I am used to refilling cartridges for various printers where each colour is in an individual tank. I am about to buy a new printer can I refill those with only two tanks ie. one black and one tricolour?
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Re: refilling tricolour tanks
It can be done, I have used refilling ink on HP printer before with only two cartridges, I just went by the diagram that came with refill package. However, it was a messy job and there are lots of shops that refill tri-colour cartridges now and I would definatley opt for that option.
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Ink cartridge contains Ink tank, electrical circuit & print nozzles. Adding ink to ink tank is called refilling, if any fault in circuit/nozzles will indicates the cartridge error.. Before refilling check cartridge health condition. In your case its sure that cartridge faulty, go for new one..
It sounds like you refiled an empty ink tank. The printer will refuse to accept ink cartridges that have been used and refilled. Unfortunately there is only one easy option: Buy a new cartridge. If it is a new cartridge and has not been refilled (straight out of the box), contact the supplier (where you got the cartridge from).
The colors are individual. That machine takes the Canon CLI-8. I would suggest reading your manual on what the procedure is for changing the ink cartridges out, it typically varies slightly by machine. There should be an option somewhere one of the menus to change the ink cartridges. When you buy a replacement be sure you buy from someone who isn't trying to scam you. I would recommend Cartridge World, of course, or OEM. Do not use cheap online cartridges, you will only have headache later.
Could you do a "diagnostic" print? As it might be that the colours con your tricolour cartridge have been cross-contaminated**
test the purity of the colour just go to word, excel or any
other application, Create a document that has pure colour squares or you
can print page 1 of thislink . Then compare the
colours of the page on the screen versus what you got. if the colours are off,
it means your cartridge has been cross contaminated. Sadly a cross contaminated
cartridge can't be fixed. So if you just bought it I would recommend you return
**: (this could be the results of refilling, storing the cartridge in the wrong container or on very rare occasions a HP manufacturing issue).
This is common in Canon Pixma printers (all models). If you are
refilling your cartridges or are buying refurbished cartridges this
will happen more often. Take the cartridge out and put it back in.
If this does not work, then replace the cartridge altogether. If
that doesn't work, you need to contact Canon (us.canon.com if you are
in the U.S.) for help. Let me know if this helps you.
I have an X5495 Lexmark and have recently been getting this **** "unsupported cartridge" rubbish. OS is XP SP2.
My history with this printer has been: -when new, the printer worked fine until I needed to replace the original ink tanks. I refilled them, but could not get the printer functional again....nil print at all. After much frustration, I was informed by a little birdie that the cartridges that originally come with the printer will not work if refilled. Great. They are one use only. -replaced with genuine high yield tanks. Then worked fine. Refilled once, possibly twice with suitable non genuine ink. Still working fine. -once black ink tank ran low this time, refilled it and symptoms of no print from Word docs, not all parts of a web page would print. Surprisingly, photos off hard disc print ok.(??????) -replaced black with genuine tank and colour with remanufactured tank. Error message of "unsupported tank". Now no print at all. -left new genuine black cartridge in and refitted genuine colour cartridge that I have previously refilled. -all print now ok.....finally.
Maybe they have a copy limit or the integrated print head in the black has crapped itself????????
During this process, I have uninstalled and reinstalled the driver several times. I have found that it has to be COMPLETELY uninstalled. Using the Lexmark uninstall function does not remove all parts of the software (Lexmark toolbar for one). If the software is not completely uninstalled, you will get a spurious unrelated and rubbish pop up that installation cannot continue because of "insufficient processor speed" with a spurious set of numbers after it. This message bears no relation to the solution.
I have found that you need to search and delete ALL Lexmark files that you can find after the uninstall. I have also deleted entries from registry.....1 entry only from memory (be CAREFUL with registry). Then reboot system.
The driver should then reinstall correctly and fully.
Why do they make it so damn hard? Don't think I'll buy a Lexmark next time.......