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If you are able to produce a self test print, this is good since it illustrates that the cartridges are electrically stable...if you observe any 'E' or 'V' error states (i.e. "E xx" or "V162" for example), this may indicate there is possibly an internal electrical problem with one of the ink cartridges. Refer to your user guide if E/V error messages are displayed.
If, after following the suggested ink monitoring/level reset procedures, you still have an error condition which prohibits regular printing, then the ink cartridge probably has internal electrical damage (micro-electronics failure); such a failure is unrelated to the ink cartridge refilling process. Typically, when the cartridge fails the problem is 'masked' by the ink out/empty condition so it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. Many cartridges eventually do encounter problems or failures, especially after their original ink is gone and they are re-used, and this is often unrelated to the refill process (i.e. typically ~2 years from original manufacturing date). Refer to picture at bottom of this page: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1533
If, following a reset of the printer via the 'Stop/Resume' button, printing is permitted but the 'Ink Low' indicator continues to be lit then one of the inks cartridges may be suffering from marginal internal electrical performance - a potential failure of the cartridge may eventually occur which will prevent printing.
However, if your printer works routinely after inserting a brand new PGI-40 black ink cartridge in it, then this will confirm root cause of failure as being limited to the ink cartridge iteslf.
CAUTION: Be advised, the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from overseas) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors and/or permanent PRINTHEAD failures. We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of Canon original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested!
If you ever need to purchase a new ink cartridge(s) and are trying to cut costs, we suggest you try a remanufactured ink cartridge from http://www.inkplicity.com/ as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA, have a high reliability rating, come with a 1-year warranty and provide free shipping for all orders above $20 (these are remanufactured ink cartridges which have been pre-tested in an actual printer; purchases are only available to USA residents).
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the technical information provided herein. For any additional questions please contact us directly: Inkjet411help@gmail.com
This model HP printer may only let you use genuine Canon/Epson printer cartridges. If you try to refill these ink cartridges it will not work because the HP cartridges have an embedded chip in the cartridge that detects the empty cartridge even though it has been refilled.
not-so-tech friendly, installing ink cartridges in printers can be
messy and time-consuming. Although companies such as Canon are
constantly trying to make designs more convenient for all users, there
are still several tips that can help new printer owners install Canon
PG-40 printer cartridges without mess or hassle.
Although many printer cartridges are specific to only a few models, the
Canon PG-40 printer cartridge was designed for use with many models of
the Canon Pixma and even some of the Canon fax machines. As of
September 2010, the Canon PG-40 ink cartridge can be used with the
Pixma iP1600 through iP1800 printers, the iP2600 printer, the MP140
through MP190 printers, the MP210 printer, the MP460 and 470 printers,
the MX300 and MX310 printers and the JX200 and JX210P fax machines.
This versatility allows users to stick with the same type of ink
cartridge over the life of several printers and allows small business offices an opportunity to buy one type of cartridge for all office printing requirements.
Replacing printer cartridges can be expensive and, if it is possible,
as it is with the Canon PG-40, refilling is a cheaper and more
environmentally friendly option. Refill the PG-40 by gathering a 10
cubic centimeter syringe with a 1.5-inch needle, a pair of latex free
gloves, an MIS Yellow Drill Tool, Scotch tape and black ink. Remove the
label from the top of the cartridge and use the yellow drill tool to
open the vent hole that was covered by the label. Next, load the
syringe with 20 CCs of black ink and inject it into the ink hole (where
ink leaves the cartridge for the page.) Make sure the needle reaches
the bottom of the ink tank and then slowly inject the ink into the
cartridge, stopping when the ink begins to well up at the needle
insertion point. Now remove the needle and clean the top of the
cartridge off to avoid color contamination. Put a small strip of Scotch
tape over the vent hole and poke a small hole in the tape with a pin.
Now reinsert the cartridge and run up to three cleaning cycles to
calibrate the printer.
Resetting the Ink Level
While refilling ink in a PG-40 can save money, it can also cause
difficulties when using the automatic ink level sensor. Reset this
sensor by removing the cartridge after the printer has been calibrated
and placing a thin strip of Scotch tape on the line of gold-colored
leads nearest the ink hole on the bottom of the ink cartridge. Replace
the cartridge and wait for the computer
to display a warning about the ink cartridge being loaded incorrectly.
Remove the cartridge and move the tape from the first to the second
level of leads and replace the cartridge. When the PC displays a
message that the cartridge is not recognized, remove the cartridge and
replace without the tape. The ink level will be reset.
Phew! Finally. This one works for my Canon MP140. Follow all instructions completely or it won't work....
Power off the printer Hold the stop/reset button then press and hold power (for 5 secs) Hold Power and release the stop/reset button Press the stop/reset button twice Relase power button Wait until the power button lights a steady/still green, press the stop/reset button three times with a 3 sec space between each press. On the 3rd press the inicator should be orange. Press the power button to set data To set data remove cartridges then replace. leave for 20 or 30 secs Press the power button again to shut down Then press power button to power up. The printer will feed one piece of paper through then set language and counrty. Then ink should be reset