How do you work around the printer not printing b/c it says it is low on ink? I like to print until the bitter end...especially when I don't have a back up cartridge and I need to print something. How do you work around it? Money Making Scheme that it is!
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If the ink cartridges you purchased are not Lexmark - that could be the problem. I used to have a Lexmark printer and I did the same thing - I purchased ink cartridges that were compatible but not Lexmark brand. Everything seemed fine until I tried to print and then I would get the same error sign and low ink message and it would not print. I kept thinking I was doing something else wrong and tried everything. In the end I broke down and got ink cartridges from Lexmark and that solved the problem. Now I have a Brother printer and I never buy anything other than Brother ink cartridges because I'm always afraid of that same thing happening again. I wish I knew which printers WOULD accept those non name brand ink cartridges, but thus far I do not know of any printers that do. Hope this helps you.
The low ink cartridge warning is nothing to worry about. If it prints, it prints. Most modern printer cartridges have a chip on it which lets the printer know when the ink is low. When you run low on ink, it sends a message to the printer which sends a message to the computer telling you to refill the ink. The problem is that it doesn't go away once you refill the ink. It still prints, you just get a notification whenever you want to print. You can still use it up until that new cartridge runs out of ink. :)
Hi, when an ink cartridge runs low in your HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One printer, you will see a message on the printer's display screen. Faded-looking text or pictures also indicate low ink. Ensure print quality by replacing ink cartridges when they run low.
Things You'll Need:
* HP #27 or #56 black, #22 color or #58 color photo print cartridge, or compatible equivalent
Turn printer on if it is off. Never attempt to change the ink cartridge if the printer is off. If it is off, it will not properly position or release ink cartridges, and attempting to change the ink cartridges may damage the printer.
Open the print-carriage door, located on the right side of the printer. The print carriage will automatically move into the access area.
Push down on the top edge of the cartridge you are replacing to pop it out of its slot. Remove the print cartridge and discard or recycle.
Pull off the protective tape on the new print cartridge using the pink tab. Do not touch any part of the cartridge except the black plastic. Touching the contacts or ink nozzles under the protective tape can damage the cartridge and result in poor print quality.
Hold the cartridge upright and push gently forward into the empty ink cartridge slot until it clicks.
GENERAL PRINTER TROUBLESHOOTING ADVISE:
Open the printer and remove the ink. Clean around the ink carriage and
the under the ink with alcohol and a cotton swab. Pay special attention
to areas with copper contacts. If the printer has a cleaning option
either on the printer itself through the menu system or on the computer through the print driver, you can use that afterwards. Some
printers will let you re-run the cleaning utility several times. Keep
in mind too that some printers will not print, even with full ink, if
the exact type of ink it expects you to have is not installed. Double
check that the ink is correct against the manual or written
instructions inside the printer. Not every cartridge that fits the
printer necessarily works.
It is very unlikely that this is a sensor issue. The ink is probably dry or the cartridge itself is clogged. You could get a syringe and possibly inject something into the top of the cartridge to thin the ink,
but unless you literally just installed the cartridge it probably
isn't worth your time. I think there are ink refill kits online for these.
Adding new ink might also help to thin the old ink.
Confirm that the printer is powered on and press the <Open>
button (MP500) or manually pull open the paper output tray
Lift the scanning unit (printer cover) completely. (The print head will move to the replacement position.)
When the scanning unit (printer cover) is opened more than ten minutes,
the print head moves to the right side. If this occurs, close the
scanning unit (printer cover), and open it again.
Open the inner cover.
Unpack the ink tank and pull the orange tape off completely in the direction of the arrow and remove the film.
Note: Tear the orange tape carefully along the dotted line. If the orange tape remains, printing problems may occur.
<4> Tape is completely removed.
<5> Tape remains.
Remove the orange protective cap located on the bottom of the ink tank by twisting as shown in the diagram.
Do not touch the ink tank contact <6>. Doing so may cause
printing problems. Do not squeeze the side of ink tanks as this may
cause the ink to leak out. Do not reattach the protective cap once you
have removed it.
Insert ink tanks into the print head.
NOTE: Press the mark <PUSH> on the ink tank firmly until you hear a click.
Ensure that all the ink tanks are installed properly and the ink tank lamps light red.
Close the inner cover and the scanning unit (printer cover).
CAUTION: When closing the scanning unit (printer cover), be careful not to jam fingers.
Memo: The next printing begins, the print head cleaning will begin automatically.
Ink Tank Lamp indications
You can check the status of each ink tank according to the way its lamp flashes.
- On: The printer is ready to print.
- Slow flashing (at about three second interval): Ink is low. Prepare a new ink tank.
- Fast flashing (at about one second interval): Ink tank is empty, or the printer is not ready due to an error.
- Off: An error has occurred and the printer is not ready to print.
Try to print a self test page from the printer itself, do these:
Press and hold the Cancel and the Color buttons at the same time.
Release both buttons.
The Self Test Report will be printed.
and check if it is the same output, if yes then follow the steps below:
Some of the ink cartridge ink nozzles may be clogged with dry ink. Use the ink cartridge cleaning service to try to clear them. Follow the steps below:
Verify that there is plain white paper in the Input tray.
Press Setup .
Press or to select Tools and then press OK .
Press or to select Clean Print Cartridge and then press OK . The unit prints a test page.
Examine the test page. If the print quality of the page is good, stop here. If the print quality appears to be getting better, run the Clean Print Cartridge utility again
If the self test appears better, Increase the copy quality setting (Normal or Best) and try copying again. If the quality is still poor, continue to the next step.
If the quality is still poor, one or more of the cartridges may be low on ink or empty. Follow the steps below to check the ink levels.
Open HP Solution Center .
Click Settings .
Click Print Settings .
Click Printer Toolbox .
Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab
Replace any ink cartridge that is low on ink.
If the ink levels are not low, clean the cartridge face and electrical contacts at the back of the print carriage.
Open the front of the unit to access the ink cartridges.
After the ink cartridges are at the center, unplug the power cord from the back of the unit, and remove the ink cartridges. The power cord must be removed to ensure that the unit is not damaged during the cleaning process.
Clean the cross-hatched area of the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth that is slightly dampened with clean water to remove any build up. Avoid cleaning the ink cartridge nozzle plate. Cleaning this area can force foreign matter into the ink nozzles and plug them.
With a soft lint free cloth slightly dampened with clean water, clean the copper-colored contacts on the back of the ink cartridges.
Allow the cartridges to dry before reinserting them.
Close the unit, and plug the power cord back in.
Print a self-test page to check the results. Follow the steps below to print a self-test page.
Press Setup .
Press or until Print Report displays and then press OK .
Press or until Self-Test Report displays and then press OK . The self-test report prints.
If the problem is not corrected by cleaning the ink cartridges, replace the ink cartridge(s).
IF THE SELF TEST REPORT IS CLEAN, THEN TRY TO PRINT FROM ANOTHER SOFTWARE LIKE PAINT, NOTEPAD AND IF THE OUTPUT IS OK THEN THE PROBLEM IS ON THE SOFTWARE THAT YOU ARE USING