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HOW DO YOU RESET PRINTER CHIP ON ESP7 - Kodak ESP 5 Printer

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On the ESP5 printers the cartridge has a "chip" and unlike other printers that have tried the "chip" method to keep you buying their ink cartridges, however they did not do it right from a business point of view. The installed a chip on the cartridge that "remembers" how much it has been used, which means it can be "reset" however Kodak, a very smart and innovated company, they watched all the other printer companies and saw what they were doing wrong, so when they saw the chip reset ability the came out to be able to refill the ink cartridge, they fixed the problem by using a simple fix.
They have a serial number only "read only" chip on their ink cartridge and the printer its self remembers the serial number so you cannot reuse the cartridge, now as you might think there is a limit on how many it will remember so I use my printer a lot so I kept all my cartridges to see how many it remembers before it overwrites the older numbers, unfortunately I found the number to be twenty so you would need twenty one cartridges and I keep track of them by having a number on them so I don't mix them up.
So the way it would work is you can without modifying your printer, it you first would need to buy twenty one color and twenty one black ink cartridges, number them to keep them in order then when you refill a cartridge you take the oldest one next to place into your printer and it will read as new. I know this is a wild way to do it but it works.
I have tried to remove the internal battery in the printer so the memory resets and that works but I also have to reload the printer firmware every time I change the cartridge to reset the memory and that is a lengthy and difficult thing to do each time you need a new ink cartridge. I also found that the firmware reload will not rest the numbers unless you remove the memory battery in the printer, another brick wall.
I am still working on a way to get the printer to reset the serial numbers more easy and haven't found a way yet but I will eventually find a way to do it so keep your eyes open on the internet because it will be in all the internet tech news when I make an easy and effective way to reset the printers serial number memory.
But until then the twenty one cartridge method is the easiest but a bit annoying to have twenty cartridges laying around just so you can refill them. Actually from a company point of view, Kodak was brilliant with this method to keep people buying real kodak ink cartridges, because the read only serial number chip on the ink cartridge, cannot be rewritten, it is like the difference between the memory in a computer, the ROM and RAM, ROM "Read Only Memory" and RAM "Random Access Memory" you can write to the RAM but you cannot write to the ROM so most ink cartridges use a writable memory chip, so the information on the amount of ink stays on the chip on the ink cartridge, and the Kodak uses a Read only chip and stores the information on the amount of ink in the cartridge within the printer its self so a chip resetting device will not work.
I am thinking I can make a cartridge like device that will click into the Kodak printer that will cycle threw twenty serial numbers so a user can reuse the cartridge after refilling it.
So keep watching the internet tech news and when it is available your will see the news of it.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

  • Yoli_angels Sep 01, 2011

    I'm trying to refill my own kodak cartrages, I read your posting, I don't understand? So, I would refill them, 21, then what? I refilled the black and it didn't recognize it! Please help me!!!! , I have 50 empty of each, Can you tell me how you do it,

  • digialguru Sep 01, 2011

    Okay I have good and bad news, first the bad news is, unless you kept track of your cartridges, like the first one you emptied you would label #1 the second you emptied you label #2, and so on, you must keep all 21 cartridges in perfect order of when you emptied them. When you reach cartridge #21 you can fill cartridge #1 in your set and the printer will recognize it as a new cartridge because it only keeps a memory of the last 20 cartridges serial numbers, so when you empty cartridge #21 the printer over writes the serial number from cartridge #1 but keeping all the other 20 serial numbers in memory in the order that you emptied them. in other words when you empty the newly refilled #1 cartridge the next cartridge you have to use is #2 and so on. Then you simply continue cycling threw your cartridges in the order you originally numbered them in.
    The good news is, the way the printer does this is the cartridges have a read only chip, which means it cannot be reset, all this chip is, is a chip with a serial number which the printer itself remembers in its memory, the printer does not "write" anything to the chip, it only reads the number on the chip then checks the printers internal memory for that number and if it was one of the last 20 cartridges it had used it will not recognize it as a new cartridge if it is one of those 20 numbers it has in it's memory.
    The black cartridge is easy because it only has one color, but you must be careful with the color cartridges, you must be sure you fill all the colors because if you miss one color and it runs dry you can damage your print head by allowing it to dry out and it is next to impossible to get the print head re hydrated with the correct color ink. So always be sure you fill all of the colors.
    Many other printers out there uses a chip that the printer can "write" information to that you require and can get a chip re-setter for, which means the information that the cartridges are empty is stored on the chip on the cartridges. This is not the case with the Kodak printer, the cartridges chip is a "read only" chip with a serial number burned into them, and the information on the cartridges are stored within the printers memory via the serial number of the cartridges, however to keep memory usage down, Kodak printers only remember the last 20 color cartridges numbers and the last 20 black cartridges numbers, so you need to use a cartridge till it is empty then when you put a new one in you have to label the empty cartridge #1 threw #21, because the printer stores them in the order you used them in. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! YOU MUST NEVER PUT A CARTRIDGE IN THE PRINTER OUT OF ORDER, BECAUSE IT WILL MESS UP THE ORDER YOU HAVE USED THEM IN AND YOU WILL HAVE TO REBUILD YOUR 21 CARTRIDGE SET TO REGAIN THE ORDER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO DISTURB THE ORDER YOU EMPTIED THE CARTRIDGES IN. ALSO REMEMBER IF YOU DON'T CHANGE BOTH CARTRIDGES AT THE SAME TIME, YOU STILL MUST KEEP THE BLACK AND COLOR IN ORDER OF HOW YOU USED THEM. You do not have to keep the black and color cartridges together just that you keep the black or the color cartridges in the order that you used them in.
    Here is an example, if you use twice as much black than color you can change the black cartridge when it is empty, but you must use the next black cartridge in the order you use the black cartridges in ( all 21 cartridges for the black cartridge) so at this point you will be on #2 of the black but then you need to change both cartridges so you would use black cartridge #3 and color cartridge #2 (keeping the 21 color cartridges in the order you used the color in) this means the printer remembers only 20 serial numbers FOR EACH OF THE BLACK AND COLOR CARTRIDGES, so the printer remembers 20 black and 20 color serial numbers so you need to keep a set of 21 black and a set of 21 color cartridges for a complete set you are able to refill.
    NOTE: I had a guy contact me and told me that he has a new Kodak printer that he had to make a set of 31 cartridges for the black and 31 cartridges for the color for this to work. I haven't seen this, or have I had any one else tell me they needed to use 31 cartridges, only this one guy. So I cannot confirm or deny this claim this guy told me about. I have four Kodak printers and all of the printers I have been told about all work with only the 21 cartridge set, so I am not sure if this guy goofed on his set or if their may be a model that remembers 30 serial numbers over the 20 numbers I am so far sure of.

