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Replacment inks trying to use non oem inks. the printer wont recognise the new cartridges still sating that they are empty . do i need to dwnload any kind of sftware ?.thanks in advance for any help and time.

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Re: replacment inks

Two ways round this one. 1. Download this software install it and learn to use it- it carries out many functions for Epson printers. 2. Prize off the chip on an emptied of original Epson cartridges ans replace the compat chips with the Epson ones. Set the above utility to reset the cartridge chips 0r Purchase from most the the ink supplier a Zip-It chip re-setter. Also take a look at

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