Ink Jet Printers
When trying to use remanufactured ink cartridges with HP 61/62/63 Cartridges, the best solution is to disable Cartridge Protection. If you later wish to verify that a cartridge labeled as a Genuine HP product is actually genuine, you can always re-enable the feature, though I really don’t understand why HP has this feature on their printers. I believe anyone that has a HP printer and buys ink for it knows if they bought a original HP or a remanuractured one. Just my opinion but the only reason I can think of is to discourage the consumer from buying anything but original HP cartridges. What’s your opinion?
The 61/62 and 63 fit 28 Envy printers and 14 Officejet printers so if your not sure where any of the buttons or features are located we recommend you go to your owners manual and locate them for the specific model you have.
If your printer does not have a control panel these instructions will not work, sorry, talk to HP!
Here are the steps.
1. Click the Start button, and click Devices and Printers.
2. Find your HP printer in the list and double-click it to open the Settings page.
3. Click the text for Estimated Ink Levels under the heading of Shopping Resources. This
will open the HP Toolbox window.
(If your computer does not have this option, skip to the alternate method at the end of this post)
4. Click the tab for Cartridge Protection.
5. Click the radio button next to Disable HP Cartridge Protection.
6. Click the Save Setting button to save your new setting. Then, close the window.
7. You may need to remove and reinstall the cartridge for it to be recognized properly.
Press the wireless button (or menu option Settings/Wireless) to view status. If the
wireless connection is active the wireless light will be solid blue. If wireless is disabled
see user manual for connection instructions. Note the IP address at the top of screen
(example: IP 192.168.1.999) and type this into address field on browser. This will bring
up printers configuration page. On settings tab select HP Cartridge Protection and
choose Disable Cartridge Protection, then click apply. You also need to disable HP
updates to prevent recurrence this will be under web services tab. Select product
updates and choose off and apply.
There you have it, fast and simple. Don’t let a HP rep tell you that your printer can’t use remanufactured cartridges, it’s just not true.
Now You Can Buy Remanufactured InkJet Cartridges With Confidence!
Firmware Updates Related to Using Remanufactured Ink Cartridges in Your Printer
When it comes to firmware, updating to the latest version can sometimes make things worse. This is most common in the printer industry, where firmware is used to limit the use of third party ink cartridges. However, if you use third party or remanufactured ink cartridges, you may want to avoid updating your firmware. We advise to thoroughly read any update information and on screen information before confirming any updates. Once you accept the update, only original ink cartridges will work with your printer.
What Is Firmware?
Basically firmware is software that is inserted in a piece of hardware, software for hardware if you like. Although you may think that ink cartridges are just pieces of hardware, inside them is software that is programmed into the memory of the hardware itself.
What’s the Difference Between Firmware and Printer Drivers?
Whereas firmware is installed directly to your printer or ink cartridge, drivers are installed on your PC. Printer drivers are there to help your printer and PC communicate. These updates are not critical to how you can use your printer.
What Does Updating Firmware Mean For My Ink Cartridges?
Manufacturers often release regular firmware updates in order to make sure hardware is kept up to date with new media. In this case, the firmware update locks the ink cartridge meaning it cannot be used again, stopping the cartridge from being recycled and generating more waste to be put in landfills. Usually when an ink cartridge is empty, the cartridge can be remanufactured and turned into a usable compatible ink cartridge. With new updates however, cartridges can no longer be reused.
How Do I Know If My Ink Cartridges Have Been Locked?
Once the update has been done and the cartridges are locked, you’ll see messages such as: “Cartridges locked to another printer”, “Cartridges failed” or “Cartridges cannot be recognized”.
How Can I Avoid This Update?
We advise to thoroughly read any update information and on screen information before confirming an updates. Once you accept the update, only original ink cartridges will work with your printer.
How Do I Disable Cartridge Protection?
Press the wireless button (or menu option Settings/Wireless) to view status. If the wireless connection is active the wireless light will be solid blue. If wireless is disabled see user manual for connection instructions. Note the IP address at the top of screen (example: IP 192.168.1.999) and type this into address field on browser. This will bring up printers configuration page. On settings tab select Cartridge Protection and choose Disable Cartridge Protection, then click apply. You also need to disable updates to prevent recurrences this will be under web services tab. Select product updates and choose off and apply.
How Do I Disable This Feature?
