How To Reset an Ink Cartridge [Regardless of Brand]

It’s a fact jack: Sometimes ink cartridges stop working even when they’ve still got ink left inside.

Worse yet, when one color quits working the entire inkjet shuts down, even if you only need black text. Arrgh!

Fear not, printer warrior. We’ll show you how to handle a pesky printer ink cartridge, regardless of brand and model. Read on

How To Reset Ink Cartridge

Psst! Want to know the secret to resetting the chip on an ink cartridge?

Here’s how to reset ink cartridges, regardless of brand. 

  • Locate the chip. It’s a tiny green circuit board about the quarter of the size of a postage stamp. They are often located on the front or bottom of your printer cartridge.
  • Bend a paperclip. You know the trick. You’ve been bending paper clips to solve computer problems since the days of floppy disks! In case you don’t know, simply find a sturdy paper clip and bend one leg out straight. This makes a perfect “poker” for getting inside those tiny buttons and eject ports that can be found on nearly all modern electronics. The stiff wire of a bent paperclip is perfect for resetting the chip on your ink cartridge.
Resetting Epson ink cartridge with a paper clip

How do you reset an Epson ink cartridge with a paper clip? A bent paper clip takes aim at resetting an Epson ink cartridge. Image by Brusspup.

  • Press the tiny reset button located beside the chip and hold for 10 seconds. Depending on the brand and model of the cartridge, you may not need to hold the button for 10 seconds, but it won’t harm the cartridge so do it anyway just to be safe. 
  • Done. Replace the ink cartridge in your printer and check the ink level monitor. It should read 100% full.

So now you know how…but why? What are these weird green things and what do they do? 

The answers to these questions and more lie ahead.

Low Ink and Ink Level Basics

Most printer models use ink cartridges that have a chip built into them. This chip monitors the ink level inside the cartridge. But the memory of these chips are notoriously not very accurate. This is why you will sometimes get an error message that says you are out even when there is printer ink remaining. 

When your ink is low, you will see a warning indicator light on the printer’s LCD screen.

In some cases, printing activities may stop if the cartridge is empty. You will need to turn the printer’s power off, remove the empty, and replace it. Once the cartridge is replaced with fresh ink, you can restore your printer’s power, turn the machine on, and resume printing.

Computer chips on ink cartridges

Computer chips located on the front of a quartet of ink cartridges.

What An Ink Cartridge Chip Does

The chip serves a couple of functions. It tells the printer what color ink is printing and verifies that it is a usable cartridge. 

If you’re an inkjet printer owner, you may want to consider resetting your ink cartridges whenever you get low ink warnings.

Clearing the memory can give you a more accurate idea of your printer’s ink levels, the number of pages still available to print, and other valuable printing information. 

You want your ink level monitor to be correct. You wouldn’t drive a car with a faulty gas indicator gauge. That’s an error in judgment!

Don’t make the same mistake with your printer’s ink levels. (If you stain your hands or clothes while refilling, turn that frown upside down! Here’s how to clean up!)

Hey, Where’s That Button?

Just above the circuit board on most printer cartridges, you’ll find a small button. You’ve seen these tiny buttons before on cell phones, phone chargers, etc.

This is your reset button, and the only way to get in there is either with a paper clip or the tip of a pen (which will leave a tiny ink smudge on the button).  

In addition, keep your printer well maintained for best printing results.

Reset button on ink cartridge

The refill ports of an HP 61 tri-color cartridge. The reset is located just to the right of the magenta port. (Image from Pinterest.)

Using A Chip Resetter For Epson and Others

Some ink cartridge chips must be reset electronically.

Many third-party companies sell electronic chip resetters. You can buy third-party ink cartridge resetters for almost any ink cartridge. This allows you to refill these cartridges and reuse them in your printer. 

If you buy a resetter for your ink cartridges, we suggest a USB-powered model. Some of the battery-powered models may not have enough voltage to fully reset your cartridge, whereas you’ll never have to worry about a power supply if you have a USB-powered resetter.

Chip technology today has become much more advanced. Print manufacturers do not want you to refill your cartridges — they want you to buy new ones from them.

Therefore they’ve designed chips that are individually coded for each printer. This does not allow you to reuse the same cartridge in your printer even if you refill it and reset it.

