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Ink Cartridges

I have a HP all in one and have refilled my cartridges a couple of times using various kits. I had no problems until now. The printer will not print any ink at all. I have heard about those chips but can't determine if my cartridges have them or not. In the software package for HP there is an utility that estimates the amount of ink left in the cartridge. Even after refilling it says they are still empty. Why?????

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It depends on which cartridges it uses.Certain HP printers(900 series for eg) will store the serial number of a specific cartridge, and will not let you use it again as it registers it as empty, it can remember two numbers, so if you have three sets of cartridges you are OK. There are various work arounds for fooling the printer into thinking you have installed new cartridges, just type "HP cartridge reset" into any search engine for answers.

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Here's the skinny on refilling your ink cartridges. DON'T! Yup, the brand name ones are expensive. But, they're COMPATIBLE. There's not enough room here to tell all the stories of woes from people trying to save money and then NOT. Oh, one more thing. Next printer you buy, go with one that uses individual ink cartridges for each color. Save's lotsa money. Read this to be a personal plug for Epson.

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I refill my cartridges with few problems. Firstly you must not allow the cartridge to run on empty as it will burn the printhead and be unusable. When you have refilled your HP cartridge, I use 56 & 57 type cartridges, you then take a small piece of sticky tape and cover the right hand corner where you see three contacts put the cartidge back in the machine the printer will carry out a reload function, remove the tape and do the same on the left hand side, remove the tape and when you replace the cartidge in the printer go to the tools menu in printer properties you see the cartidge is now full. This works on both types of cartidges. When purchasing refillable ink make sure you purchase good quality I use either Inktec from Japan have see the same kit in Pelikan brand or another product we have in Australia called Inkwell. Do not use inks that use a powder pigment as they can clog up the printhead. Also don't think you can refill forever one day you will have to replace the ink cartidge, we are seeing a large number of generic cartidge for a fraction of the price HP, Lexmark, Epson, and Canon. I have found the refill kits and the generic cartidges print better and with better colour than the brand names.

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I have both the HP 1215 photosmart and the old deskjet 882C printers.....both use #45 black cartridges. Anyway, the first thing I do with a new cartridge is weigh it when full, and write down the Oz on it. When it becomes "Empty", I fill it until it weighs the same as it did when new. It seems like I can get a good 3-4 refills out of each before the copper head foil finally wears out. I've done the same with the Tri color cartridges, but it's very, very difficult NOT to end up blending the colors together and making a mess. So, I stick to refilling only the black. Works well for me, and have saved tons of $$$

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