Question about Printers & Copiers

2 Answers

Refilling ink cartridges

I have an HP c4240 printer, using HP 74 black ink cartridges. I recently bought a do-it-yourself cartridge refill package, but my cartridge was not listed. When I took the cartridge to Walgreen's, they could not refill it either. Can I improvise on this cartidge and try to fill it myself anyway?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 200 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Printers & C... Expert
  • 307 Answers
Re: refilling ink cartridges

Costco and Fry's Electronics (along with a few Best Buy Canada stores) utilize the BEST industrial refilling equipment found in the world today. With over 1800 trained personnel in USA/Canada/Mexico and some UK stores you will get a high quality refill while you shop, with typically 10-20% extra ink volume in each refill at a fraction of the cost compared to an OEM ink cartridge.
Costco Ink Refill Price List:

Please visit for any other inkjet printer refill support questions or general printing problems you may encounter:

Posted on Jul 25, 2013

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 84 Answers
Re: refilling ink cartridges

hp74a.jpg HP #74 Cartridge Refill Instructions
Black cartridge

1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.
2. Peal off the top label. hp74b.jpg
3. Fill the syringe with 20ml. of black ink.
4. Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject ink into any hole (they all go to the same sponge, HP just used the same color mold for the black ink cartridges).
5. When finished, replace the top label or leave it off (it will make no difference in the printing).
6. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages: for Black

For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.
A Refill Kit should include Ink plus the following:
One 30cc Syringe

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Ink refill costco hp printer C4780

When you get an HP integrated ink cartridge refilled (i.e. HP 60, 61, 74, 75, 901, 92-98....currently offered at Costco today) or if you buy a remanufactured/compatible HP ink cartridge, the ink levels cannot be reset (HP has a smart chip embedded within the nozzle plate at base of ink cartridge which counts the drops and then registers as empty) you'll just need to live with it and ignore 'ink low', 'non-genuine', 'counterfeit' messages and similar while you are using these types of aftermarket supplies. The first video below provides an overview of the 'low ink' phenomena, the 2nd video provides suggested cartridge prep/handling instructions when you return the cartridge for refilling:

HP 74, 75, 74XL, 75XL Cartridges - Solving Errors & Warnings:

Ink Refilling & Cartridge Care Tips - Everything you need to know:

If the new (or refilled/reman/compatible) HP 74, 75, 74XL, or 75XL ink cartridge refuses to complete the printer alignment following cartridge installation, then the ink cartridge either has a connectivity issue with the flexible printed circuit cable (inside unit where cartridge mates with cable), rear cartridge contacts or cable contacts are dirty with ink residue, or the cartridge is suffering from marginal internal electrical performance. If you run into a problem where the ink cartridge is performing marginally and blocks printing (via the Red X), you can bypass the error message (usually only 1 time per clearing action):

HP Photosmart 4200-4500 5200-5500 Printers -Cartridge Error Bypass (HP 74-75 Cartridges):

HP Officejet J5700/J6400 Printers -Cartridge Error Bypass (HP 74-75 Cartridges):

These types of severe cartridge errors (i.e. "refer to documentation" / "incompatible cartridges", "print cartridge(s) problem", etc.) typically indicates the internal micro-electronics of the HP #74/75 cartridge are damaged. The cartridge's electrical wire runs at rear and lower side of the ink cartridge, are very delicate and are somewhat susceptible to ink attack over time, which can lead to premature failures. In addition, the older the cartridge the higher the chance of an internal electrical failure. You can also run a 'Tap 41' diagnostic test to check cartridges electrical health (this is a forced test).....go to for more information on your specific printer model.

Feb 16, 2013 | HP Photosmart C4580 All-in-One InkJet...

1 Answer

Printer will not accept new cartridges. Printer is new and wants original cartridges to initialize ink system. Original cartridges are not availible. Tryed reset but did not work.

HP printers will not accept refilled cartridges. Are you trying to replace your empty cartridges with refilled cartridges? There is a computer chip in the ink cartridge that tells the printer when it is out of ink. If you try and refill it yourself, the printer will not recognize that it has been refilled without replacing the computer chip in it.