The printer will not recognize a chip that has been previously used. This is true for several models of Epson photo printers.

Unlike Epson printers, however, Canon photo printers allow you to refill the ink and reset the cartridges.

Resetting Epson Ink Cartridges

Many Epson chips can be reset using a software-based resetter. Bonus —  many are free to download! Once reset, your printer thinks the ink is full.

Once you open a software-based resetter, prompts on-screen will walk you through the steps to reset your Epson cartridges.

Some Epson cartridge resetters are physical devices that you actually insert the cartridge into and they electronically reset the chip. You can pick up a resetter for Epson and other brands online for between five and $20. There are different receptors for different printers, so make sure you shop around and use your correct model number. 

To use a physical chip resetter, simply press the four contacts on the chip against the contacts on the resetter.

On most receptors, a light will flash and then go solid green letting you know the reset is complete. Pop that cartridge back in your Epson and check your ink levels.

If all goes well, they should show 100% full!

How To Reset Epson Ink Cartridge Chip Without Resetter

Hey, you can reset Epson ink cartridge without resetter!

As shown above, you can reset Epson chips by pressing and holding the button above the chip with a bent paper clip for 10 seconds.

Resetting HP Ink Cartridges

HP printers are famous for refusing to accept third-party cartridges. But there are workarounds.

Resetting HP ink cartridges

The tape points to reset an HP cartridge. (Image from Pinterest.)

The contacts on an HP chip are strange. They lean towards each other like that tower in Pisa, almost touching towards the top. Regardless, locating the contacts that control the color ink level settings is fairly easy.

After refilling your cartridge, cover the blue ink level contact with a small piece of tape. This is the uppermost contact atop the second column of contacts from the left. Put the cartridge in, let the printer read it, then take it out again. 

Move the tape from the blue contact to the red contact. Take a small piece of adhesive tape and cover the red contact. This is the uppermost contact on the second column from the right. Make sure the tape only covers the surface of the contact (the tiny copper square you’ll find on the green circuit board). Insert, read, and remove the cartridge as before. 

Repeat this process with the two green ink level contacts located just below the red contact and beside it, atop the first column on the right. (These contacts are in green in the diagram above.)

Check your ink levels after the printer is allowed to run through its cycle again. They should be 100% full.

How To Bypass HPs “Used or Counterfeit Printer Cartridge” Error

Did you ever get a flashing “Used or Counterfeit Printer Cartridge” message on your HP inkjet following a compatible cartridge install?

Yeah, we hate that. As already mentioned above, HP inkjets are famous for refusing to accept third-party cartridges. However, here’s how to bypass that flashing message.

In the Windows operating system:

  • Open Devices and Printers
  • Select the active printer
  • Click on HP Printer System 
  • Click the Maintain Your Printer tab
  • Click the HP Cartridge Protection tab 
  • Click off the Disable HP Cartridge Protection button
  • Click ok to save settings

Resetting HP Toners

You can reset your HP laser printer toner cartridge too. Sometimes laser printers report low or empty toners sooner than they have to. 

In fact, your old laser printer cartridge might still have some powdery pigment inside of it. If the toner cartridge feels heavy when you take it out, you may not be due for a refill just yet.

  • Try an ink-saving mode. Most HP printers will prompt you to switch to low-toner prints once they detect low toner levels. 
  • Shake your cartridge. The first thing you should try with an HP LaserJet cartridge that’s supposedly empty. This old-school trick will free up the toner particles that are stuck to the inside walls and nooks. After you mount it back to your printer, it may register it as full. You may need to deactivate the ink-saving mode for the printer to detect toner levels properly.

Due to HP’s clever 128-bit encryption, page number resetters for HP toners are nearly non-existent. However, if it turns out your HP laser printer needs a refill, you can bypass HP’s smart OEM toner detection.  

  • Turn off toner level monitoring on the printer. This will allow you to use a refilled toner despite the chip reporting it as empty.
  • Install an HP chip to a replacement cartridge. This requires some fine motor skills and good tools. You’ll also possibly need to turn off toner level monitoring on the printer. 

Get an aftermarket chip for a refilled cartridge. The majority of modern HP toner cartridges are equipped with a small chip that communicates toner levels to the printer.

