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Some Ways to Deal With Encrypted Ink Cartridges
Posted by on 8/26/2011 to Inkjet Printer Ink
There is nothing worse than buying a brand new printer, only to find that it has encrypted ink cartridges. Basically, if you buy a printer with this type of cartridge, simply refilling it will do no good. The only thing that will happen is the printer will continue to show that it is out of ink. While manufacturers think this solves the problem of all the money lost on home refills, there are a number of ways to get around it. Without a question, if you are already angered by the exorbitant cost of ink cartridges, you will make it your business to choose one or more of these options.

Finding a Cartridge Resetter Device

In most cases, it is possible to reset the cartridge if you know which metallic points on ink cartridges will cause the computer to read the cartridge as full. While they can sometimes be difficult to find, there are refill kits that come with a resetting device. Even though you may have to spend a bit of extra money for one of these kits, it will be well worth it in the long run.

Altering the Software Driver

As you may be aware, many people today are as fed up with the Windows operating system as they are with expensive ink cartridges. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that many people are switching to free versions of Linux.

Interestingly enough, you may be able to get a driver for your printer under Linux that will either disregard information about whether or not ink cartridges are empty. At the same time, even if the driver reads this information, you can either ask someone to tweak the driver for you, or do the job yourself. Chances are, you would be surprised at the number of people in Linux forums that will be happy to edit drivers and other elements for free, as well as teach you how to do it on your own.

Buying Refurbished Ink Cartridges

When you have a busy schedule and little inclination to attend the technical details associated with encrypted ink cartridges, you may simply decide to buy a refurbished cartridge. As a general rule of thumb, these cartridges will already be reset, and ready to load into your printer. Some other advantages include:

No need to worry about messy spills and other problems associated with home refills
Be assured of the quality of the ink being used
Save money and the environment when you turn your old cartridge in for recycling
Never worry about the printer head clogging or dying out in the middle of a print job

If you want to save money on ink cartridges you will have two basic choices. First, you can stop using your printer and make it a point to go paperless. When that is not possible, then you will need to make use of ink refills or refurbished printer cartridges. Since most new ink cartridges today are encrypted, you are likely to feel that simply buying a refurbished cartridge instead of refilling an old one will represent your best option.
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