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How can I use a refill colour cartridge with X3690?

A previous printer let me print even though it showed "out of ink": the X3690 software does not let me print at all (except in black!). Is there a workround or a modification I can do?
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Colin Colby

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  • colbyc Dec 17, 2008

    I know the problem can be made to go away by buying a new cartridge; what I would like to know is if there is any other solution that will let me reuse cartridges which are not only half price but also good for the planet.

  • colbyc Dec 17, 2008

    I am certain the refill is full, because I saw it being refilled. Further, it was a genuine lexmark cartridge that I had already used in the printer. This printer (X3690) just does not recognise such a refill. My original question still stands; maybe someone understands how the printer recognises the difference between a new and a refilled cartridge, and what if anything can be done to suppress this inhibit on using a refill.

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Just because the refill is full doesn't mean there isn't an issue with the printed circuit on the cartridge that heats and delivers ink to print, the easiest thing to do is plug in another cart and see if that works, if it does then the used cart is no good, I have been using refilled cart's for years and have found they work about 4 refills then the printed circuit fails and it won't print, I think that is what is going on with your refilled cart. there is one thing that u can do, soak the cart print head in hot water for 5 minutes, then hold a paper towel over the print end and shake or spin it to get the ink flowing, sometimes there is an air pocket, on occasion this cures the problem.

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I understood your question and .u can definately use the cartreidge which is refilled.there is a system that you should get the cartridge detected to the printer.as that is not detected so this problem.just click printer properties.--------in that go to printing preferences--------in that you will get the option called---------option-------just click that --so you will get the new option--------lexmark solution center---------in that lexmark solution center it is given the option as replacement of cartridge.-------------there u will be able to get the cartridge selected as refilled or new and the cartridge number.select proper cartridge numbers of both colour and black.and select new cartridges for both colour and blavck.they will print after that selection.

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Printers are like cell phones... the companies sell them at subsidized prices so they can attempt to lock you into there service or in this case ink cartridges... that's how they make most of their money.... refills should work tho

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It will usually let you print even though it says "out of ink" if the cartridge is not the right one for the printer because it can not be read by that printer to find out how much ink is actually left. You will most likely have to buy a new color ink cartridge that works with your printer you have now so it will give you accurate information on how much ink is left. You should be able to print in color also with black when you get the new cartridge, which you should find for or around $25.

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    When you get a refill cartridge, the place usually gives you any cartridge that is similar to your cartridge, even though it still can not be read by your printer. Refills are tricky like that, which makes it hard to find out how much ink is left in the cartridge. If you want accurate read-outs, you will need to buy a new cartridge that actually works with your printer. Your refill is most likely empty.

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The only thing to do is to buy anew cartridge and replace it for the older one.the cartridge may be available in any computer shops.thank you

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    have you gone for a ink filling

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SOURCE: CANNOT USE A REFILL CARTRIDGE IN LEXMARK x3690

No you cannot print with that model and most models if the ink is empty. The best you can do is get a new refill.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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