To disable this feature to be able to use remanufactured or refilled cartridges please use the following steps.
1. Click the START button, and click DEVICES and PRINTERS.
2. Find your printer in the list and double-click it to open the settings page.
3. Find the Printer Assistant tab and double-click it.
4. Click the text for Estimated Ink Levels under the heading of SHOPPING RESOURCES. This will open the Toolbox window.
5. Click the tab for CARTRIDGE PROTECTION.
6. Click the radio button next to the DISABLE CARTRIDGE PROTECTION.
7. Click the SAVE SETTINGS button to save your new setting. Then close the window.
8. You may need to remove and reinstall the cartridges for them to be recognized properly.
What Do I Do If I Already Did The Firmware Update?
Is to uninstall your printer and reinstall it. When reinstalling your printer it gives you an installation agreement. Under the installation agreement you have the option for more info. Under this section you can uncheck Internet Connection Usage and uncheck Auto Software Update. This will not allow them to automatically update your printer.
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We get this question all the time at Ink & Toner Solutions. It’s extremely frustrating for the consumer to buy an ink cartridge and not have any information as to what they are getting in terms of how many prints they can expect to get from it. Unfortunately that is exactly what the consumer encounters when they purchase their ink jet cartridge. Continue reading
We are all quite familiar with the constant complaining about how expensive it is to print with a ink jet printer. How this business model is an exact duplicate of the old razor blade style of doing business. In this model you design a product that requires a replacement unit of some kind to make it function. The original guy that came up with this actually gave away the razor in the beginning with one free razor blade. After that the customer had to buy a replacement blade, that’s where the money is and the ongoing sales.
Here’s a shocking fact, the HP 60XL black cartridge holds about half an ounce of ink and cost $42.99 retail. So if you pay that for half an ounce and there are 128 ounces in a gallon that figures out to $11,005 per gallon! Now that’s insane anyway you look at it. Complaining about gas being at 3 or 4 dollars a gallon seems trivial when compared to this.
If that’s not bad enough a Consumer Report states that as much as 50% of the ink in a cartridge never makes it to the paper! It’s used to clean print heads and for other maintenance chores. Imagine filling your gas tank and your car uses 30 to 40% of the gas for other chores instead of making your car go. We’d all be up in arms.
This is great for the printer companies but really sucks for the rest of us. Epson it seems has seen the light or maybe is just listening to its customers. Or maybe some of it’s executives couldn’t sleep at night knowing how bad they were fleecing us. I doubt it but hey it’s a good thought.
Introducing the new Epson EcoTank set of printers. This is a radically new departure from the razor blade way of doing business and our hats are off to Epson. It’s not every day you see a large corporation take a new direction that is actually good for the consumer.
Instead of the small expensive ink jet cartridges that we are all familiar with, Epson has opted for entire ink bottles. When the ink tanks run out you simple fill them again with ink. This is so cool and so easy you wonder why nobody has thought about it before. Oh yea, that’s right because they were making a gazillion dollars selling us the tiny cartridges.
Epson is claiming that one fill should last the average user two years, holy Christmas that’s unbelievable. Now the printer themselves will cost more than the ones your used to but the savings you realize on the inks far offsets the printers cost.
Epson is offering five different models, from the small ET-2500 for personnel use or small office to the heavy duty, high volume business model the WF-R4640. All of these printers are pretty impressive on just about all fronts. All five of these printers are “All-in-One” machines, that is ther’re also color copiers and scanners and all are wireless.
The ET-2500 and the ER-2550 includes enough ink to print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 in color. The ET-4500 and the ET-4550 comes with the same amount of ink but with more features than their smaller brethren.
Now for the beast, the WF-R4640, this puppy comes with enough ink to print 20,000 pages and 20,000 pages color, now that’s impressive. It can print 20 ppmn (pages per minute) in black or color. 500 sheet capacity, 2 sided printing, copying, scanning and faxing plus a 35 page auto document feeder. I wonder if it can make you a cup of coffee in the morning?
So lets look at the numbers. The starter model, the ET-2500, costs $380. It comes with enough ink for 6,500 color pages.
