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This machine uses a Reset Gear to instruct the printer it has a new cartridge. The Starter Cartridge that comes with the machine does not have this gear attached to it so refilling the cartridge without installing and resetting the gear will not allow you to print normally.
If you are using a store bought cartridge that you have since refilled you can reset the gear to tell the printer it is a new cartridge.
Regarding your HP Officjet Pro 8600 printer and refilled HP 950/951 ink cartridges and the "low ink" messages. Depending on your ink refiller (or if you did it yourself?), a replacement chip may or may not have been installed with the recently refilled cartridge(s). Refer to picture on our support site to first determine which type of cartridge configuration you have, then refer to the applicable section to address the current cartridge error(s) or printer issues. http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1999
NOTE: Costco USA's Ink Refill service now 'chips' all refilled ink cartridges which fully restores all functions to that of a regular HP (OEM) ink cartridge and customer experience. For USA ink refill store locations and details on ink refill pricing:
Refer to Section A if your refiller attached a new replacement chip (green in color) onto the cartridge. Refer to Section B if only the original HP chip is attached.
CAUTION: Be advised, the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from China) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors and/or permanent PRINTHEAD failures (due to incompatible ink formulations). We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested! HP original/genuine ink cartridges can be identified by the visible HP logo on the front label of the cartridge.
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.
You can't refill these cartridges yourself. Sure you can get ink and inject it in, but your printer remembers the serial number of each cartridge and how many pages you've printed with it. Because it remembers this information it turns off the cartridge electronics to prevent the use of refills. I would try to get refills for the black but not the color cartridge. I own a Cartridge World ink refilling store and we have a high return rate on the color cartridges. It seems the printers are extremely finicky about color refills. If you get a black refill and your printer won't print with it, exchange it for another one because you happened to get a cartridge with the same serial number as the last one you had. I recommend Cartridge World refills, then Office Depot brand refills.
If refills are done properly they will NOT damage your printer and they WILL produce good quality prints. If you refilled the cartridge yourself or at Walgreens/Costco/OfficeMax it is likely there is either an air pocket between the ink supply and the print head or the electronics on your cartridge have failed. I recommend Cartridge World for refills. They produce a high quality product that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If one of these stores is not in your area, I recommend Office Depot brand refilled cartridges.
Hi, did you refill yourself or did you buy a refilled cartridge. If you purchased a refilled cartridge and the chip is missing, you will need to take the chip off your old cartridge and install on the refilled cartridge.