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HP 21 ink catridge prints only 50pgs b4 running out. Help!

Hello there,

I would like to enquire if anyone experience this.

I bought a new HP 21 ink catridge as my current one has run out. After less than 1 week, it ran out of ink (some parts of the printed page are clear some are not, as if it is running out of ink). I thought I may have printed alot in that week as I have quite a few assignment papers that i needed to print. So I got a another new one. This time, after printing around 50 or so pages the same thing happened!
I checked HP site, it mentioned at least 190 standard pages for each HP21 ink catridge. I'm using HP Deskjet 3940. Can someone tell me what is happening? Not cheap if this goes on.


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Depends on usage

In reply to: HP 21 ink catridge prints only 50pgs b4 running out. Help!

If all you're doing is black(mono) text output and no color see if *possible* to set printer to black output only(mono). Also, verify you may want simpler text, use the draft mode for degraded text output. It really doesn't matter for text as it comes out fine, but I don't know if your printer is capable of such. Check all that under it setting menu. Also, some ink carts have available fuller capacity carts, so if the #21 is such( I don't remember), I believe like 20ml vs 40ml.

tada -----Willy Happy

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(NT) #21 is 5ml capacity

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That 190 pages is based on 5 percent coverage.

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I wonder if you are doing more than text printing. I know people who are getting similar page counts but they are printing photos.

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Hp ink

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Check your printer model number at HP website to see if it will use an alternate cartridge, many will, Many of the HP printers come with a starter cartridge ( which is partly full) but an alternate full cartridge is available, costs more of course.Good luck!

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HP 21 - just texts

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I'm printing texts only. no pictures.

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I checked that model#, its a simple HP printer. You probably brought fairly cheap but the operating cost come into play for being an expensive beast to feed ink to. The other posters offered what is expected in print density, roughly 5% of double space lined text using typical paper. Again, if so optioned use draft mode to reduce ink consumption. the option of using refilled ink carts is available. I saw no large capacity ink carts for your #21 ink cart, maybe there is but i didn't see it.

tada -----Willy Happy

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yeah, it is a cheap model

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You are right, I bought it cheap. What perplexes me is that previously I was able to get quite a number of pages from a cartridge from what i'm getting now with the new one. Settings wise i've kept it the same as before, and I only print texts.

Thanks guys for the replies. It maybe the case of an ink beast just like you said.

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