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Hp Printer Cartridges, Questions?


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#1 John D

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 07:35 AM

my first post, and i'm not great with computers. this is a neat site. hope i posted my questions on the correct board!


1. why does hp make so many different cartridges that look the same, but have different numbers? Are any interchangeable?

2. Refilling? anybody do it? I have tried but my results were not like installing a new one. I was told you need to equalize the pressure, and to put cartridges in water. also, after refilling, i check hp toolbox and it still says cartridges are empty sometimes i even get a pop-up warning.

3. anybody have good detailed instructions for refilling...with pics?

4. drug stores will refill for $10, sounds reasonable, never had it done, they must use some kind of machine?


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Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:09 AM

Hi John D.

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I have refilled my HP cartridges for years and it is no big deal. Ensure you use guaranteed compatible ink and you will get several refills out of a kit. Simply push the syringe through the appropriate hole and carefully squeeze in the ink (can be very messy if you overfill so wear gloves and do it on newspaper or the kitchen bench). I cover the holes again with a tiny blob of BLU TAK.

Ignore any warnings and just keep using them till they stop working again. Don't think I'd be inclined to put them under water tho'. If you don't know which colour goes where, come back with the cartridge number and I can probably sort it for you.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:17 PM

They're probably telling you to put it in a small (shallow) bowl of water to keep the nozzle from plugging up
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:18 AM

thanks for the replies, does anybody know the answers to my other questions? I did a search and found 0. Kinda suprised these questions have never come up!

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:35 AM

Printers are for the most part fairly inexpensive. The companies don't make much of a profit on them. They make their money on cartridges. So they're going to make it as hard as possible to use anything but what they sell
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:29 AM

drug stores will refill for $10, sounds reasonable, never had it done, they must use some kind of machine?


The employees refilling cartridges get so efficient at their job, it only takes a few minutes!

Here's a little tip if you decide to refill your own cartridges and cannot see what color goes where.
Dip just the needle part of the syringe into the hole, pull it out and wipe it onto a paper towel to see what color is in that chamber.
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