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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Re: Ink cartridges full but come up empty.
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.
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Are you sure its exclamation mark?.. This warning message related to print head. (warn out). When you are replacing ink tube assembly use dummy print heads to do the priming (new ink tubes are empty & they have to fill with ink).. Action: Remove all cartridges and print heads, switch on the printer follow the screen message.(Insert cartridges first next dummy print heads).once its recognizes cartridges then it switch over to print heads,insert dummy print heads. Once printer recognized the dummy print heads, printer will perform priming, during priming dummy print heads will filled with respective inks.(follow the display message)Remove dummy print heads & insert normal print heads. Wait till printer recognizes print heads, load the paper & wait till performs the calibration, once calibration is successfully done issue closed. If calibration not successfully done, check align print out for which print head is not printed properly, replace it.. Pl ensure that minimum 50% ink levels required in cartridges before performing the priming. Best of luck..
You can't really "shut off" the color ink with this printer, but you can trick it. If you rarely or never print in color you can put in a full black cartridge and keep your empty color cartridge in the printer. As long as the electronics are still good on the color cartridge your printer will print and won't use any color. You can also set your printer properties to greyscale.
Printer doesn't identify the ink accurately all these are controlled by software only.So it is showing your black cartridge is empty but trace amount of ink actually remained,by this you are getting black and white prints correctly.After the consumption of that trace amount of ink it may print black text as a greenish-brown because printing taking place only by means of color cartridges.So if you observed blurred text or greenish-brown text, now you can replace your ink cartridges.
Remove the color cartridges. On one end you can see the opaque ink tank inside the main cart. housing. Cut a piece of black electrical tape to fit around the three sides visible of the ink tank. Make sure the tape fits inside the housing and adheres to the tank itself. This makes the printer think your ink is always full but you can always tell when you need to refill/replace the ink(right?). Good Luck!
epson printers won't really print if one cartridge is not detected or detected as empty. the only option that i can suggest to you is that, buy a continous ink kit at any ink refilling station in your place. i highly recommend that dont leave a cartridge empty with ink cause it might clog your printhead. using a continous ink system's cartridge is auto reset, whenever the printer says that the cartridge is empty, it will automatically resets itself. ink refill kit comes with 100+ml of ink per color i think. and it is much cheaper using original epson ink.
Hello, I found this in a repair manual for the MP830. summery is to press and hold the stop/reset button for 5 or more seconds. I copied the info from the manual too.
The remaining ink amount
 (Applicable ink tank icon)
The remaining level of the following ink cannot be
An ink tank which has once been empty is
installed. Replace the applicable ink tank with
a new one.
Printing with a once-empty or refilled ink
tank can damage the print head.
If printing is continued without replacing the
refilled ink tank, press the Stop/Reset button
for 5 sec. or longer to record the use of a
refilled ink tank.
After the above operation, the function to
detect the remaining ink amount is disabled.
Unfortunately, like most multi cartridge ink jet printers when one ink is empty the printer will cease printing regardless of whether you just want to print in black and white and you have plenty of black ink left.
I have heard of people tricking the printer into believing the cartridge is full by placing coloured tape etc in front of the ink sensing device but I am not sure how the Brother senses the ink levels as i have some aftermarket ink cartridges for mine which seem to be completely non-opaque (unlike the originals).
The need to have colour cartridges in even if you only ever print with black ink is good news for Brother as the MFC-210c uses a large amount of ink during it's routine cleaning cycles (that you cant stop) and will empty all 3 cartridges in under 6 months without ever printer a single drop of colour ink.
Sorry about all the bad news, at least your not alone......