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Can you turn off the ink level functions on a Kodak 5500 printer?

Is there a way to shut off the ink level tracking on a Kodak 5500 all in one printer? When one cartridge runs low, it disables the whole printer, forcing you to replace the cartridge. This is a little ridiculous considering the color cartridge contains a black ink chamber. And if the color cartridge runs low you have to change it even if only 1 out of the 5 chambers has run out.
I know the cartridges are cheaper, but when you can siphon out enough ink from an "empty" cartridge to refill another cartridge twice, it just seems a bit too wasteful to me.

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  • nosp4m Feb 22, 2009

    My Kodak 5500 does the same thing. It seems good old Kodak company is not as an ethical a company as we would like.

  • Dianalyn Mar 11, 2009

    Thanks for your input, but it does not cost less. I'm on my third printhead already, kodak does not send replacement ink after the first go around either. So when you compare the amount of ink used to do a basic cleaning, calibration, deep cleaning, etc. I've actually spent more money on Kodak ink than any other printer I've owned.
    You can't ignore that the technology for the printhead is incredible, but it is still a work in progress. Hopefully it will progress quickly!
    Just a tip for any users; printing in draft mode uses the same amount of ink as printing in normal mode. And yeilds the same quality in the print as well.



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According to a recent report by PC World, you must change it and there is no way arond it. It still turns out to cost less.

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