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Best Way to Calibrate Printer to Generic Ink

I bought refillable ink cartridges for my Canon MP550 and generic ink bottles from a Chinese store. I have so far managed to manually adjust the color options in the printer dialog to match the ...
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Custom Firmware for Printers

Is there a way to replace the factory firmware that came with the printer with a custom firmware that allows you to use aftermarket or generic ink cartridges? A search on google doesn't reveal much ...
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Are recycled ink cartridges harmful to the printer?

We're looking to replace our print cartridges and came across this page: http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/ink-cartridges/HP/Officejet-4500.html The recycled inks not only work out much cheaper per ...
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Is it good to put back on the plastic sticker that came with the printer cartridge when you want to prolong cartridge life?

I use color printing very sparingly, I wonder if it is good to put back on the plastic sticker that came with the printer cartridge when you want to prolong cartridge life (or to store them) ?
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Magnetic tape drives for backup

Magnetic tape is extremely slow, but also also extremely cheap. Is there any way to use tape to backup a computer? What is exactly this? A cartridge? A drive? Are there any inexpensive way to ...
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Canon MX 870 missing color cartridge I want to print text anyway

Apparently my printer won't let me continue with the printing if I don't have all the cartridges full sitting in it, despite not needing them at the moment. Can I override it somehow?
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Canon PIXMA MP140 doesn't print magenta anymore

I've got this Canon all-in-one that started showing this issue all of a sudden; I use original cartridges which I refill by myself; this one is a CL-38, 9 months old, which i've refilled two or tree ...
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How to print without yellow toner cartridge in a laser printer

I accidentally broke the yellow cartridge of my brand new Laser Printer hp CP1215. I want to just use only other colors like magenta and cyan etc. But the printer is not printing at all because there ...
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Can I Mix Ink Cartridges Of Different Manufacturers?

At the moment i have 4 total compatible ink cartridges of X manufacturer in my printer. 3 of them are depleted and one is half full which is black. What happens if i replace 3 depleted cartridges ...
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Is removing a cartridge from an inkjet printer for longer safe for the printer?

If you remove a cartridge from an inkjet printer for longer, cartridge nozzles will dry out so you'll need to clean them in some way or buy new cartridge. Is there something that can happen to the ...
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Could an epson TX220 printer “break” for letting empty cartridges for a lot of time?

I remember having some old printer that stopped working well after I didn't change an empty cartridge for a long time. Could this happen on an Epson TX220? I have one with empty cartridges since like ...
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Could my refilled printer cartridge be the cause of my misaligned printing?

For the first time, instead of using a genuine cartridge, I bought a refilled one on eBay. And, for the first time, the colour output is badly misaligned and results in blurred output. If I print ...
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How long do untouched cartridges last?

I have an Epson SX215 printer. Can I buy multiple cartridges without being worried about their expiration time? I plan to have around 3 of them, and for me they might suffice for about half a year. ...
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Best way to save ink in inkjet printer when rarely used?

I have a semi-nice printer that I use occasionally (say once every 1-4 weeks), with times where I won't touch it for a while then one day print a bunch of pictures or just documents. The use though ...
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How do I resolve “The following ink tank cannot be recognized” on my Canon MP 990?

I just got my cartridges refilled and the black one says "The following ink tank cannot be recognized". It won't let me print with this error. The cartridge successfully snaps and the cartridge LED ...
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Where to find a list of printers which require my cartridge type?

My HP 4355 Officejet printer recently died, and I have lots of unused cartridges. Is there a list of printers which would require the HP 21 ink cartridge?