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I bought an HP F388 all-in-one printer in China. I just returned to the USA and discovered about regionalization of printer and cartridges.
Can the printer region be changed or the cartridges modified so that they work?
Can ''generic'' printer cartridges be used without region problems?
Let me fist inform you that the question you asked for is related to "regionalization" of the printers . It is very particular to HP printers.
You can just regionalize your printer thrice in the enitre printer lifetime - not more than that. And the codes you are referring to - they are not there somewhere - they have to be logged in by the back end team who decode the "10-tap test" to re-enter the codes for regionalization so that the printer becomes compatible in the region you are using it in.
The cartridges even change in every country to make the printer work - let me state you how.....as per www.hp.com
HP Photosmart C3100 All-in-One series This product uses regionalized ink supplies, so the inkjet print cartridges for the product depends on where you are in the world. If you do not know which pen regionalization zone you are in, click here to view the Regionalization Country-to-Zone Mapping Table . Once you know the zone, you can identify the cartridges used in this product. Cartridge Description Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 black inkjet print cartridge HP 92 HP 336 HP 132 HP 850 tri-color inkjet print cartridge HP 93 HP 342 HP 136 HP 854 black inkjet print cartridge Not availaible HP 338 HP 131 Not available tri-color inkjet print cartridge HP 95* HP 343 HP 135 HP 855 photo inkjet print cartridge HP 99 HP 348 HP 138 HP 858 *The HP 95 is not compatible with printers sold only in North America; instead, use the HP 93 Tri-color cartridge. Refer to the link to understand how the world is divided into 4 zones - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bpa00586&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=1146331#zone_mapping And you can beleive into what i say as I work for HP printers....! the best i would suggest is to call up Technical / Customer Care centre and tell them you need to reset....they will assist you for 10-tap test and ask you to send them the 10-tap test and the Proof of Purchase of the region cartridges.....and then wait for the back end team to call you within the next 48 hours.
Posted on Apr 09, 2008
SOURCE: Changing regional settings
Hey Regional setting are only for computer, they does not do anything with the printer setting. Check out the device manager entries if showing the drivers are correctly installed. Also check that you have the right updates for printer from Microsoft.com
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
I've recently moved from the UK to the US and have successfully changed the region on my Deskjet 6840. Your biggest challenge is going to be navigating through HP's awful customer service (as this is the only way to get it done - don't waste time googling for ways to do it yourself).
After frustrating hours with their on-line tech support, and a useless guy telling me that what I was asking couldn't be done (I should just buy a new printer, apparently!), I turned to phone support.
A very helpful guy on their phone support described to me exactly what was needed. However, he said that it was hardly ever done, many of the tech support people had no experience of it, and that he wasn't allowed to do it himself - I would have to be transferred to "Level 2" tech support. As my printer was out of warranty, this was going to cost me around 40 bucks (I forget the exact amount). Or he said, I could try the online support which, he admitted, was a bit of a lottery.
Given I now understood the "HP terminology" to use, I decided to try online support once more. Probably partly due to the clearer technical description I was able to give, and partly because the person I was connected to wasn't a clueless idiot this time, it was finally resolved pretty smoothly.
Total time taken: 4-5 hours - get comfy, try to not get too frustrated, and don't give up!
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
please visit this page and try to solve your problem
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
F388 or F380?
From the manufacturer's web-site:
select your Operating System, and download the device-driver.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
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