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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?
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
Costco Ink Refill Price List:
Please visit Inkjet411.com for any other inkjet printer refill support questions or general printing problems you may encounter:
Posted on Jul 25, 2013
HP #74 Cartridge
1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.
2. Peal off the top label.
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:
http://www.refillinstructions.com/black.htm 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
Tips for a great answer:
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).....so 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:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5ISTGyScWU
Ink Refilling & Cartridge Care Tips - Everything you need to know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXoDIblpdU
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
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 www.inkjet411.com for more information on your specific printer model.
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