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LEXMARK C500 My Lexmark C500 printer comes up with the warning 'Replace Toner C' when the toner is getting low.I know from experience that the toner lasts for ages after the first warning and is a waste of money replacing it at this early stage. I can get it to work without replacing the toner by opening and shutting the printer door but it goes through a lengthy warming up routine and this happens with every document. Does anyone know how to by pass the warning ? Is there a hidden menu somewhere which would disable it?

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    lexmark c500 toner cg error

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    reset after replaced

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If you open your printer front and pull out all the toner cartridges, on the left, you will see 4 LED lights vertically in a column that match up with 4 matching red light receptor sensors on the right side. Each toner cartridge has a tiny window on each side. When the toner powder level drops below the window level, a light passes all the way through the cartridge from the LED light to the light receptor and trips the printer to display the low toner warning.

The goal is to BLOCK THE LIGHT. The easiest way is to put electrical tape over the window on the right side of each cartridge window. To ensure you have the proper hole, just shine a flashlight in the hole and you will see the reflection from the tiny plastic window.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

I found a fix for this! Take the cartridge out. On each side of it there is a hole (I believe that this is a sensor...) place a small piece of electrical tape over these holes. Place cartridge back in.... no more error! But I would go out and get some toner soon though!

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Nope..none that exists..that warning is based on approx 20% of the ink remaining

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