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resetting to bypass disabled printer due to expired ink

by rjkimdds / April 25, 2006 4:49 AM PDT

I have HP business inkjet 2250 which uses individual ink cartridge(cyan magenta yellow and black) for printing. Each cartridge has expiration date electronically stamped so the printer became disabled once it reaches expiration date. Does anyone know how to bypass this? I called HP and they said they can teach us. But they have to charge me which cost more than the cost of these ink cartridges. HELP!

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The date is set by the PC. Change the PC's clock back
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2006 5:05 AM PDT
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Hi everyone HP Cartridge expiration problem solved
by gurukrish / August 24, 2008 5:09 AM PDT

Model : HP Business Inkjet 1000 series (Other models you have to try it using this method)

Problem : Cartridge Expired

Solution : Normally you can't override cartridge expiration date problem but you can hack and overcome from the problem. As per the documents from the web saying this model can remember up to 3 cartridge of one particular colour. Normally each cartridge will expired within 2 years.

Mine also expired. To disable the link level feedback to system you have to unplug some cables inside of the printer. So you have to search web for that. I was also refilled the cartridge and reuse it upto 2 years. After that my 4 ink cartridges were expired and refuse to print even the ink levels were good.

How to overcome this problem. HP the International company's cartridge protection technology having some loop hole in their protection. They want more business than what they are selling. They don't like people refill and use their cartridge. They want to force the user to buy new cartridge get more profit.

Normally the each cartridges portion in the printer recognize and memorize the chip bottom of the each cartridge. For example the black cartridge part the printer recognize the chip fixed bottom inside the black cartridge. It won't check or memorize the other color cartridge chips.

I just removed the chip of the black using a nice blade and swap the chip of the pink (double side glue is used to paste the cartridge chip. You have to very carefully do this. Otherwise chip will damage). Do the same trick to other two cartridge. After you swap note down which cartridges you swaped and keep it in safe place. Later it is useful to swap it again. Better swap (1 and 2) (3 and 4). At least you can swap and use the cartridge for 10 years.

Other model of Business inkjet you have to try it yourself. It may work. Best of luck.

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HP expiration with just some clicks
by gikam / November 17, 2008 6:07 PM PST

no more printer diassembling, no more chips swapping, no more money for chips or resseters.
Just a little tiny piny software for FREE (for all of us who bught these damn printers), which just patches the drivers, that I made.
If you need it, just email me at, put 'fixHP' in the subject.
good luck

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tried it - this patch works great
by jvil / February 9, 2012 7:25 AM PST

You can use gikam's patch, or just buy knockoff cartridges on eBay, which work fine and are very cheap - ten dollars for a set of four.

if you use the patch, these additional instructions may be helpful:

unplug the printer power cord (to lose cached data)
restart computer (if you already tried to print, may be some cached drivers, impossible to patch)
run the patcher
ignore additional instructions to restart the computer until the patcher is finished
several possible files to patch will be listed. For the HP 1000 printer running under XP you need to change
This is not the directory specific to the HP1000 printer, so the patcher will probably also work for other HP printers
When the patcher finishes, reboot your computer and plug the printer back in.

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Resetting expiration date
by numbersguylanc / February 1, 2014 9:27 PM PST

Search YouTube for help finding where your CMOS battery is located. It is shaped like a watch batteries. Take it out, reinstall and problem should go away.

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