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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge Printers
I am sure you all know of this, but it saves me dough, so I will pass it on. I use a Canon Pixma iP3000 printer and I use up the black ink first, as I mostly print text.

I have been able to get up to a hundred extra pages out of a refill simply by opening up the printer, pulling out the "empty" ink tank, and then reinstalling the so-called "empty" tank. My record so far is four times.
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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: Superboy on Aug 10, '06 10:33:49AM

Don't do this with a non-chipped (no chip on the cartridge) Epson printer. Getting air into the heads can permanently damage the heads.



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Aug 10, '06 11:37:18AM

This very much depends on the type of printer. Some cartridges have built in sensors. Other printers can permanently clog if the cartridge really goes empty.

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Slightly off topic...
Authored by: zelet on Aug 10, '06 12:31:26PM

Does anybody know why Intel Macs use 100% of the processor and take forever to print simple text pages? The drivers I'm using are off the Tiger install CD for my Canon i850.

When I print through Bonjour from a PPC Mac connected to the Intel Mac with the printer it prints quickly and doesn't use the processor.

The printer also seems to use the color ink to print black even though there is a black cartridge in there.

Any help or tips would be appreciated.



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: jsuen on Aug 10, '06 02:20:15PM

As previously mentioned, manufacturers have a reason to stop you from using the last drop of ink. On systems with fixed printheads, specifically all Epsons and some HPs, you don't want to get air into the path between the tank and the head. At best, you'll spend an equivalent amount of ink trying to flush the bubbles out, at worst, you'll destroy the printheads and the whole printer.



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Aug 10, '06 04:15:25PM

They also do it to make you have to buy cartridges (which often times cost almost as much as a new printer) more frequently and increase their profit margin.

HP is actually facing a class action lawsuit because it has been alledged that they program in an 'expiration' date on their cartridges, which renders them useless after a certain period of time.



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: i5m on Aug 10, '06 02:21:34PM

I've managed the same here with a Canon IP4000R except I didn't have to remove the cartridge, I just kept dismissing the warning and starting the printer going again. No problems. I too got a hundred or so pages extra after the first 'empty' dialog.



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Replacement HP drivers?
Authored by: sr105 on Aug 10, '06 07:03:28PM

Are there cups drivers for the HP photosmart printers? The HP driver refuses to print anything because the Cyan is low. It won't even print in black and white. Of course, my fiancee's XP box is happy to print to the same printer via Bonjour and an Airport base station. Actually, XP works better than my mac for printing via Bonjour. The mac sometimes drops the printer connection during memory-heavy prints.



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: lokon1979 on Aug 11, '06 03:08:25AM

is this web site "mac os x hints"?



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: dan55304 on Aug 11, '06 05:53:19AM

I have done something similar for years. It's actually best to follow the same procedure you did for a new cartridge. That is, gently tilt it from side to side and tilt it toward you and away from you. I'm assuming a good quality laser printer here. My HP 10,000 page toner will get several hundred extra pages this way.

Any printer that can be permanently damaged by removing the toner, I just won't buy.



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The oldskool simple way…
Authored by: C14ru5 on Aug 11, '06 02:17:40PM

In the good old days of the StyleWriter and StyleWriter II, one could use the "slingshot centrifugal force trick". Take out the cartridge, put it in a plastic bag, and sling it around so that the centrifugal force pushes some extra ink towards the opening on the cartridge.

This trick probably isn't wise to try on modern printers (that's a not-so-educated guess :)



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A simple way to extend the life span of an ink cartridge
Authored by: tooki on Oct 08, '06 03:44:31PM
The out-of-ink warning on a Canon is just an advisement. To continue printing, you just press the Cancel/Continue button on the printer. (That's the button with the triangle in a circle and a sheet of paper with an arrow.)

That will instantly resume printing and dismiss the dialog on the screen.

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