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How To Refill The Ink Cartridge Of A Printer

Printing Error

Printing Error

There are many types of printers such as dot-matrix, laser, and inkjet. Among those, the inkjet printers are more popular not only because it is affordable but also the output produced with these printers is better than the rest. The inkjet printer works by using actual liquid ink filled in cartridges. Nowadays, the cost of purchasing ink cartridges is almost the same as that of buying a printer. Therefore, if you are a person who is in need of a printer on a regular basis, it is better to choose the models with refillable cartridges. It is because the refill inks are cost-effective and can be used by following this procedure.

Choose The Right Inks

There are so many different models of printers made by different brands. The combination and also the density of the ink may be different in these models. For example, most of the base model printers will be only having 4 refill chambers but some higher end models have more than 6 chambers. Therefore, you must make sure to choose the right ink suitable for your printer. If you are doing this procedure for the first time, make sure to buy a refill kit. It is because the refill kit can make the task easy.

Prepare The Cartridge

After setting the ink to be refilled, the next step is the preparation of the cartridge. Firstly, you must remove the cartridge from the printer. In some models, it may not be necessary, as the refill chambers will be accessible from outside. After removing the cartridge, clean them well to remove dust and dirt. Then you can open the lid of the cartridge. It must be done carefully because most of the cartridge will be having a safety lock and care should be taken so that it is not be broken.

Fill The Ink

Printer Fix

Printer Fix

This procedure is simple compared to the other procedures mentioned above. First, take the syringes included in the refill kit and fill them with ink. It is mandatory to use different syringes for different ink or else it may get mixed and may affect your print quality. After setting the syringes, refill the cartridges slowly. During this step, it is necessary to check the ink level because if the cartridges are overfilled, the ink may get mixed.

The above mentioned are the steps for refilling ink in your printer cartridge. If you are finding these steps difficult, it would be better to assign a professional for the same.

Tips To Check Whether The Printer Cartridge Is Damaged

Trouble With Printer

Trouble With Printer

There are different types of printer and among those inkjet printers are more popular than the rest. Most of the inkjet printers use a different combination of inks to print from a computer device. The quality of printouts may get compromised if the toner or the printer is damaged. A bug in the device driver installed in the computer can also lead to printing errors. However, if you are having trouble printing, it is necessary to check the ink cartridges. This is because damage in the cartridge can also affect your print quality. You don’t need to be a technical expert to fix a printer. The following are some simple tips to find whether there is any fault in the printer cartridge.

Inspecting Old Cartridge

If you are sure that the printing error is not because of any software error, you can start by inspecting the cartridge. For this, it is better to take off the cartridge from the printer. Some printers are having refillable cartridges. Therefore, if you are using a printer of that kind, take a look inside the ink source and make sure that it is not empty. Other users can do this inspection by estimating the weight of the cartridge. However, many printers are now coming with their printing heads attached to the cartridge. Hence, it is necessary to be very careful while inspecting the cartridge.

Check New Cartridge

Fix A Printer

Fix A Printer

Since the cartridge is a delicate part of the printer, it comes in two or three-layer packing. Therefore, if you are having trouble with the printer after setting your new cartridge, make sure that all the layers of packing are removed. It is also necessary to check whether the protective clip is also removed. If you are using a toner cartridge, it is mandatory to make sure that the tape that is separating toner from the image drum is removed. Checking that the cartridges are of the same series issued for your printer is also necessary.

The above mentioned are some tips on finding out whether your cartridge is damaged. If you are finding any problem with the printer even after ensuring that the cartridges are working fine, it would be better to seek the help of an expert. However, if you are using a new cartridge, you can try replacing the same within the warranty period. Replacing your old ink cartridge with a new one may also help you in fixing this issue.

Technical Issues With HP Envy 4500

Troubleshooting Printer Problems

Troubleshooting Printer Problems

The HP Envy 4500 is a device that has been considered as a good printer. However, being a good printer does not mean that it won’t stop working at all and troubleshooting printer issues have never been easy. This article will help you in troubleshooting printer problems of HP 4500 quickly such that your work is not disrupted.

