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Ink cartridge error

I just put in new ink and the error check ink cartridge light keeps coming on

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Re: ink cartridge error

Check the date on your ink cartridge.  I bet it has expired.  If you put in a "new"cartridge but it is even an HP one with an older date, it may not work.
I had my printer stop in the middle of a print job.  It was printing fine and suddenly would not print.  So I refilled the cartridge with an ink kit I had on hand and reinserted it--no go!  Then I opened a remanufactured cartridge I had bought some time ago and inserted it.  No go, despite the fact I could see ink coming from the jets.  I finally gave up and bought a new HP ink cartridge, and it worked just fine.  But it bugged me why the new one would work and the other two that seemed just fine would not.

Later I learned that HP has a chip that reads the expiration date on the cartridges and that is what keeps those old ones from printing.  I found one trick of setting my date on my computer back to a year earlier than the exp date on the cartridge.  I saw the date on the remanufactured one I had tried earlier was 2005, so I set my computer date to today's date but year 2004.  After forcing me to do print alignments several times and take the remanufactured cartridge out and put it back, I got it to print just fine.  And that 2005 cartridge that would not work earlier is what I am printing with right now.

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Re: ink cartridge error

Can you say if you followed the correct procedure to change the cartridge?

The printer does NOT detect the level of ink, it estimates the level from the amount of printing you've done.

If you followed the correct procedure then the level tally will reset.

If you changed the cartridge while the printer was off and moved the carrier by hand then the printer will not know it has a new cart.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

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