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Ink cartridges full but come up empty.

The following is the weight of each cartridge and the amount of ink as per the GX3050 printer.
Black 208 gr Full
Red 207 gr Empty
Yellow 206 gr Empty
Cyan 188 gr Half Full.

I have only printed about 20 pages.

The cartridges before did not last too long either, but I don't have the exact statistics. We have had the printer for about a year but it reads out of ink so soon that it is too expensive to use. I don't think these were really out of ink. If I could get a chip resetter then I could use them until they are really empty. Have not found one yet. What to do?

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  • thgolding Feb 07, 2009

    I am using other printers. I bought the Ricoh after having read a lab report that it was the most economical from an ink consumption point of view. May be true except when it reads out of ink when it is not out of ink. I suppose it bothers me to have paid a few hundred dollars for a well built workhorse and not to be able to use it.

  • thgolding Feb 07, 2009

    It is a Ricoh GX3050N. True you cannot expect the first set to last too long. The second set did not last what I thought it should have. The third set is the one on my post of 02/04/2009. The cartridges go for about $45 each so that is $180 for a set of 4. So far that is $360 in ink for the printer that was the highest rated for being economical for ink consumption.

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Hi..the best solution to this problem
is by cleaning.so u first clean the catridge.
It will definitely workout.This is the main reason
for the problem.This will solve ur issue.
Try this out.
thank u..

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

  • Hariharanath V Feb 09, 2009

    hi..it is a better solution that you give ur

    printer for a service.

    try this out..

    thanks..

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Unplug and replug the cartridges back in and also if you haven't tried uninstalling and reinstall the printer software you can also try that just to make sure this is not a software problem...

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Hi as u know that purchasing a new cartridge will cost u more everytime... so its better see to that u purchase a more economical printer which will work for longer duration and costs u less...

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Typically the ink that come with it out of the box, is usually half full or less, but the new ones should be full.

Is the printer connected via network or is it through paralle or USB ( connected directy)

If its directly connected you should be able to use the software to view the ink and be able to change the settings.

If its networked, you can IP into it by typing its IP address into the explorer address bar. Then you will go into it internal management which would allow you to make changes directly.

Also check for updates and be sure there arent any out there that need to be installed.

Also, are the ink cartdridges made by the same people who made the printer or are they knock offs?

What is the Brand and model of the printer?

Typically small home printers have expensive ink and you pay more for them than the printer, thats how they make all the money, they sell you a cheap printer thining its a good deal, then you find out later the ink is $50 or more.

I work on Dell,Lexmark and HPs and I find HP makes better quality. Dell printers are made by lexmark and lexmark stinks so stay away from those.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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Try cleaning cartage head using a thinner and also clean printer rod.
and let me know.
Thanks

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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    rockfixya Feb 04, 2009

    please let me know for further assistance.
    Thanks for using FixYa.



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The best thing you can do is go buy a new printer. you can buy one brand new for 40.00 and have one you can use thats not going to be expensive to use

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

  • Ronnie Houston Feb 07, 2009

    buy a new printer unless you want to keep going through ink like this.lexmark is pretty good and is about 40.00 new and the ink does last alot longer that i can promise you

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