Common Problems And Solutions Of HP 4500

Compatibility Error

The most common error that is seen with this printer is the “Compatibility Error” or “Ink Cartridge Error”. This error is mostly related to the cleaning of the cartridge and can easily be rectified with some simple steps. One can perform the following procedure to clear this fault:

  • Remove printer power
  • Remove the cartridge from the printer
  • Clean tip of the cartridge gently with a soft lint-free cloth or filter paper.
  • Install the cartridge back and power on the printer.

If the above procedure does not yield a result, the cartridge itself can be faulty. Faults in cartridges do happen all the time. This error can happen due to minor manufacturing defects related to the cartridge such as a misalignment of the tape with the metal contacts inside the cartridge itself.

Missing Cartridge Message

When there is no cartridge installed or not properly installed, a “missing cartridge” error appears. The remedy can be:

  • Check if the printer is installed with the correct cartridge.
  • If not, install the cartridge with the correct part number.
  • Check the slots for the correct type of cartridge.
  • The sitting of cartridge in the printer should be proper. If it is not fitted properly, the printer will flash the missing cartridge message.

Empty Cartridge Message

When a remanufactured ink cartridge is used, the printer will sometimes display an “empty cartridge” message. This may happen only for the first time because the gold contact chip would not have reset while refurbishing and refilling leading to the printer reading it as empty. Try these steps to correct this problem:

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

  • Clean the contacts; reset the printer and reinsert the cartridge.
  • Acknowledge the message “Empty Cartridge” by pressing “OK” on the printer’s display when it pops up.

No Black Ink and Spotty Prints

The HP Envy 4500 printer mostly has a problem with the black ink. Poor print quality can sometimes be due to dried ink sticking at the cartridge printhead. Locate and clean the printhead on the cartridge by gently dabbing with a dry paper towel. After blotting a few times, hold the cartridge down on a paper towel to wick out the ink.

Reasons For Steak Lines While Printing

Printer Not Working

Printer Not Working

While using a printer, the user must be aware of or must have basic skills to resolve some of the common printer issues. Some commonly seen troubles include a message showing driver not installed, improper connection, etc. In this article, we are going to discuss the vertical lines formed on the paper while printing. We all might have seen printouts with so many lights shaded steak lines. The reasons for the formation of these lines and the remedy to resolve this problem are as follows.

Stretched Image

The size of the print is one of the major reasons for the formation of vertical lines on the paper. If you are trying to print a low-quality image in a large size, it may not give you a perfect output like printing a high-quality image. This is because it will make the spaces between the small dots forming the image visible. It will lead to the formation of vertical lines all over the printout. This problem can be resolved by not enlarging low-quality images or by using high-quality images.

Dirt On Printer

Dirt and dust over the heads and rollers of the printer can lead to the formation of lines over the printout. This is because the dirt forming on the printer over time will block the ink from the cartridges. This will also clot the ink over the heads and it will cause unwanted lines over the paper. Regularly cleaning the printer can solve this issue. If the printer is making lines over the print even after cleaning the heads, it would be better to consult a technician.

Low Ink

Printing Issues

Printing Issues

Low ink over the cartridges is another reason for the formation of steak lines while printing. It will not only make lines but also may make the printout lighter. Vertical lines over the paper are a warning sign for low ink in printers. If you are not providing much attention, it may also cause so many errors in the print over time. The best way to solve this issue is by replacing the cartridge. However, you can use the old cartridge for a little more time by shaking the same and reinstalling it in the printer.

The above mentioned are some of the main reasons for the formation of vertical lines over the printout. These issues can e resolved by the above methods and if it is not working, it will be better to seek the help of a technician.

What Are The Different HP Toner Cartridges?

HP Toner Cartridges

HP Toner Cartridges

HP has been manufacturing printers for over 30 years now. All these printers are different as they have different features and benefits that fit different needs. Apart from printers, HP also sells toner cartridges for their printers. Sometimes, with so many options, choosing the right cartridge might become difficult. Moreover, one of the possible causes of HP printer not printing properly is wrong cartridge usage. Given below is a guide to help you choose the right cartridge for your printer.

