Printer Ink Cross Reference Sheet
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(Article taken from pcworld.com)
Explaining printer specs and what to look for in a inkjet or laser
If your cartridges have been in storage for extended time, not
printing the same quality as before or not frequently used, may collect
debris and require a process known as blotting to get them running
like new. In addition, storing cartridges laying down or if they don't
have a protective clip when they are not used tend to dry out the
ink around the print head and the blotting technique works great to
get them to print. Simply dap the cartridge on a warm, damp paper
towel and then on a dry paper towel until the ink starts flow. You
should be able to remove most of the debris and the ink will be drawn
toward the print head. Try blotting before assuming the cartridge
• If print problems occur:
Perform up to three cleaning cycles and prime cycle (if applicable)
using printer software.
• If the cleaning cycles fail to produce
Remove debris and dried ink from the printer's cartridge cradle with
a damp cotton swab. Clean the electrical contacts in the printer cradle
and on the replacement cartridge with a cotton swab moistened with
distilled or filtered water only. (Do not wipe the nozzle plate) Reinstall
the cartridge and perform the cleaning cycle.
Cartridge Installation Steps
- Remove the empty cartridge from your printer. If
applicable, carefully remove the protective tape covering the ink
Caution: Do not touch the ink nozzle or the copper
Carefully install replacement cartridge
into the cradle. Note: For detailed instructions refer to your
printer manual or software.
• What is an OEM ink cartridge?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Usually these ink cartridges
are made by one company and then the manufacturer's name (such as HP,
Epson, Canon, etc) is put on the product. These are the "name brand"
products you find at most computer stores. They are usually expensive,
but are generally of good quality.
• What is a remanufactured cartridge?
A remanufactured ink cartridge is an ink cartridge that has been disassembled
and its worn parts replaced. The print heads are tested for damage
and defects. If the cartridge parts are okay, then it is refilled
with ink and is tested in the factory to guarantee print quality.
It is basically the recycling of an empty cartridge to meet or exceed
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications of quality and
reliability. Remanufacturing is considered more comprehensive than
recharging or refilling, and is typically the cheapest alternative
to refilling cartridges yourself. Your printer's print head cleaning
utility (described in your printer's operating manual) should always
be run 1-2 times after inserting a remanufactured cartridge.
• Is there a downside to remanufactured
No. Using remanufactured cartridges saves money, helps preserve the
environment, provides as high a quality product, and helps support
local small businesses. Many state and local governments are now requiring
the use of remanufactured cartridges in their own offices.
• How do you remanufacture
Here is a summary of the remanufacture process for toners
• What is a compatible
(or generic) ink cartridge?
Compatible (also referred to as generic) ink cartridges are made to
meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications
of quality and reliability. Manufactured 100% brand new, with all
new parts, they are an economical alternative to name-brand ink cartridges.
• Why should I buy remanufactured/generic
You can save up to 60% off the cost of brand name cartridges and you
are protecting the environment by keeping unwanted plastic and waste
out of our landfills. Also, many cartridges sold to you as new by
many manufactures are actually remanufactured cartridges as well.
If you look on the sides or bottom of your box, you will see this
stated by these brand name manufactures.
• Will using a remanufactured
cartridge damage my printer? / Does it affect my printer warranty?
NO! This is a common misperception. The ink does not touch any internal
parts of your printer, it only touches the cartridge. As regards to
your printer warranty, please read the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement
United States Code Annotated Title 15 Commerce and Trade Chapter 50
Consumer Product Warranties 15 Section 2302
(c) No warrantor of a consumer product
may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on
the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article
or service (other than article or service provided without charge
under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade
or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection
may be waived by the commission if: 1. The warrantor satisfies the
Commission that the warranted product will function properly only
if the article or service so identified is used in connection with
the warranted product, and 2. the Commission finds that such a waiver
is in the public interest.
The manufacturer of the printer you are
using cannot void the warranty on your printer because you use a cartridge
manufactured by someone other than the printer manufacturer.
• How can I get ink stains off my hands?
Wash hands immediately with an abrasive soap or a soap containing
pumice. If stains persist, a mild solution of bleach and water (1
part bleach to 9 parts water) will remove the ink.
• How can I get ink stains out of clothing?
Immediately rinse the stained area with cold water, then saturate
the item with hair spray containing alcohol. Place a white, absorbent
cloth or towel under the stain to catch the excess ink. You then need
to blot the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the
stain is removed, then launder as usual.
Caution: Some fabrics may be damaged by the hair spray
solution. If in doubt, test on a hidden area first.
• What can we do if the
printer cannot recognize the cartridge?
Take the cartridge out of the print-head and re-install it, again
to ensure the contact point on the cartridge would be put on exact
position to the print-head. If ir is still not successful, you may
turn off the printer and then back on.
• What do we understand
from the message "unknown" in your inkjet cartridge dialogue?
Owing to the fact that the utility features of the printer itself
are designed to concert with those of the cartridges, you many find
one or more messages with "unknown" after you install the
generic compatible cartridge. This is caused by the different data
input on the chipset, and it would not have impact on the normal operation
of your printer and printing effect.
• When should I use my Canon & Epson
White lines in print, broken lines showing up in test pages,
ink doesn't come out when printing and not using the printer for a
long period of time are all reasons to perform a cleaning cycle using
cleaning cartridges. Cleaning cartridges are designed to maintain
printers in peak performance, restore heads shows signs of blockage,
and preparing the printer for use after a long period of time of no
use. It is recommended to perform a cleaning cycle approximately every
2-3 times you use a new cartridge. Below is the suggested method on
how to use the cleaning cartridges.