I have an HP Officejet J5780 All-in-One, and got so disgusted with ink cartridges "expiring" and the ridiculous prices of new ones, that I bought two reconditioned (or whatever it's called) cartridges from Meritline and have been extremely happy with the quality and longevity. Two black "HP74XL" cartridges for $13.95, instead of one for three times as much.
A month or so after successfuly installing and using the second one, I got an error message saying "the right cartridge has to be replaced." I restarted the computer, unplugged the printer and it solved the problem for a couple of days. When it happened again and the aforementioned didn't work, I uninstalled the printer and reinstalled it using only the Basic Driver, thinking that maybe it wouldn't have whatever it is that won't let you use a non-HP cartridge. And disabled all updates. Still nothing. And I cleaned the bottom of the ink cartridge, too.
Emailed and called Meritline, which has zero customer support, and spent literally hours online trying to find a workaround for my model, but no luck. There is the possibility that there's an issue with the cartridge itself, but the only way to verify that is to spend the better part of $40 on an HP cartridge to see if that works.
It made more sense to just buy a new printer, which I did last night - a Brother MFC - J470 DW. It got really good reviews from the majority of reviewers on Amazon. Didn't see anything about ink cartridge issues, but if it has them too, Amex will give me my money back.
Before I open the box, I just want to see one more time if anyone knows a workaround for my specific model, because I really can't afford a new printer.
Thank you for any advice you might have.