Which Are The Different HP Toner Cartridges?

There is a variety of HP toner cartridges even though they are only three mainly. These cartridges are available in monochrome and color laser prints. They are usually available in standard eyelids and higher yields. Standard yields typically print around 9800 pages while higher yields will print around 18000 pages. However, no matter what the yield, the size of the cartridge as well as the process of their installation into the printer is the same.

Different Cartridge Yields

HP cartridges part numbers end with alphabets which show the yield of the cartridge. Consider the cartridge HP 87 series. This series includes HP 87A which is the standard and HP87X which is high yield. There are also cartridges like HP 976Y which gives an extra high yield. If you will print often, it is better to get higher yield cartridges as their cost of printing per page is lesser.

HP Monochrome Cartridges                                   

Monochrome cartridges are also called black toner cartridges. These are the best choice if you are only going to print text. It is perfect for both home and office use. Since these printers have only one cartridge, they are easier to run and cheaper than laser printers. Also, they require less maintenance. Some recommended HP printer monochrome cartridges are HP 12A/X, HP 85A/X, and HP 87A/X.

HP Color Toner Cartridges

HP Printer Not Printing

HP Printer Not Printing

Color HP toner cartridges are available in four different colors- black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. These colors can be replaced separately as they become empty. These cartridges are very expensive and might not give you the quality that inkjet cartridges do. Pictures printed from a laser printer seem to miss the clarity due to the toner cartridge they use. Some of the common toner cartridges are HP 410A/X, HP 202A/X, and HP131A/X.

HP Pagewide Cartridges

This is a new series of HP cartridge. Even though they look similar to HP toner cartridges, they work and print differently. They are usually used for business requirements and are more efficient and quicker than laser prints.

Choose your cartridge wisely after considering your requirements, how often you will be using it, and the quality of the product.

How To Clean Your Epson Printer’s Nozzle?

Epson Printer’s Nozzle

Epson Printer’s Nozzle

Are you a proud owner of an Epson printer? If yes, have you noticed any irregularity in your prints recently? Are they faint, not continuous, or have streaked lines? From troubleshooting printer issues, you might have realized that such irregularities in prints are caused by clogged nozzles. This is a common issue as the residual ink in the nozzle dries up. Being up to date on replacing your cartridge as soon as the ink level is low might help maintain a clean nozzle. However, the chances of ink not drying inside a nozzle is still very low. The type of your cartridge does not influence what happens inside the nozzle in this case. How else can you prevent clogging of your Epson printer’s nozzle?

Firstly, you need to understand what causes nozzle clogs before you find the solution.

Causes Of Clogs In Nozzle

Do not change your cartridge right after a low ink warning

When you install a new cartridge in the printer, it will undergo a process called priming in which the printer pushes ink through the nozzles to expel the air inside. Sometimes, the ink pushed out of the cartridge might be more, causing it to be smeared inside the printhead including the nozzle. When the smeared ink dries in the nozzles, it gets blocked.

Use printer regularly

Ink dries up in the nozzles when the printer is not used regularly. Get a laser printer if you do not use your printer at least two times a month as it has a toner cartridge and not ink.

The best solution to ensure that the nozzle is not blocked is by cleaning your printhead regularly.

How To Clean YourPrinthead?

The cleaning of the printhead requires two steps. Before you clean it manually, you should check your nozzles and run the cleaning cycle from the printer’s menu bar.

Epson Printer Cleaning

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

Epson printers are designed efficiently such that any dried ink is not left behind in the nozzles after one or two cleaning cycles. Here is the procedure you need to follow to start the cycle-

  • Check for any messages showing error on the LCD screen before you start.
  • Select the Home button, followed by Setup and Maintenance.
  • Choose the Printhead Nozzle Check
  • Upon selecting the above, your printer will print a page showing four colored grinds from which you can find the blocked nozzles.
  • Repeat the cleaning process till all the nozzles are clear and select Done once completed.

Note: It is better to wait for six hours before running another cycle if the nozzles do not clear up after two cycles.

Which Type Of Printer Should You Get?