    Again the only other way to rest the serial numbers on a Kodak printer is to open the printer and remove the memory battery and let the printer set over night without the battery in it, replace the battery and reassemble the printer, then re load the printer firmware, (you must have this downloaded from the Kodak website) the big problem with this method is you must leave the battery out of the printer for 8 hours or more then when you reload the firmware into the printer that can take an hour to do depending on your computer, usb connection, your usb cable, and the operating system your using. UNLESS YOUR VERY FAMILIAR WITH WORKING WITH DIGITAL ELECTRONICS THIS METHOD IS NOT ADVISED! PLUS THE KODAK PRINTERS ARE DIFFICULT TO DISASSEMBLE!

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"BUY A CHIP RESETTER THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH KODAK..." Any time you read this, it's a bot or someone stupid enough to copy and paste from ask.com. There is NO Kodak chip resetter on the market, probably will not be one either as you can buy a reset (new) chip for under 3 bucks online and stick it into the printer when you refill your cartridge. It will recognize its unique serial number off the chip and see there are no "counters" on the chip so itll tell you its full. No other way unless you want to buy 21 cartridges. Thanks to the 21 guy!

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    How about getting 21 each color and black chips insted and keeping them in order in like envalopes and chabging the chips everytime you refil? seems easeier then keepimg emptys.

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Hi there

Go to a computer hardware store and buy a chip resetter for your Kodak color cartridge. Make sure it is compatible with your particular cartridge model.

Gently wipe the chip area on your cartridge. Some models have the chip at the bottom of the cartridge while others have it at the side. Use a soft cloth or a towel for cleaning.

Clip the tiny chip resetter into the cartridge chip. While clipping it, keep the resetter in an upward position.

Find the tiny button on top of the Kodak chip resetter. Press the button and hold for a few seconds. The cartridge's OEM settings will be restored to default and the ink level will be recognized as full. To take off the resetter, press and release the resetter clip.

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No you don't -- you can get a new chip for 2 bucks at https://www.123refills.net/cic/product.php?SKU=145-143-01BLACK or http://fillserv.com/cic/product.php?id=inkjet-chip-kodak-10
replacement chips work on Kodak 3250/5100/5250/5300/5500, ESP 3/5/7/9 and all other Kodak printers that accept the Kodak 10 cartridges.

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The chip is ROM. READ-ONLY. Anyone who tells you you could buy a chip resetter for Kodak 30 or 10 cartridges, is a parrot and moron and who doesn\'t know what he\'s talking about and doesn\'t understand basic principles of computing.

Yes, the chips are available, affordable ($3.50, the last time I checked), and they work... at least most of the time... I had a color one on a 30XL cartridge, and it wasn\'t recognized... Another one on a black one was.

But I couldn\'t check if it would have worked after a firmware update (it may have), since it showed a stupid cartridge-not-recognized message DURING the update, and that *bricked* the thing. HARD-bricked it!

NEVER EVER BUY KODAK. EVER! *EVER!*

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With a chip resetter if one is available for your printer model.
I dont think there is one, so you need to buy new cartridges

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I have effectively reset a 10b chip by scratching away at the black gap down the middle of the chip, cleaning with a water wet q-tip, blow drying and popping back in the printer. The printer then thinks the cartridge is full.

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