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How can I make my printer see the ink level as not empty, there is always more ink in the cartrage?

I saw the answer somewhere and can't find it again, so far I think there was some connections on the cartrage that could be shorted ,Anyone know how? disabledan sparky220@gmail.com

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rehemenway8 months ago

Get a "People Friendly" printer, like a Brother printer, that uses toner cartridges that holds a lot more ink at a far cheaper price :-)

well , it happen to me with my Brother LC 40 cartridges . when I first bought it I recognised that it runs out of ink very fast. when I take off the cartridges I see amount of ink spilling inside it. so I never through it hopping it will be useful on a day. any how, I was staking for a printing job today and looking for a solution on the net but could not figure a good solution to my printer.. so I've took the C cartridge from the printer which was highlighted as no ink.. hit it on a tissue above the table for 10 times. inserting it inside the printer.. and the magic starts. the printer recognise the cartridge as low ink again .. but it makes it to print again.

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Depends on the model of printer. Soldering a hole in the top of the cartridge and pouring some more in works for me.

castleink1 year ago

Check out the help section on Castle Ink - http://www.castleink.com/category/36/Printer-Help.html

msanabria3 years ago
Ok so the answer varies greatly depending on the type of cartridge you're trying to refill. I have some experience with Epson. There is a device that can be used to reset the chip on some printers, but there can also be a secondary issue with some of the newer cartridges - a wet sensor, hidden behind the chip. This is true of some Epson cartridges. This video might help, it shows the differences between 'older' and newer chipped cartridges and also the chip resetting device: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB8QspjBbhk

Unfortunately you might be out of luck if you have a printer that uses one of the newer cartridges (like I am).

If you're using a knock-off brand that isn't working, you might want to contact the retailer to ask for a refund.
Ink Brother3 years ago
I assume that you made some modification specifically making a continuous ink on your printer. That is mostly the case when you do that, the cartridge have their chips that is the medium for it to communicate with the printer about the state of the cartridge including the ink level. This is ruined by installing ciss (continuous ink supply system) on your printer since it the ink level will not be accurate with the number of prints the cartridge did. This is always happening to me when i buy ink supplies online .

Your printer is OK. Try buying an original cartridge and i assure you that the ink level will then appear again. It will disappear again after installing ciss on that cartridge again.
fwjs286 years ago
well, what type of printer is it?....are you sure there not close to empty....and are you sure they are the correct drivers....
this happen to my mate printer, i'm not to sure it a software issue but more of a hardware issue.
It is a issue with the printers itself. There are some "resetting" tools and button combinations for some printerse. But we need the exact type of printer he has, because thats different not just from fabricator to fabricator, but from model to model.
toko13 wupme3 years ago
Hi,

I have a quite new Lexmark PRO205 printer.
I wonder if there is a way to reset just filled ink cartridge to full.

Everything seems the 'Lightbulb Conspiracy" is #$%^&* true.

Thanks in advance.
i had my ink cartridge refilled at one of those 'cartridge world' places. it always tell me its low/about to run out, even though the black ink has never looked low. was yours refilled as well?
Thats because the chip of the cadridge and the printer register the cadridge as empty. They have to be resettet for the printer to recognize ist as full.
Some ink cartridges don't actually measure the amount of ink left, but instead count the number of times they have printed (ie. the # of dots of ink). This is interpreted by the printer and displayed as an ink level. Higher quality machines like photo printers will actually check the ink level. I tried refilling the cartridges on my printer, and they worked fine, except that the ink level stayed at empty on the display
Z..6 years ago
First of all my apologies; I don't know how to bring this copy/paste info to normal size.

I found this on a discussion site that was referring to a certain brand printer that has a built in facility (this was apparently proved) which says that ink needs replacing when it did not. It was designed to bring in after-market dollars!

I did this. It worked! The ink was more than half full! (Please don't ask for technical detail. I just followed the instructions like a trained parrot!).

You need to keep a check on when the ink has really run out though.

"THERE IS A PHOTO CELL TYPE SCANNER THAT SCANS THE INK CARTRIDGE AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE EMPTY CARTRIDGES YOU WILL SEE A MATRIX OF A REFLECTOR THAT TELLS THE MACHINE TO DISPLAY LOW INK AND THEN OUT OF INK.

WHAT I DID WAS PLACE A PIECE OF ELECTRICAL TAPE OVER THESE REFLECTORS AND WHALLA.....NO MORE REFLECTIONS AND NO MORE TROUBLES WITH THE MACHINE TELLIN ME THERE IS NO INK WHEN THERE REALLY IS INK...BE IT SMALL BUT STILL THERE. THE TAPE BLOCKS THE REFLECTION AND TRICKS THE MACHINE INTO THINKIN THERE IS PLENTY OF INK AS IF THE CARTRIDGE IS FULL WHEN IN FACT IS IS NEARLY EMPTY....OR IN THE CASE OF MY FAX MACHINE ...IS EMPTY.

NOW THE INK WILL RUN COMPLETELY OUT BEFORE I OBVIOUSLY NEED TO REPLACE/REFILL THE INK CARTRIDGES."
yokozuna6 years ago
I just saw the perfect answer to this about a week ago... only I don't recall exactly where for sure, possibly on the yahoo front page. It basically said ink cartridges normally don't "run out" but rather "dry up". It suggested using a small amount of household chemicals as a solvent to dissolve the ink again and make the cartridge usable. I haven't tried it myself, but it sounds like it's worth looking into (I would try rubbing alcohol, but there may be something that works better).
wupme yokozuna6 years ago
The problem is, for most printers if the cadridge ones tells the printer its empty, then its empty. No matter if you fill it again, or dissolve the dryed out ink. The chip says its empty. Thats been done by manufactures to prevent you from filling the inc cadridge again, they want you to buy it.