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

Troubleshooting Printer Issues

If you are here, it means you are thinking about purchasing a new printer to use at home. Choosing a printer to buy will seem like a piece of cake on the outside while it is, in reality, a difficult process. The abundance of facilities and your needs might not always fall together and confuse you. Here is a guide to help you choose between two types of printers- inkjet and laser.

Should You Get An Inkjet Or Laser Printer?

Inkjet and laser printers are common in both offices and homes. However, every home has different needs, and a printer should be bought depending on the needs of a home. Here are a few points that will help you decide which printer to buy.

Speed of the Printer

Print speed or the number of pages a printer can print per minute is the feature some customers look for in printers especially when they need to print high numbers or when more people share the same printer. The print speed is also affected by the quality and size of the print.

Printing Cost

The cost of a print directly depends on the price of the ink cartridge. So, before purchasing a printer you should calculate how much you can afford and the cost of ink for the long term. But to reduce the cost, if interested, you can also look for the aftermarket cartridges, which can bring down your cost per page substantially.

Paper size and Duplex printing

The most used paper sizes for home use are A3 and A4. Also, duplex printing or printing on both sides of the page is a great way to save paper. This will reduce your paper cost to half.

All-in-One Printer

Most of the home printers have essential features like the ability to print, scan, and copy a document. If you feel that these features are useful for your home, you can get an all-in-one printer and save money from buying different machines separately.

Connectivity

Choosing A Printer To Buy

Choosing A Printer To Buy

Wireless (Wi-fi) connectivity is a basic feature for printers of newer models and it will enable you to print from your smartphone. However, you will need to install a corresponding app on your smartphone.

Warranty

All printers carry a year warranty and only cover defects of the machine and not troubleshooting printer issues. Extended warranties may cost you more.

You should be able to decide which printer you need from the above guidelines. These factors will help you know your needs and what you want from a printer.

The Effect Of Temperature On Printer Ink Cartridge

Printer Not Responding

Printer Not Responding

Printers are one of the most widely sold PC peripherals, they are used by both home and office users. These devices are meant to give the best performance such that it speeds up the workflow of a workplace. However, because of the high amount of mechanical, electronic, and other essential components they do often fail. One such issue is the high temperature of ink and the printer won’t print due to it. This usually happens due to improper storage and thereby the temperature affecting the ink quality. Read on to know the effect on temperature on printer ink.

The Effect Of Temperature On Ink Cartridges

Temperature affects the properties of liquid and this is also true for printer ink. One of the biggest issues when it comes to the proper storage of ink cartridges is heat, it causes the air bubbles in the ink to expand and cause leakage. Using such an ink cartridge inside a printer can damage the device and cause printer not responding issues. So, when you buy printer ink cartridges ensure that you store in a proper environment to avoid damage.

Storing Printer Ink Cartridge

Always ensure that you store printer ink cartridges in rooms where the temperature is between 20 to 29 degrees. Those who buy ink cartridges in bulk to save money like small businesses, tend to store them in the basement or garages. This will either dry up the ink due to the higher temperature or ruin the dye coloring of the ink because of increased humidity levels. In the second case, the humid condition will separate the dye of the ink and this results in poor print quality due to poor ink. The best solution will be to store the ink cartridges inside vacuum-sealed containers so that you can reduce exposure to air, as well as moisture.

The chemicals used in the manufacturing of printer ink have characteristics similar to those used for making antifreeze. So, the quality of ink won’t be affected by cold and in case if you find a cartridge with frozen ink, it can be warmed up and used again. This will not affect the dye inside, but you must be mindful of the frozen cartridge doing damage to the printer.

Printer Ink Inside Printer

Printer Won’t Print

Printer Won’t Print

Ink cartridges inside the printer are in an ink-friendly environment. But, if you use a cartridge that was carelessly stored, then the issues mentioned earlier will be amplified, damaging the printer, causing paper jams, damaging printer heads, etc. Also, neglected ink cartridges inside the printer can also cause issues.

On a final note, improper care or negligence can damage printer ink cartridges due to the environmental temperature and the printer won’t print. So, you should keep this in mind when buying them in bulk.

