Question about Canon PIXMA iP4200 InkJet Photo Printer
I bought compatable tanks for my pixma iP4200 and stuck the chips from the original tanks onto them carefully, making sure I had the right colour chips on the right tanks. One of the buttons on the printer was flashing seven times which suggested that I had all the right chips, but in the wrong places. After contacting the compatables' supplier he told me the chips need to be in exactly the right place because of a "laser" which reads them. I have rechecked and I am sure they are in the same place as on the originals. I have since installed this printer to a new computer and it will not install, now telling me I have two or more yellow cartridges in the machine when I try to perform the print alignment. It will not let me install untill I have done the alignment. Any ideas - it is still flashing up a 7 flash signal.
I installed genuine canon replacement cartridges and have the same problem i.e. seven flashes, duplicate yellow cartridge.
Worked fine after install and for a while, then started this ****.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
Guys...try to save a few bucks on crappy cartridges...
The chips are not read by lasers. That was a load. There are contacts in the carriage assembly for thses chips.
First, if you put a chip that says empty onto a new cartridge, what do you get? A new cartridge that still says empty. The chip has to be reset, if it can be. Some internet sites sell "Kits" for resetting the chips.
If the reset doesn't work, and just buggers up the chip, you'll get results much like what you are describing.
Also, if the chip is damaged in some way during transfer or resetting, you'll also get mixed results much like what you are describing.
You get what you pay for. If you want to use crap cartridges or crap ink, buy a crap generic machine. If you're buying a decent machine like a Canon, spend the extra couple of bucks for the OEM ink, it's worth it.
Posted on Dec 30, 2007
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