On a comparable $70 inkjet printer, you’d need about 20 sets of $40 ink cartridges to print that much. So the economics look like this:
Cost for 6,500 color pages:
EcoTank printer + ink: $380
Standard printer + cartridges: $870
If you take the printer’s price out of the equation and look only at the ink, the savings get even better. A replacement set of EcoTank bottles goes for $52. (You can buy them individually for $13 each.) That’s another 6,500 pages.
Ink cost for 6,500 color pages:
Epson bottles: $52
The comparison holds about the same for all the models! The savings are huge and of course you are not stuck with throwing the empties into the trash which is a big no no for us.
the only downside I can see to these printers is that you have to manually refill the ink tanks Vs just installing another ink jet cartridge but this is not really a big deal. You will have to refill them on average once a year unless your printing like crazy but let’s face it, how hard is it to uncap a bottle and fill it up?
If your looking for a solid printer that is a multi-functional, prints in color, ink last a good 12 months and can save you hundreds a year these Epson printers could just be what you are looking for.
We started out with the desktop computer that had a Printer attached to it via a cable. Then came the laptops and with that portable printers, not really practical but that was about all we had at the time. So the best you could do when you were on the road back then was save your document, send it through your email account and have someone at your office print it for you. Or you could just wait till you got back and print it yourself. There has always been that disconnect, nothing ever seemed to really work all that great for printing when you were on the road. Continue reading
If you own a business then you are well aware of how much printing can cost. At a claimed $4,731 per gallon, printer ink is more expensive than vintage Champagne, rare whiskey or Russian caviar so saving money on printing costs has become an issue that has to be dealt with. This has been a fact for over ten years and instead of this commodity going down over time like everything else does in consumer electronics, ink prices are going up, some reports say as much as 30 percent since 2009. You can easily pay $20 to $35 per ink cartridge that may yield any where from 200 to 1000 pages, if your lucky. It’s easy to see how printing can become very expensive very quickly for business. Continue reading
The popularity of wireless printers has greatly increased over the last few years, mostly due to the fact that printers are easy to share and can reside just about anywhere you wish. With the number of mobile devices out there like tablets and smartphones, you now have the power to printer from nearly anywhere, as long as you are in the bounds of your Wi-Fi, of course. Most printers these days are very easy to install and setup, even as a wireless unit, but we have a few tips and tricks to help things run as smooth and as quick as possible.
Assuming that you have your wireless network running , the two pieces of information that you will need to start installing a printer are called the SSID or wireless network name, and the password if the network is secured (as they should be). If you need help with finding these items, see “Finding Your SSID and Password” at the bottom of this article.
Location, location, location
The big limiting factor in installing a wireless printer is whether it will be able to receive a wireless signal where you want to put it. What we suggest is take some form of Wi-Fi capable device (many smartphones are great for this task), disconnect from the Wi-Fi network and bring the device to the exact spot you want to keep your printer. If your device can see the wireless network and has a good signal, you are good to go. If the signal is dodgy or non-existent, you may want to either reconsider where you are placing your printer, or you may want to see if you can put the router in a more central location.
Any large metal objects, including building elements such as girders and even screen doors or windows, will interfere with the wireless signal. Some older buildings like farmhouses may even use materials like chicken wire in the plaster which blocks wireless signals near completely. Even too many closed doors or walls will degrade the signal. If your wireless signal is weak or intermittent, move the printer closer to your wireless router and avoid obstructions. If you need to expand your network, there are wireless signal boosters which plug into the wall and act as repeaters, expanding the signal from one end of the office or house to another. If you need help, you can get a hold of our sister company Northampton Computer Repair to help you with a site survey to figure out the best placement for your wireless devices
Few printers need to ever connect to the computer directly (typically only older units with no LCD display on the printer), so most printers can be set up in their final location. If your printers directions indicate the printer needs to be hooked up to the computer first to install the software, you may have to place the printer temporarily near a PC that’s already connected to your home network, so you can continue with the installation. If you have a laptop, you can bring the computer to your printers location and set it up that way.
In the long term, your placement options are very flexible.
Connecting your printer
Once you have you printer location figured out, it is time to unbox it and set it up. placed Printers with LCD control panels usually let you configure the wireless connection directly from their internal menus. The printer will detect networks within range; you then select your network and enter the password, and you’re good to go. Many printers allow you to attach the printer to the router via wired connection or “ethernet“, you can configure the wireless using a Web browser. Other older printers may need to be directly connected to a computer via USB cable for the wireless setup as we mentioned before.