As already mentioned above, HP cartridges come with a clever encryption that doesn’t allow page resetting. That means that you’ll need to do a lot of handiwork to get a refilled or off-brand toner to work in your LaserJet printer. 

In the case of HP JetIntelligence toners like HP 414A, refilling and resetting the cartridge might not be worth your while. Consider getting OEM toner instead.

Resetting Canon Ink Cartridges

Canon printers have thermal printheads. The ink actually cools the print heads down, and if you run empty cartridges the print heads can overheat and get damaged. 

There’s a trick we’ve seen that could help here. But you will need four OEM Canon cartridges — filled or empty — to pull this trick off. Canon printers can only remember four different chip serial numbers.

So, if you replace and remove the four Canon cartridges, and, on the fifth attempt, install a newly refilled cartridge, the printer should accept the cartridge, and ink levels should read as full. If you get Error 5200 on your Canon printer you can try some of our other solutions.

How to Reset Canon Pixma Ink Cartridge

In many cases, you can press and hold the “ok” or “resume” button on the front of the printer for about 10 seconds.

This prompts resetting Canon ink cartridge and should allow you to continue printing.

How to Reset Samsung Toner Chip

There is a strange situation going on with the drum units inside Samsung laser printers.

The drum units are “programmed to fail” and stop working after a certain number of pages. You can get a little more life out of your drum unit — and get rid of that error message — by resetting the chip on the end of the drum unit.

Behind that chip are two resistors — a flimsy 56K ohm and a meaty 200K ohm. Replace the 56K ohm resistor and the printer will see the drum as new and restore the page count back to zero.

How To Reset Brother Ink Cartridge Chip

When you get the big red “X” on the LCD display of your Brother printer it means it’s time to replace the cartridge. Or, you can refill and reset the chip.

You can use a chip resetter to reset the chips and buy your non-OEM ink from a reliable distributor. 

Also, Brother printers will sometimes tell you the ink is empty when you can clearly see liquid left in the cartridges. These cartridges have a little clear node on the front.

The printer uses a sensor to look for ink inside this clear nodule. If it doesn’t see ink it will give you an empty ink cartridge message.

The quick fix is to simply cover that sensor with a piece of black electrical tape. The printer’s sensor sees a solid color and reads 100% full ink!

How To Reset Lexmark Ink Cartridge Chip

First, open the printer’s access cover and wait for the ink cartridge carriage to come to a stop. Install the new ink cartridge and close the printer’s access door. 

Second, wait for the printer’s ink monitoring software to detect the new ink cartridge. You’ll get an error message warning you the cartridge is not a genuine OEM Lexmark cartridge.

Next, click on the option on the ink monitoring software that lets you proceed. Another warning will pop up on the printer’s screen detailing that you are using refilled or third-party cartridges and may void the printer’s warranty. No worries. Click ok and proceed.

Each time you install a refilled or third-party cartridge you will need to follow the on-screen instructions to disable the Lexmark ink monitoring software.

Remember, since the monitoring software is not functioning it will not know your ink levels. Don’t run dry!

Show Your Printer Who’s The Boss With A Hard Restart!

Sometimes you have to get physical. Perform a hard restart by unplugging the power cord from your printer.

Press and hold the printer’s start button for at least 10 seconds to reset your printer.

Send a print job to the printer before you plug it back in. Once the print job has been sent to the machine, plug it back in and your printer should override the ink cartridge settings. 

Conversely, you can select and hold the power button which will restart your printer.

Cash Out Your Surplus Office Supplies

At some point you’re going to find yourself with extra ink and/or toner cartridges.

Maybe you got a new printer and you’re stuck with leftover supplies. Maybe you ordered the wrong printer cartridges and forgot to return them. Either way, you can turn your extra printing supplies into cash with Cash 4 Toners. Visit us online…we want your leftover ink and toner cartridges!

67 comments on “How To Reset an Ink Cartridge [Regardless of Brand]”

  1. Kerry

    4 hours later and it all came down to a paper clip! I had tried everything. Thank you!!!

    Reply
  2. Max

    How about a tool for HP laser toner Cartridge Chips?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Max, we haven’t been able to locate such a tool. All the HP toner chip resets we’ve found are accomplished electronically by pushing various buttons on the printer in a specific sequence. Any creative types out there with a 3D printer want to create an HP chip resetter tool for Max?

