Question about Lexmark X5495 Printer
I have had Lexmark printers for years and have always refilled the cartridges.
Recently I acquired a Lemark X2550. When the colour cartridge ran out ( or at least when the printer s/w told me it had run out and wouldn't let me print anything in colour) I refilled the cartridge . However the printer did not seem to recognise this and insisted that the cartridge needed replacing which I had to do eventually and everything then worked fine.
Has Lexmark come up with some clever system that stops cartridges being refilled - in this case a 29 - and forces the purchase of a replacement?
I just ordered a Lexmark X5495. The carts that come with it are throw aways (or return them to Lexmark to be remaned.) You can use cart. # 28a, 29a, 34 or 35 to refill, the latter two being the high yield carts. And yes the printer manufacturers are playing a cat and mouse game with us. I normally use Epson because it's easier to circumvent the tricks they employ. I understand Canon is an inexpensive printer to run also. HP and Lexmark are the costliest products to operate. There is a utility for Epson called SSC ver. 4.30 that gets around the safeguards by resetting the cart. chips and a whole lot more. Someone needs to write a utility for HP and Lexmark to replace the standard driver/ink monitors that are designed to siphon off our wallets quicker than they do ink. One more trick I've heard: when the printer is looking for a new cart have a spare cart handy and put it in in the printer. The printer will now think you have ink in the cart.(whether its empty or full) Now trying swapping it out for a refilled cart and see if that works. The point is this: the printer wants to see a new cart serial# ,not the same one that was just being used last.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
No...it doesn't disable the cartridge...but it knows whether or not you put a new one in. You should probably try buying refills. They're less of a mess, and they replace things like chips that will cheat the printers.
Posted on Oct 29, 2007
I just bought the x2550 as well and it's a scam, when u buy the printer the box reads that it comes with both a black and a colour cartrdge, and it does,what it doesn't tell you is that they are only temporary.When they run out you have to install new ones.I don't know if this is the case with all of the cartdges or just the ones that come with the printer as I havn't had to replace the ones I bought. I'm pretty sure it is just and issue with the ones that come with the printer.
Posted on Jun 13, 2008
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