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How do I determine which cartridge needs replacing?

by rpmphoto / January 1, 2009 1:31 AM PST

Hi I have an older HP712c. The ink cartridge light is blinking and I've forgotten how to tell which cartridge needs replacing? Thanks!

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Some of these would report back
by Steven Haninger / January 2, 2009 6:24 AM PST

through their own management software. While I rarely install more than just the basic driver, you might try Kees site but download the latest driver/software package and see if it will identify the cartridge causing the blinking.

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How do I determine which cartridge needs replacing?
by rpmphoto / January 2, 2009 12:38 PM PST

Thanks for replying and helping out,Steve. I have the latest drivers and they do not assist in identifying the empty cartridge. I also downloaded the manual as Kees suggested and it instructs you on how to do everything you've ever wanted to know about installing, replacing, cleaning and aligning the cartridges, everything but detecting which one is out of ink! A poster, leroyal, from simply suggested printing a "text only" document. When it printed ok, I changed the color cartridge and was back in business. It seemed like a simple enough problem, I had just forgotten how to identify the empty one. I guess I've become spoiled by using Epson printers which not only detect and report empty cartridges, but also monitor the ink levels to assist in ordering new ones. Thanks again!

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It wouldn't be the driver but the management software
by Steven Haninger / January 2, 2009 10:34 PM PST

You'd have to look in Programs or the control panel. I do have a cheap way to determine a low cartridge as long as they are the same size. I weigh them with a small scale such as one might use in the kitchen for measuring solids for recipes. The lighter cartridge is the one. My HP printer uses two cartridges but is a network type and the web interface keeps track of ink usage. I have heard some of these are simply rough estimates based on pages printed and tend to err in favor of having you replace them needlessly. If you have full cartridges handy, and I tend to keep one backup, the weighing method works well.

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