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The Lexmark S405 printer requires all cartridges to have ink in them to continue printing.
The 100/100XL cartridges are not licensed to be
refilled. You can, however, refill the 100A or 100XLA cartridges available on
the Lexmark website at http://www.lexmark.com. You should be
aware that a refilled cartridge will not be able to report its ink level, and
you might not get the print quality you expect from ink that is specially
formulated by Lexmark to pass through microscopic nozzles at extremely high
You cannot refill lexmark ink cartridges successfully suggest you buy the original as you are not easily going to find generics good luck try and buy the high yield cartridge at least 200-300 pages extra depending on the model
I own a Cartridge World ink refilling store and I can't refill the Lexmark 36 and 37 cartridges. Your printer deactivates the electronics on this cartridge when the ink levels get low. Your printer needs a black and a color cartridge with functioning electronics to print. I NEVER recommend Lexmark printers. They are poorly made, don't accept refills easily, and have the most expensive ink across manufacturers and it is designed to clog your cartridge unless you use it quickly. If you keep this machine you are stuck buying Lexmark brand ink (the return program cartridges are a little cheaper though).
Lexmark printers are notorious for over-inking. Probably the most efficient inkjet printer I've owned is an HP (any HP inkjet model). What has become quite popular as of late are refill machines at the local office supply stores. I have my cartridges refilled for less than half the price of new cartridges. Staples and Office Max both have great refill machines, and often have a reserve of pre-refilled (recucled) cartridges that they sell. I do not know your region, but most of the larger office supply stores have these great machines.
Also, if you color print on regular paper a lot, the ink soaks (bleeds) into the paper fibre and tends to waste a lot of ink. If you do not have a largfe office supply store near you, you can purchase refill kits and refill them yourself.(which can be messy, but effective).
Yes, Lexmark has been making their new printers smarter to reject refilled cartridges. Most likely what is happening is your printer is turning off the electronics on the cartridge when it gets empty so you can't reuse that cartridge. I own a Cartridge World printer cartridge refilling store and I've even had customers return original Lexmark cartridges because their printers have rejected them. If you want to be able to refill your cartridges never buy a Lexmark printer. HP printers that use integrated print head cartridges can be refilled nicely.
Only buy genuine Lexmark printer cartridges. If you go cheap & buy a generic refill, it will leak and gum up your printer. It will destroy your printer.
After getting the new cartridge, you simply pop out the old cartridge and pop in the new one.
There are a couple ways to trick it into accepting the cartridge. You can put a different one in, take it out and then put the filled one in. Or you can find a refill kit with instructions on what contacts to cover with tape and you have to do it 2 or 3 times to get the printer to reset. Sometimes you can shut off the computer and printer for 20 min and start it up again. Or you can get the sledge hammer and smash the stupid printer before it sucks up your life savings and vow never to buy from a company that profits from causing problems that they tell you can only be solved by using more of their overpriced solutions.
Lexmark and Dell use a sensor in the cartridge to sense a low ink level. Once the sensor has been activated, you cannot reset it. The printer should work fine except for the fact that you'll have to override the "low ink" message on your computer.
Manufacurers don't make money on printer hardware. All the money is made from ink replacement, so they make it as difficult as possible to use anything other than the stuff you buy from them. Some (HP) put in chips for an "expiration" of the ink/toner. Go beyond the expiration date, the thing won't work.