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Print cartridge reset

I refill my own cartridges, can you tell me if there is an easy way to reset the cartridge so it does not report it is empty? I am a computer consultant and love the printer but I do so much printing that this is the only way that works well for me. I am retired because of medical problems and I work to keep busy and don't charge most of my customers as they have no money, most are disabled. It gets very expensive but refilling my old HP worked great but I do like all other aspects of the Kodak printer better than the HP line. I hope you can give me an answer, Thanks Bob

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    Robert McKenney Nov 01, 2008

    It sounds like you work for Kodak because they say the exact same thing, but I have reloaded ink and had none spill in my printer and it still prints perfectly. You are correct it is a foam block that has ink absorbed into it and very easy to add more ink to the foam without getting it all over the printer. The only problem is that I can't reset the cartridge and it still says it is out of ink so I am not sure how this cartridge determines the ink level because there is ink in the cartridge and it still says it is empty.

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    Robert McKenney Nov 01, 2008

    I figured that you did work for Kodak. Your statement is untrue because I have refilled them prior to them becoming completely empty and they still printed with the great quality that I have come to trust from this Kodak printer and there was no ink leaking problems.

    As far as the chip in the cartridge if it can be changed to say that it is empty then it can be changed back the other way. This may be a hard task to do because of the design but anything that can be programmed can be changed, only read only devices can't be changed and this can't be read only because it does get changed.

    To be honest it is designed to try and keep people from refilling the cartridge because it only registers one way, once it shows ink going down it will not go back up so it forces me to replace ink more often so that it doesn't register the loss of ink and yes that does work excellent but it is a pain. I have refilled one cartridge many times and it still prints with high quality and no ink leakage. HP did the same with some of there cartridges but as you can guess someone reverse engineered the program and found a way to reset it. I am sure that if it has not been done for this Kodak cartridge yet it will be in the future.

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    Robert McKenney Nov 01, 2008

    That is your opinion and just because you can keep saying it does not make it correct. If the chip can be programmed to say it is full obviously it can be programmed to say it is empty.

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I see that this is still listed as not being solved. Like I had said before you cannot refill these cartridges or you're going to have image quality problems or ink leaking in your printer.

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  • faerie2007 Nov 01, 2008

    The reason you can't reset the cartridges is because of the fact that there's a chip on them so once it's empty it registers as empty it can't be changed.....and yes, I do work for Kodak.

  • faerie2007 Nov 01, 2008

    Well if you choose to do that than go ahead. I'm done.


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Has this problem been solved yet at all?, I've had my Kodak ESP-3 for nearly two years now and have spent countless ammounts of money on replacement cartridges due to the fact the chip registers the cartridge empty after so many uses, This is getting beyond a joke Ive jus installed two new cartridges and made 4 small prints on 4x6 paper and the ink is down to 75% and 60% allready, this is not good value for money, I never had this problem on my previous HP, Epson and Lexmark printers.

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  • acgort68 Sep 27, 2010

    I,ve seen the same thing. I bought a new cartridge and printed the same day more than 50 pictures. With other cartridges i didn't use at al, in two months only putting on the printer to make a scan the cartridge was empty. So now i'm searching to a possibility to reset the cartridge so i can use the printer to scan only documents. I've seen it cannot scan when the cartridge is empty, so i want to keep the cartridge full. But even when you don't use it, after some time it will be empty!!!



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The printer will always tell you if the cartridge is empty if it is. The cartridges for the all-in-ones can't be refilled. The reason they can't be refilled is because in the ink tank is foam kind of like in a marker. Refilling it would most likely cause problems with printing. You can order off of though if you have you don't have time to go to the store.


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