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Re: Lexmark X5495 all in one printer
NEVER use refilled cartridges, or even generic ones, for that matter. Always use genuine inks. These days printers come with sensors to determine if you are using refills. I know it is cheaper, but it will prevent a lot of headache and expensive repairs in the long run if you use genuine cartridges.
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I'm not sure about Lexmark but some printer cartridges (Cannon) can't be refilled because the printers still think they are empty. You can buy a little gismo on ebay to reset the cartridges after you refill them. Good luck.
Lexmark is one of the best printers, Look to see if the heads on the printer are clean. Unlike most printers Lexmark cartridges dont do the controling, the printer does. My son replaces the cartridges, he doesn't refill because of the problem simular to yours.
When you try refilling your ink cartridges, you are taking chances that something may go wrong. I would search the web and purchase re-manufactured ink cartridges, which would be less expensive than the new ones from Lexmark.
Lexmark advertises the cartridges supplied with this printer as cart. #28 and #29. They claim these are nonrefillable. The refillable cartridges are #28a,29a, 34 and 35, the last two being the high yield carts. Make sure you have one of these.
I just ordered a Lexmark X5495. The carts that come with it are throw aways (or return them to Lexmark to be remaned.) You can use cart. # 28a, 29a, 34 or 35 to refill, the latter two being the high yield carts. And yes the printer manufacturers are playing a cat and mouse game with us. I normally use Epson because it's easier to circumvent the tricks they employ. I understand Canon is an inexpensive printer to run also. HP and Lexmark are the costliest products to operate. There is a utility for Epson called SSC ver. 4.30 that gets around the safeguards by resetting the cart. chips and a whole lot more. Someone needs to write a utility for HP and Lexmark to replace the standard driver/ink monitors that are designed to siphon off our wallets quicker than they do ink. One more trick I've heard: when the printer is looking for a new cart have a spare cart handy and put it in in the printer. The printer will now think you have ink in the cart.(whether its empty or full) Now trying swapping it out for a refilled cart and see if that works. The point is this: the printer wants to see a new cart serial# ,not the same one that was just being used last.