Automated Installation (More or Less)
Once you have the printer connected to the network, you can run the disk that came along with the printer on your computer to install the drivers and extra software. If you don’t want the extras and just want the printer to print without installing more software, see the next step on installing the printer manually.
Some users want to limit the number of pieces of software they install on their machine. For those users you can avoid all the extra programs that the automated install includes by manually installing the printer. A note to make things easier: Windows 8, 7 and Vista all ship with many printer drivers. If you encounter problems printing, please download the latest drivers from the vendor and install them before reporting issues. In cases where “certified” Windows 8 and Windows 7 drivers are not available, try using the equivalent Vista drivers.
If you’re trying to add a network printer at the office, you’ll usually need the name of the printer. If you can’t find it, contact your network administrator.
Open the classic Control Panel (open the Metro Control Panel and scroll to bottom, then click on More settings) and go to Hardware and Sound
Click Add a device or printer.
On the right will be a list of devices you computer has detected on the network. If it is able to see your printer, it should be listed on this panel.
Select the printer you want to use, and then click Next. (If your computer is connected to a network, only printers listed in Active Directory for your domain are displayed in the list.)
If prompted, install the printer driver on your computer by clicking Install driver. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish.
- Start → Control Panel → Devices and Printers → Add Printer This brings up the Add Printer Wizard
- Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
- Windows will search the network for available printers and list them as they are discovered. If you have the IP address of the printer you want to install, simply double-click on the printer name. If Windows does not have a driver available for the printer, you will be prompted for a driver.
- If you just can’t wait, or the printer you are interested in was not listed, you can select “The printer that I want isn’t listed”. This will allow you to specify the IP address of the printer you are trying to install. You should be able to complete the install from this point.
- You will be prompted to rename the printer, enable sharing and set the printer as the default system printer. It is recommended that you do not share the printer.
- Open Printers by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking Printers.
- Click Add a printer.
- In the Add Printer Wizard, select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.
- In the list of available printers, select the one you want to use, and then click Next. If your computer is connected to a network, only printers listed in Active Directory for your domain are displayed in the list.
- If prompted, install the printer driver on your computer. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish.
- Go to Start → Control Panel → Printers and Faxes → Add Printer
- Make sure the printer is On and Ready, and connected to the network. Click Next to start the wizard and then select A Network Printer, or Printer Attached to Another Computer. Click Next.
- Select Browse for Printer and click Next again. Select the wireless printer you want to install in the list of found printers and click Next. If your printer is not visible in this menu, it may not be connected to the network properly.
- A Connect to Printer dialog box will open. If it asks you for a driver, you may need to insert the CD or the printer and find the driver on the disc. If this is the case, many users may want to opt to exit out of the wizard and just install the drivers and software from the software provided by the printer manufacturer. Click Yes and finish the wizard.
Finding Your SSID and Password
The easiest way to find your network name and password is through a currently connected laptop or mobile device. In Windows 7, left-click the wireless-connection icon in the system tray. Assuming you’re not inadvertently stealing your neighbor’s bandwidth, the name of the current connection should be your network name. Right-click over the current connection, select Properties, choose the Security tab, check Show characters, and you’ll see your password.
You can also look up the network name and password in the wireless router’s Web configuration pages. Open a browser and type in the IP address of your wireless router into the browser’s address field. You can find the default IP address in the manual, but some of the more common ones are 192.168.1.254 (ATT 2Wire) and 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 (Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, and the like).
Note that the router has a user name and password, as well. If you never changed your router’s user name and password, check the documentation for the default settings or check for your routers default information at RouterPasswords.com.
In some cases the wireless password isn’t shown unfortunately. If you really can’t remember it and no one else knows it, you’ll need to change it and have everyone on the network reconnect with the new password.
Know Your Network, and the Installation Will Follow
Most of the snags that arise when you set up a wireless printer have to do with the wireless network rather than the printer itself. Collect your network’s information ahead of time to avoid getting stuck. Then enjoy sending a print job from your bedroom to the living room — it’s pretty awesome.
If you’ve been looking for a color printer but can’t afford the cost of a laser printer, look no future, this machine could just be the answer to your prayers. The HP Officejet Pro 8500 wireless all in one printer can print, scan, fax, copy in record time and does it all with high quality results and a price tag you can live with. But wait there’s more, it has autoduplexing, 802.11 b/g, a 3.45 inch touch screen, 50 sheet automatic document feeder, and a legal-size scanner. You can get one of these for about $399.00, that may seem high to some but when you compare that price to a color laser and the supplies cost this baby is a winner.
