refilled cartridge still shows need replacing

March 5, 2011 at 13:21:43
Specs: Windows XP
I am trying to use a refilled black ink cartridge on a X2600 cartridge #14. I refilled the cartridge, put it in the printer, clicked install cartridge, and it tells me the cartridge needs to be replaced. I actually got it to print 1 alignment page successfully, but still saying it needs to be replaced. Now it won't let me print black at all, even though I know the cartridge has ink. How do I get by this problem?

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March 5, 2011 at 14:29:54
Most if not all recent printer cartridges have a chip that must be re-set after you fill them.
I searched on the web and found that applies to the Lexmark #14 black one and your probable #15 color one too.

If you take the cartridge to a local place that refills them for about half the price of a new one, if they can refill them, they have a chip re-setter and will re-set it for you as part of the service.

If you re-fill the cartridge yourself, those same places will usually refuse to re-set the chip for you, even for a fee.

In many cases you can buy a chip re-setter cheaply on the web for the cartridges your printer uses.
E.g. I have a Canon printer that uses CLI-8 ink cartridges (ink tanks - no integral print head). I found a chip re-setter for that.

I searched for a chip re-setter (the dash is often omitted - resetter) for Lexmark 14 and haven't found anything that wasn't in China so far.
You may need to search using the full part number rather than 14.

Some places on the web that sell refill ink also have chip re-setters (resetters).

In the mean while, I found this page about your printer or similar and your cartridges :


i found a way to trick the printer if u turn off the printer before removing the ink catridge pull the strap back to the centre verry slow take the catridge out fill then it works but it will always show as empty but it prints a note will always pop up saying out of ink but just continue hope this helps

Take a small pice of clear tape. Try covering one of the outside vertical row of contacts at thr front of the cartridge. Re-insert it and it shoudl "fool" the printer into thinking it is a new cartridge. It works for my Lexmark 2600 series all in one. Good Luck.

Use clear tape over left hand row of sensors on front of cartridge and re-insert. ink now shows with question mark but reads as full and prints fine.

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March 5, 2011 at 17:29:58
Thanks for the tip, taping over the left vertical row on the cartridge worked!!! I hope it is the same for the color. I will try it when I need to refill that cartridge. Thanks again for the help! Any useful tips on refilling the color cartridge? Thanks again

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March 5, 2011 at 18:09:25
"Any useful tips on refilling the color cartridge?"

See section 2.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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March 6, 2011 at 08:02:21
There are many places on the web where you can get tips about refilling your particular cartridge. Web sites that sell refill ink often have them.

It's very important to let the cartridge sit for a while after refilling it BEFORE you re-install it in the printer. If you install it in the printer too soon, if it does leak, it will leak in the printer, and make a mess you will need to clean up, if it wasn't in the parked position at the time.

If it's going to leak ink, it will do it within 10 minutes or so.
Sometimes it won't leak until you have dabbed the ink outlet or the print head such that ink easily appears on a tissue or paper towel, THEN it leaks.
If the ink outlet on an ink cartridge (no integral print head) is dry or had poor flow when you dabbed it with a tissue, you may need to saturate the foam or whatever there with a few drops of ink, and THEN it will leak, if it was going to.

If you can see the ink level from the side when you fill it, don't put in more ink than it takes to fill it to the top of the sponge or whatever inside of it - if you put in more than that the ink will probably leak out of the bottom for sure.
If the cartridge is opaque, similarly, if you can see the top of the sponge or whatever through the fill hole in good lighting, you don't want to see liquid on top of the sponge or whatever.
It's better to under fill it a bit rather than over fill it. E.g. inject ink into it with a syringe until ink appears at the top of the sponge or whatever, suck a bit out, say, at least a 1/4 ml more than it takes for no liquid to appear above the sponge or whatever.

If the cartridge has been sitting more than a short while with no ink or very little ink, you MAY need to be patient and just let it sit after refilling it for a longer time, as much as overnight, before it will work properly. Sometimes dripping a few drops of ink into the ink outlet speeds that up.

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March 6, 2011 at 18:50:05
Thanks for the tips. I think I will start refilling when they get below half way and just keep an eye on them.

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