Machine does not recognize refilled office max cartridge (black)
I refilled an office max cartridge which was in the machine, after refilling and putting it back into the printer, my orange copy light is flashing, and the message says check black ink cartridge. I have removed the cartridge and reinstalled it, ran the maintainence check, the printer works fine, however the flashing light continues. help!
Re: machine does not recognize refilled office max...
try to clean the cartridge on the copper side with tissue with and alcohol maybe the contact points doesnt meet or the cartidge itself is already defective. try also use an empty good cartridge just to to determine wich cartridge is defective.
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Most HP cartridges have what's called an ACCUM chip, which doesn't care about the actual ink level, it counts how many milliliters (or droplets) have gone through the head to determine when it's "empty" and therefore refilling doesn't do anything, the accum still says the cartridge is empty.
You need to have both black and color cartridges installed with functioning electronics to use your printer. Sounds like your original color cartridge and the refilled color cartridge you purchased both have bad electronics. I recommend Cartridge World or Office Depot for cartridge refills because they electrically screen their cartridges before selling them. You need to buy either a new or refilled color cartridge for your printer to work.
You used one of the worst refill services available. There's a reason they have a flat rate for refills, they use non cartridge specific inks, don't clean out the cartridge, and have a machine not a person do the thinking and the work for them. You will have similar failure on cartridges refilled by Walgreens, Office Max, and cheap online refills. I suggest Cartridge World first then Office Depot for refills. They have high quality standards and recycle your cartridges by refilling them.
If you mean the HP DeskJet F380 cartridges (the HP 21 and HP 22 cartridges) you will have unreliable success refilling these cartridges either yourself or online, at Costco, Office Max, and Walgreens. These refillers generally don't have fantastic quality control or knowledge of printer cartridges. I suggest Cartridge World or Office Depot refills. If you mean the HP Photosmart C8180 (the HP 02 cartridges) refilling them is easy but you need to replace the chip on the cartridge for it to work in your printer. As long as a refilled cartridge has a new chip it should work in your machine. Again I recommend Cartridge World or Office Depot refills.
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).
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
I've encountered this same problem, it could be that the ink cartridges that you have installed in the printer are either running low or out of ink.
I had the problem also and found that after I swapped out my cartridges with new ones that I purchased the blinking yellow light on the Alarm and the black and color cartridge.
If you do not want to purchase new ink cartridges to correct the problem you can can open the lid to your multifunction and remove the ink cartridges and place them in separate plastic sandwich bags and take them to any office supply store; Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and tell an employee there that you have run out of the ink and that you would want to have the cartridges refilled.
I actually went to an Office Max in Houston with my cartridges and they told me it would be cheaper to have them refilled than to purchase a new set of cartridges; that after I looked online and compared what they charged for new cartridges actually saved me $40 to have the one's I already had refilled.