Question about HP Photosmart C3180 All-In-One InkJet Printer
i just red your solution on changing the region code of this printer from the europan zone to the US. I was just wandering if you know by chance the code number to do the same trick but on the opposite: from a US zone to the european,
I have moved to Switzerland recently. Have called support spent over 10 hours on the phone, lost the counts of call. Put on hold several times, been told, there's no such thing as region code. They actually told me I should buy a new printer that's compatible with my region (and this was not a joke).
I am pretty much frustrated with HP. If you find a solution or a legal way to compalin about HP let me know.
I am at the point - after 15 years buying HP products to throw all the 3 printers I have away and buy new ones that do not have this stupid region coding. By the way I have found a way, if you buy refill kits then I can continue using my printers... so much for HP ide of buying original supplies...
Posted on Feb 13, 2010
I have just moved from the US to Shanghai with my HP C7280 printer. Bought some new cartridges from the HP dealer in Shanghai after our US supply ran out. Got the 'Incorrect Ink Cartridge' message on the printer after installing them, which the dealer probably knew I would get and didn't tell me, which I'm assuming is what you got.
My experience was to use the 'Chat' function on the HP.com web site in the Support area. The good news is that they solved my problem, the bad news is that it took 1 1/2 hours and is the most convoluted process I've experienced in years. There is a little 'voodoo' going on the background......... after having me find several values, including cartridge serial number values (no not the cartridge number on the cartridge), reset values, and others I can't remember, he said he had to go 'calculate' and he then came back with 5 four digit numbers I had to enter after going to Windows Control Panel -->Printers and after getting my printer selected and the Preferences screen displayed, clicking on the HP logo while holding the CRTL key down (I kid you not).
Sooooooo, I believe the only solution is to use HP Support and to also write letters complaining about how really, really, really stupid this process is. And being the conspiracy theorist that I can be, HP probably was seeing lost revenue from people buying cartridges that are cheaper in parts of the world and shipping them to where HP is, ahem, making a killing and padding their profits.......
Posted on May 08, 2008
The printer is regionalized in a way similar to DVD and other technology. Cartridges from a different region will not operate in the device. It is possible to change the region of the device. Changing the region can be attempted a limited number of times, it is therefore recommended only for a permanent relocation. If you would like to change the region of your device, you will need to call the local support. You also will need to have a complete set of cartridges for the new region on hand when you call.
This should resolve the issue. Khaled
Posted on Oct 21, 2008
I removed the chips from my German region cartridges and re-affixed them in place of the chips on the USA cartridges I bought. No problems. Literally takes 30 seconds to swap a chip over from one cartridge to the next, and as long as you have some mild adhesive or possibly double-sided scotch tape, you can re-use the chip indefinitely. In my case, I used a lighter to warm the chip adhesive very lightly (maybe 3 seconds max), and it came right off after I slid my X-Acto knife gently under each side and lightly pried it up. Then I re-affixed it onto the cartridges i bought in the USA which I pried the USA chip off off.
Pay attention to the chip orientation though, I believe they only work in one direction.....you dont want to put them on backwards and then have to spend a whole other 30 seconds re-sticking them into place in the correct direction.
Posted on Aug 28, 2013
Go buy a CIS system from here: http://www.continuous-ink-systems.co.uk
I installed one, June 2008 at about £70, since purchased £30 of ink refill from Promax and have printed 4000+ a4 colour and 1000+ A6 gloss cards and still have 50% of ink left.
Posted on Jun 29, 2010
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