I think your printer is telling you that it needs HP brand cartridges that are original and not refilled cartridges. There is no way to "reset" an hp printer to get it to use an off brand or refilled cartridge that has not had the chip changed.

You can pick up a good refilled cartridge at a professional company who knows about changing the chip for less then a third of the regular price of an HP cartridge in a department store. However, HP does not want you to use refilled cartridges and should something go wrong with your computer and they find out that you were using them they will void your warranty on your printer.

If you are not trying to replace HP brand cartridges with refilled or off brand versions, I suggest your return them to where you bought them and exchange them. They may be defective cartridges.

Hope this helps?

Nov 11, 2010 | HP C6250 InkJet Printer

2 Answers

Just installed refilled black ink cartridge on hp

By using refilled cartridges you will always have this problem. Each cartridge has a chip that lets the printer know when it is full or empty. By pressing the ok button you may be able to clear this message. However, most of the time you can still be able to print and ignore the message.

May 28, 2010 | HP Deskjet D4260 Printer

1 Answer

My HP photosmart c4280 keeps aligning the cartridge when on!

probably the alignment its not succeed
be cause on of color is missing
check if you see and the 4 colors on paper (yellow cyan magenta black)
if one color is try cleaning , refilling or replacing the cartridge 
if you need instructions for refilling check here

May 01, 2010 | HP Photosmart C4240 All-In-One InkJet...

1 Answer


I do not recommend home refill kits, there is much more involved in making refills work than just injecting more ink into the cartridge. I recommend Cartridge World for ink refills because they make sure you get the manufacturer specified amount of ink and make sure that the cartridges print before selling them to you. You can get cartridges for 20-35% off the cost of original HP brand.

Jan 05, 2010 | HP Photosmart C4180 All-In-One InkJet...

2 Answers

Used refilled cartridges in HP All-in-One J5750. Even w/ a new, HP cartridge, it errors out too: "Cartridge on left (color) must be replaced." Now the printer doesn't work w/ any cartridges - new or...

Try cleaning with a wet towel the contacts in your printer
probably have ink on contacts and nan not read your cartridges
it is the metal pins ,the point that cartridges are getting in

Nov 02, 2009 | HP Officejet J5780 All-In-One InkJet...

3 Answers

Cartridge error hp officejet j6480 generic cartridge

I own one of these printers and refill cartridges for a living. When you get this problem its best to return the cartridge for another, thats what I do for my customers.

When buying re-manufactured cartridges its best to buy from a local store and ask about there return policy before making your first purchase.

If you are buying from a reputable re-manufacturer then this will be a very rare problem. It happens with genuine HPs too.

BTW this printer uses HP 74 & 75 inks. when buying re-manufactured buy the HP 74xl which gives (according to HP) 750 printers compared to 200 from the HP74. Remanufactured HP75s are fill to HP75xl capacity.

Sep 21, 2009 | HP Printers & Copiers

1 Answer

How do I refill my # 75 & # 99 ink cartrige for c4240 HP photo smart printer?

visit this link & get an idea of refilled cartridges for sale plus you will also get ishops same no. bu witten as COMPATIBLE. If you are frequent user of this printer then you could go in for refilled pack, but if you use it occassionaly then better to replace with original ink cartridge

Apr 05, 2009 | HP Photosmart C4240 All-In-One InkJet...

7 Answers

HP Deskjet F4280 Ink Level

when you refill the cardtridge, you can not reset the ink level... because refilling doesn't show the ink levels.. you no need to worry. if ink is there in the carttridge it will print...
Shouldn't worry about it. They are only a rough guide. The only time to worry about it is when the printer stops working and it has told you it's run out of ink! Thank you.......

Jan 29, 2009 | Printers & Copiers

2 Answers

Printer will not recognize refilled black HP cartridge (#74)

Try to get your printer to recognize the new cartridge; go to start - printer and faxes -right click on printer - preferences (printing preferences) -settings -load factory settings. Print test page Ctrl+P

Please post if that worked.

Dec 03, 2008 | HP DeskJet 5150 InkJet Printer

Not finding what you are looking for?
Printers & Copiers Logo

Related Topics:

909 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Printers & Copiers Experts


Level 3 Expert

94039 Answers

old marine
old marine

Level 3 Expert

1301 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Are you a Printer and Copier Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides