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Refill instructions for lexmark 23 & 24

I hace a x3550 lexmark and cant seem to find refill instructions for them. Please help

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    I was going to refill my Lexmark X3550 myself but cannot for the life of me, work out where to inject the ink. Anyone have any idea? There quite simply is no soft part to put the needle into.

  • Anonymous Jun 01, 2008

    How do you reset the software as it still detects cartridge level low and wants to use colour cartridge instead

  • gmeddy Aug 18, 2008

    in response to "under the sticker there's a trail leading to the refill spot, black obviously only has one..."

    Black actually has 3 just the same as the colour cart. Should i asume that i can inject black into any of the 3???

  • classacct Mar 25, 2009

    I have a similar problem with #23 and 24 for the x4550. I bought an aftermarket refilled cartridge and the printer keeps saying cartridge error, wrong cartridge and won't let me print. Has anyone else had this problem and found any solution.



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Lexmark has an interesting development with their inkjet cartridges which they began some years ago with toner cartridges. A court decision required Lexmark to allow their cartridges to be refilled. However, Lexmark would naturally prefer that you only buy from Lexmark. Thus, Lexmark has developed the following system:

  • Lexmark offers for sale two different versions of the same cartridge:
  • The regular version (#23, #24, #28, #29, #41, #42) is not refillable. It is the "Return Program" or "Prebate" cartridge. Supposedly, when you buy this cartridge you agree to return the empty cartridge to Lexmark. In return, Lexmark gives you roughly $5 off the retail list price of the cartridge.
  • The "A" version (#23A, #24A, #28A, #29A, #41A, #42A) can easily be refilled. However, the price of the cartridge is roughly $5 higher than the regular version, so most people unknowingly buy the regular version.

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1. Peel the label off of the top of the cartridge.
2. See the squiggly lines leading to small holes.
3. Drill the holes larger using a 1/16th inch drill.
4. Hold the cartridge so the contacts are away from you. NEVER touch the contacts with your fingers.
5. The top hole is Magenta (red). You can insert a syringe needle into the hole and test the color if you are doubtful. Left is Yellow and Right is Cyan (blue).
6. Fill a syringe with the appropriate color and insert it into the cartridge until it is at the bottom. Lift the syringe back out until it is halfway between the bottom and the top. SLOWLY inject the ink (about 6 to 8 ml) into the cartridge, too fast and you will trap air inside. Watch the hole and when the ink starts to come out remove about 1/2 ml of ink.
7. Clean your syringe and repeat this process with the other colors.
8. Verify ink flow by pressing the ink head against a wet paper towel. You should see three solid lines of color.
9. Replace the label and install the cartridge into your printer.
10. Print a test page and run a cleaning cycle if print results are unsatisfactory.

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Ok i have the solution to this, it's taken a while to sort out but it works.

The printer only "remembers" the current cartridge, so even if you refil this cartridge it will not register as full and you will still get those annoying messages.
Doing a uninstall and re install also does NOT rectify the problem...... it is still remembering that cartridge.
The only way around the problem is to have a spare cartridge for each of the black and colour. When you see the ink low warning, simply take the cartridge out of the printer and replace with the spare re filled one, obviously don't throw the one you have taken out away.

Once you have installed your spare, do a print allignment page and you will find everything back to normal.
Only once so far has the software tried to tell me that the replaced cartridge was low when it was in fact full, however it kept on printing for weeks still showing low on the screen......... Lexmark don't you just love emmm....... NOT !


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You can not as far as I am aware fill these cartridges and get them to work, the printer will see them as empty and cancel the print. I have tried many solutions and still unable to trick the printer into thinking they are a new refilled cartridge. I have tried all the tricks mentioned in other forums such as taping over certain contacts on the cartridge but this does not work also.

If anyone has the answer please let us know so I can put this one to rest.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • ronathon Feb 04, 2011

    My roommate's X 4550 only remembers last cart installed. To re-fill these carts, two carts each color needed. When carts need re-filled, rotate stored one ones into printer and wall-ah! print away. I B on my way to purchase second color cart.



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