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After refilling cartidge it still says it is empty

I refilled my black cartidge on my wifi lexmark z1420. After replacing it, the printer says that I am out of black ink. It is full and I cleaned the contacts, it releases ink, but since the printer thinks that I am out of ink it will not print. I even tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it, no go. Do I need a ink reset tool if so where can I find one of these. I do not want to buy another cartidge, it is such a waste of money.

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  • eldiablo2008 Feb 07, 2008

    I have a z1480 (same as 1420) wifi and all. It does the job but since cartridge are so expensive i tried refilling them & it works, it prints...for now.

    The problems is with these intolerable warnings that i am out of ink, they drive me nuts. I've read somewhere that there is a chip inside the printer (not on the head) that basically holds the info & won't give up until a new ink cartridge is installed. Reinstalling the software don't work because of that & i am always afraid that it will just block the printings one of these days.

    If anyone has any info on how to get rid of these warnings, pls help.

    Thanx :)

  • bluedog23 Feb 13, 2008

    same prob

  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    How do you reset the cartridges after refilling them?? Is there a chip resetter avaliable for this printer??

  • wwefanatic24 Aug 08, 2008

    i have a lexmark x2500 and it is saying the same thing, that there is no black ink. I know there is because i just filled it, what do i do now?

  • kierinsky Aug 12, 2008

    Same problem! I found one site
    that shows someone covering up certain copper contacts. When I
    did this, the printer did not even recognize that there was a
    cartridge. I even spoke to someone at Lexmark and he told me that
    the cartridge is not reading the ink properly. I responded by
    saying "I know that you're a big company and it needs to make
    money". He said that it had nothing to with money (yeah
    right!) and that Lexmark cartridges don't "work" well after
    refilling. He's basically saying that this planned obsolescence
    wasn't planned. It reminds of this quick online movie called Story of Stuff.

    Anyone know how to overide the software for this product so that it doesn't measure the ink every time?



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IB4G2008: Do u actually have a solution or a better driver for this printer OR are u just out to promote your site?

Your solution is not helping & if u think it is, pls oh pls,let me know of a DIRECT link for it, as i havent found anything that makes the problem better, nor a better driver for that particular printer.

Pls advise.


Posted on Mar 01, 2008

  • eldiablo2008 Mar 02, 2008


    After a lot of fine tunning, i finally found a way to bypass the low ink, out of original ink, etc., messages. Here goes:

    Go to 'control panel'. - select 'printers & faxes' - right click the 1400 series printer - select 'properties' - select the 'advanced' tab - uncheck any checked boxes on the bottom part of the screen (first up is 'hold mismatched documents), that one & the 3 others under MUST BE UNCHECKED to work - then check 'print directly to the printer' option. Close everything & restart computer. If you get an error message it must be because you haven't unchecked all 4 boxes i told you to before.

    So, this will bypass the ink check, for some reason it does so while spooling the document you wanna print, i'm no programming wiz so don't ask me how! ;)

    This has a downfall: since spooling is disabled & documents are printed directly to the printer, your program may stop responding for the duration of the printing, especially if the document is huge, like graphics. You may not feel it if it is mostly text.

    It's a downfall but it's WAY better than having to deal with the EXTREMELY annoying boxes telling you are out of ink. Since i bought this printer 2 months ago i've been trying to find ANY info on how to shut the hell up this printer. I haven't. This is the closest i've come to peace, & since cartridges are so darn expensive... What a racket!

    Next step would be for somebody to reverse engineer the printer drivers to bypass the annoying messages, & i am not the man to do it. And i believe this will work with any of the 1400 series that uses the same drivers (z1400-1410-1420-1480).

    Hope this help!

    Ciao :)



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No worries..start by getting new driver for that here

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