use a paper clip opened up to depress into this hole and your cartridge is loaded again.Because by depressing the chip it will work again.
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Mathew,
Isn't that exactly what I said in my first post, and it works I have tried it, as long as your cartridges are chipped.



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