Why Should You Use Only HP Cartridges For Your HP Printer?

HP Cartridges For HP Printers

HP Cartridges For HP Printers

Printing is a complex yet simple process. It is sophisticated inside and easy to use on the outside. A printer is made up of complex hardware with intrinsic care given to details. It runs on different premium software. Each brand and type of printer has something different in it that makes it unique. The most appropriate example is the HP printer. Being known to be world-class, HP printers have created a benchmark for other printers. However, to obtain the maximum print quality the printer can provide, you need to use the right cartridge.

You might be wondering what makes a cartridge“the one”? The answer to this is pretty simple. Use HP cartridges for HP printers as the company says. This makes printing easy for the printer and also gives us the best prints. The use of a poorer quality cartridge might be the reason why your HP printer is not printing properly.

What Does Cartridge Have To Do With Your HP Printer Not Printing Properly?

Printing, in this case, depends on the HP printer and the ink. Most HP printers have the ink cartridge and the print head in one disposable element. This means that if you use a cartridge with “bad” ink you will not damage the print head. The printer will simply send the disposable cartridge electrical signals and the cartridge will both supply the ink and also jet it onto the paper through the disposable print head. For a printer of this type, an inkjet printer with a combination ink supply and print head, there is little problem using a non-HP ink cartridge.

If you are using an HP printer with a separate ink cartridge and print head, then bad ink could clog the print lines and/or ruin the print head. This can be a costly repair.

If you are using an HP Laser printer then non-HP toner can muck it up and lower the print quality. You would have to get the printer cleaned and buy new cartridges.

HP Printer Not Printing

HP Printer Not Printing

Many makers of ink and toner have great quality ink and toner cartridges. Some of them have recommended using their higher quality compatible ink with printers and also found 90% or more of them to be as good as the ink from HP.

Before you buy a cartridge for your HP printer, check the reviews of the companies and their ratings on Amazon and make sure you have a money-back guarantee. In the few instances when issues regarding the cartridge were noticed, manufacturers returned the money or replaced the default product. However, it is better to not take a risk and ruin your HP printer.

How To Solve Printer Not Responding Due To Less Memory?

Printer Won’t Print

Printer Won’t Print

There are many types of printing issues that users face and they can be quite frustrating. Most of them can be resolved by simple steps and they are not very complicated. But those that are hardware related would sometimes require the technical expertise of professionals from service centers because in such cases the printer won’t print. Here we will be looking into the problem when there is insufficient memory and how to fix it.

One common printer problem in windows is when there is insufficient memory resulting in printer won’t print and this can be followed by other errors like a missing file. This can be troubleshot by multiple methods and they are shared below.

Reboot And Print Again

In case the printer not responding, rebooting, or restarting the printer can solve the problem in many cases and this works even for insufficient memory problems.

  • First, reboot the computer and see if the error message regarding the printer problem is there.
  • Now open the Notepad and in it type any sentence and press the shortcut “Ctrl +P” to see if the printer is printing the sentence you entered.
  • If it prints then earlier you were not able to print because the file was corrupted or there was not enough memory for the print spooler program.

Connecting The Printer Through USB Port

If the above step did not work, then try the following method. If the printer is attached and works through a USB cable then perform the steps shared below.

  • Uninstall the printer software that is already installed.
  • Disconnect the power cord of the printer and the data cable by which it is connected to the PC.
  • Now, reinstall the OEM printer software provided by the printer manufacturer.
  • Connect the power cord and switch on the power to the printer.
  • During the installation process connect the USB cable from the printer to the PC when prompted.

In most cases, this should resolve the printer not responding issue, if not follow the method explained below.

Check Available Memory

Printer Not Responding

Printer Not Responding

For the computer to support your multi-purpose printer it must have minimum system memory as stipulated by the manufacturer. Once you have confirmed this and the insufficient memory issue still persists, then you must check the task manager. You can launch it with the shortcut “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”, once it is launched, select the performance tab. From here you can know if the required printing storage memory corresponds to what the manufacturer stipulated.

These are some of the ways you can try fixing the printer not responding to issues from insufficient memory.

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