One of the ongoing problems with the inkjet cartridge is that if it is not used enough the ink that is left inside each of the microscopic nozzles in the print head drys up. OK, lets back up a bit for a quick lesson on print heads. On all inkjet printers what actually drops the ink onto the paper is what is called a print head. There are print head cartridges which has the print head attached to the print cartridge and non-print head cartridges where the print head is not part of the cartridge but is housed inside the printer.
This is a sample of a print head cartridge:
(A) Is the electronics where the information from the PC is sent to the print cartridge and tells the print head (B) how much ink and what color ink in color cartridge to fire out of each nozzle. There can be any where from 600 to upwards of 1200 of these microscopic nozzles on a print head.
Here is a sample of a non-print head cartridge, there is no print head on these types of inkjet cartridges, they are basically a tank that holds the ink.
So, in either system the nozzles can become clogged with dried ink usually from not using that print head enough. Leaving an inkjet printer sit to long without using it is deadly, the ink will dry in these nozzles. Is there a way to prevent this? Well, an engineering team from the University of Missouri have devised a clog-preventing inkjet nozzle by taking inspiration from the human eye, no kidding. I love this kind of thinking. As a film of oil keeps a thin layer of tears from evaporating from the eye, the devised nozzle uses a droplet of silicone oil to cover the nozzle opening when not in use. Because the inkjet nozzles are so small and the area that these nozzles are found is in a very restrictive area trying to duplicate the motion of an eyelid moving across the nozzles was out of the questions. What they did was move the oil across the nozzles by an electric field.
Jae Wan Kwon, one of the members of the team put it this way, “The nozzle cover we invented was inspired by the human eye. The eye and an inkjet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry out, while simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems.” Most inkjet printer’s will attempt to clear the clogged nozzles by forcing a burst of ink through the nozzles, this is costly and wasteful. Basically the expensive ink that you pay for is used as a cleaning solution! And this method of clearing the nozzles uses a lot ink, think about it, you pay top dollar for your ink cartridges and then they use it as a cleaning solution to clear dried inkjet nozzles, Jae thought, they must be a better way!
You may be wondering why the company’s that make these inkjet cartridges did not think of this or at least hire a team to look into it. the answer is simple, greed again. Epson is notorious for using massive amounts of ink to clear their print heads. It seems unless you are constantly using an Epson printer the print heads are prone to clogging. I’ve had many customers come in to buy a full set of cartridges in an attempt to clear clogged Epson print heads just to come back the next day and tell me that they went through all of the ink trying to clear the head’s! Of course now they have to buy more ink just so that they can print, win win for Epson. If the procedure did not work they now have to make a decision, buy more ink to try again or just say the hell with it, throw the printer away and buy another one. Not very ecologically sound to say the least.
If the technology that Jae is working on works I wonder what the chances are the major printer manufactures will embrace it? My bet is they won’t want anything to do with it, why would they. In the case of non-print head cartridges that uses a system like Epson they would look at it like they would lose money, why help to keep the nozzles open when if they clog they get to sell more ink. In the case of the print head cartridge, there really is no way to clear and open the nozzles, once they are clogged by dry ink, the only real choice is to throw them away and buy new ones, this is a money maker for the large printer manufactures that produce there own cartridges.
Only time will tell if this technology makes it to the general public, who knows maybe the big boys will get a change of heart, maybe they will actually care about the end consumer instead of just profits and do something that will really help them to save money. Oh yea and don’t forget that it would help the environment in that all of the ink would actually be used in these machines which would keep them from the landfill longer. Let’s see what happens.
We would love to hear your comments on this subject.
Question – What if I neglect my ink jet printer for long periods, will it affect the print quality?
The simple answer is – Not using your inkjet printer for long periods WILL cause the ink in your cartridge to dry out, first affecting the print quality and eventually rendering the cartridge useless. Most of us are trying to save money any way we can. One item in a house hold that can get very expensive is ink for a printer. Many of our customers have told us that they would not print for weeks or months in an effort to save money. Sounds like a good idea but here’s where the problem lies with doing this. Continue reading