Question about Kodak ESP 5 Printer
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
"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!
Posted on Jun 01, 2012
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.
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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.
Posted on Sep 29, 2011
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!*
Posted on Apr 02, 2013
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
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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