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Raging Dragon
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Icon 4 posted July 19, 2004 17:18      Profile for Raging Dragon   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My printer will not print! It thinks that the ink cartridges are empty, and I just had them filled! I've made sure they are placed in properly and it still won't work. I'm thinking about cleaning the back of the cartridges and the inside of the printer holster with a Q-tip and some rubbing alchohol. Does anyone have any advice for me?

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Raging Dragon
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Icon 1 posted July 19, 2004 17:44      Profile for Raging Dragon   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I realize I may have not given enough information.

I've been turning the power off to maintain my printer. It's a HP 843cxe that's a couple years old. I turn it on, and it gives me the light saying it has no ink. My computer and printer are properly connected and the drivers are updated. This is purely a hardware problem (I think.) I've checked the HP website and followed their instructions for cleaning out my cartridges and it's still not working... and I need to print stuff. [Frown]

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I don't suppose it's one of these "smart" ones that detects refilled cartridges and doesn't accept them (in order to sell more cartridges)

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As troll-like as this may sound, I'm going to say it anyway. Printers nowadays are a dime a dozen. Especially inkjet, which is what I'm assuming you have since you're talking about just having had the ink cartridges refilled.

On top of that, maybe the cartridges aren't really supposed to be refilled, and can't tell the printer they're fine.

I'm not a printer geek, but I'd guess you're probably outta luck.

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I have found with a lot of HP printers that once they have been upset by something they need to be disconnected from their power supply (pull the mains cord out, don't just turn the printer off on its own power switch) and left for a couple of hours before being plugged back in. Nine times out of ten this will resolve whatever issues they are having and they will behave themselves again. There is probably a proper reset method for these printers which will be a lot quicker than just leaving it unplugged, but I have never got round to looking it up.
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I was hoping that when you said your printer was dumb, you meant it in a way that means the printer doesn't know what's going on, or what's connected to it, like the old dot matrix printers that you could hook up to a protocol analyzer and print, then hook up to an oscilloscope and print some more and it didn't care.

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Dot matrix printers are the best.. You tell them to do something, and they damn well do it. They don't complain about anything. lack of ink? tough titties for you. paper jam? tough. it's cramming it in there as long as the motor is strong enough to move it.

hooked up to a car battery? DOESNT CARE, ITS PRINTING!

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