HP Accused Of Expiring Ink Cartridges

from the must-use-by... dept

What is it with printer manufacturers and their increasingly sophisticated means of screwing over the customers who buy ink from them? Even going beyond various attempts at using technology to block out competition, printer makers have long been accused of having their printers claim a cartridge is empty when it's still 25% full. However, some consumers are claiming that HP goes a step further, and includes a "must use by" date encoded in the chip in their ink cartridges, meaning that if you don't use the ink by a certain date, no HP printer will let you use it any more. It's not clear if the complaint focuses on the fact that this exists at all, or (more reasonably) that the expiration date isn't given to consumers. HP's defense, of course, will most likely be to point out that older cartridges may clog up, causing damage to the printers. Which may, in fact, be true. However, without telling the buyer that the cartridge expires, they may have opened themselves up to trouble, as many people will assume the cartridges will remain good.

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    mrg, 28 Dec 2010 @ 4:24pm

    HP 3310 repair

    HP Photosmarts:

    C3210, C3310, C5180, C5183, C6150, C6180, C6188, C6288, C6288, C7160, C7180, C7268, C7280, C7360, C8250, D7460 and all other Photosmart fixed inkjet head printers
    This printer has six colors and no less than 12 inkjets, two for every color. A Fine inkjet for printing fonts and a wide inkjet for larger areas such as pictures and graphics. Each inkjet is made up of several lines or vents.
    Note, Black Fonts use only black ink, Black graphics use a conbination of magenta, blue, yellow and black.
    1. Press * and # at the same time, and then release both keys. This will open the Mfg Commands Menu and say; “Enter Special Key Combo”.

    2. Press 123. "Support R0045" will apear.

    3. Press Right Arrow Cursor button: (uiaux Menu)
    Once for: Information Menu > Info menu
    Twice for: FAX Diag Menu > Run FAX Test > Reset FAX Params > Change FAX Params > FAX Param Report > FAX Trace Report > Speaker Mode > Ring Monitor > CNG Monitor > Signal Monitor.... Repeat.
    Three Times: Print Tests Menu > Nozzle Test. Pressing OK gets you this:

    4. Press OK on one of the three Service Menus.

    5. Press CANCEL several times to back your way out as needed or until the normal screen appear.

    LCD Screen & Cursor Test
    Play Pong Game:

    1. Press * and # at the same time, and then release both keys.

    2. The display should read “Enter Special Key Combo”. Press 7664.
    3. A yellow paddle appears. It moves only Horizontally using the right & Left Cursor Keys.
    4. Press OK to pitch ball.
    5. Press Cancel to exit.

    Extended Self Diagnostic Test
    1. Press OK & Cancel Button simultanously

    Semi-full reset
    This will reset the All-in-One to the factory default settings by using these instructions:

    1. Unplug the power cable from printer while the printer is powered on.
    2. Press and hold Plus (#) and 6 while plugging in the power cord.
    3. Repeat steps one and Two, Two more times for a total of three times.
    This will perform a maintenance cycle upon the third restart.

    Now you may want to print a self test report by pressing "Setup" and then 1, then 1 again. or Clean the heads by Pressing Setup > 5 > 2

    OOB NVRAM RESET (Remove Air in Hydrolic lines)
    1. Turn Power off using power button.
    2. Hold down the CANCEL & OK buttons & keep them held while powering on the printer.
    Keep them held till the printer shuts itself back off. (It will shut off without you hitting the on/off button.)
    3. Then power it back up normally by hitting the on/off button. It will warm up normally except it will display a message "OOB NVRAM RESET" & it will then do about 3 minutes of priming & pumping up the ink in the tubes that run from the cartridges to the print head.
    4. You then can run a test print in the tools section.

    Semi NVM Reset
    1. Unplug the power cable from printer while the printer is powered on.
    2. Press and hold the (#) and 6 buttons while plugging in the power cord and keep both buttons depressed for at least five seconds.
    3. Printer will shut off
    4. Press Power on and unit will begin the Semi NVM reset.
    The unit will clean its heads and the pump will cycle several times to prime the hydrilic lines and purge out any air.
    Then a Maintaince cycle will begin.

    Burping method
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Other-printing-questions/HP-Photosmart-C7280-Black-Ink-won-t-pr int/m-p/397781#M26999

    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Other-printing-questions/HP-Phot osmart-C7280-Black-Ink-won-t-print/td-p/2157

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