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HP Deskjet 6540 won't recognize refilled HP96 cartridge

by glenn636 / July 13, 2010 2:49 AM PDT

I recently had an HP96 black ink cartridge refilled at Walgreens. The printer will not recognize the refilled cartridge.

Is there a definite method for getting the printer to recognize the refilled cartridge? I've read lots of threads, but no one seems to have a fix. Some threads get off the subject by going to a different printer or cartridge.

I've tried inserting other older cartridges to re-set the printer. It didn't work. I've cycled the printer off and on. Didn't work.

I got to believe this problem has been solved, without buying a new HP OEM cartridge.


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This might work, it does for several
by wb2001 / July 24, 2010 3:21 AM PDT

Three Cartridge Method
You'll have to fool the printer by keeping three cartridges on hand (these cartridges can be old, empty cartridges). This works because the printer only remembers the last TWO cartridges which were in it. The procedure is as follows:
? Cart #1 (empty) is removed for refilling
? Cart #2 is installed
? Cart #2 is removed
? Cart #3 is installed
? Cart #3 is removed
Cart #1 (refilled) is installed. The printer now thinks that the filled cart is new.

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This might work, it does for several....
by glenn636 / July 24, 2010 7:22 AM PDT

Thanks for the attempt to fix, but it didn't work.

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Is it just registering empty
by wb2001 / July 25, 2010 7:34 AM PDT

Did you just try the cartridge?
The chip may not reset, but does it print?
Getting conflicts when I "googled" it.

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Is it just registering empty
by glenn636 / July 26, 2010 2:21 AM PDT

The printer flashes the symbol for "empty". It does not print.

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wanted to add this worked for me!
by Starlage / July 15, 2013 11:16 AM PDT

I have an ancient HP officejet 6310 that recently stopped accepting the refilled cartridges I get off ebay. Found this thread, got out my old empty original HP cartridges and put them in, let them align. After that took them out and put in the refilled cartridges and voila! Worked! It doesn't work with ALL of the refilled cartridges, I suppose some of them have just been ruined. Sometimes I have to put in a couple of empties it considers "original"- I have an original and a refilled that it repeatedly accept as originals... sometimes I have to put in both of the empty "originals" and let them align before I can get it to accept a refilled. A slight pain, but quite a money saver! Stupid greedy ink companies.

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by mjd420nova / July 15, 2013 12:09 PM PDT

My HP 5520BT gives me a warning that things are getting low, both at the printer and the server to which it's connected. Then I keep the power on, raise the lid, left the unit position the carriage so the cartridge can be removed, and remove the cartridge. Refilling and replacing has not given any respective errors. The inkjet units have a little resevoir (I call it a spit cup) that catches a little squirt of ink during the power on sequence that moves the carriage, paper and checks its sensors. This cup can get filled up and cause the cartridge to stick on the cup and not make the physical move within the time allowed. Sometimes the cup is easy to clean with a bent Q-tip and a little mirror, otherwise disassembly is even tougher. Some nozzle areas can dry up and block any further ink passage, use a shallow tray, isopropal alcohol 1/16 inch in the bottom to dissolve dried ink. The electrical contact area can get ink on them, both the cartridge and carriage, wiping with a lint free cloth and alcohol will clean the ink off.

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