      Reply
      1. Ale

        Hi, Do you know of any key sequences that work on HP Ink tank wireless 415 ? It says ther’s a problem with the black cartridge even though the paper I´ve printed before it had no problems. Seems like a counter/ cartidge chip issue for me.

        Reply
        1. Rob Errera

          To reset your HP ink tank wireless 415, press and hold both the Wireless button and the Cancel button on the printer control panel for three seconds.
          If you’re getting E4 paper jam errors on your HP ink tank, Ale, you may want to check out this video.

          Reply
  3. Bryan Mark

    I cant find the reset point for my epson 212 cartridges? Do you know where they are?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      This is an interesting question, Bryan,
      This Amazon customer suggests that original Epson 212 cartridges cannot be refilled or reset … refillable cartridges must be used.
      But this YouTube video shows Epson cartridges being reset with a resetting tool, but we can’t guarantee it will work with your printer.
      Our suggestion would be to stick with genuine OEM replacement ink cartridges. In our experience, Epson printers can be especially finicky when it comes to refilling and/or third-party replacement cartridges.

      Reply
  4. TH Lim

    Hi, sorry, I was unable to find the reset button above the chip, of epson ink cartridge T04E.
    Can you please show me the location of the button.

    Thanks.
    TH Lim

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      This Wikihow article has some helpful illustrations, TH!

      Reply
  5. sushi

    How can I reset a HP 61282 tri colored cartridge?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Instead of us walking you through the steps, Sushi, check out how the folks at Wikihow do it here!

      Reply
  6. Andrew grant

    Which multi function wireless photo printer , do you recommend as giving good quality results, and easy to make use 3rd party cartridges. Not bothered about speed .
    Want good quality photo prints up to A4, able to print wirelessly from phones etc.
    Most important no functionality can be disabled that can not be simply overridden.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      You can check out our list of the best all-in-one printers for 2020 here, Andrew.

      Reply
  7. Shameka Taylor

    Will this work with the sublimation cartridges for a Epson WF-7720?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Sublimation ink is a special type of ink that, when heated, transforms from a solid to a gas. It’s great for transferring images to fabric. Assuming you’re using a genuine Epson cartridge — or refilling an OEM Epson cartridge with sublimation ink — you should be able to reset your Epson WF-7720 cartridge like you would any other, Shameka.

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      1. Kashy

        Thanks for the solutions. However, my cartridge (901) doesn’t seem to have that button. The problem it has is that it prints blank and rejects ink even when empty. Can you suggest me a solution to this? I’d be very grateful.

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        1. Rob Errera

          You may be able to reset the cartridge on the printer, Kashy. Try turning your printer on, wait 20 seconds, then turn the printer off and wait until it completely shuts down. Repeat this process five times. This should erase the cartridge ID number from the printer’s memory. Also, this video may be helpful.

          Reply
  8. Andrew Bobeszko

    Hi Rob,
    Thank you for clear explanation of resetting cartridge chips. I wonder whether you could send me a link that describes contacts on the Epson SX235N chip, their numbers, functions, type of chip, and possibly the schematic diagram of connections.
    Andrew

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Looks like you might need to replace the entire chip if you want to reset an Epson SX235N cartridge, Andrew, but you can buy some from China for under $10 here.

      Reply
      1. Erica Gonzales

        How can I reset my hp 6255 printer after refilling the ink cartridges

        Reply
        1. Rob Errera

          You will likely get an error message on your HP 6255 after installing refilled ink cartridges, Erica, but in most cases, you can ignore these warnings and simply press the continue button to continue printing. Your printer might not be able to accurately monitor your ink levels, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the quality of your prints.
          If you need to reset your HP 6255 to factory default settings, go to the control panel on your printer, and click the gear icon (Settings). Scroll down to the bottom and click Restore to Factory Default Settings.

          Reply
  9. Travis Combs

    What model chip resetter do you use for a epson 128220 printer

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      We don’t sell chip resetters, Travis, and we can’t endorse any third-party products. That being said, if you poke around the Internet you can find something like this, which should work for you.

      Reply
  10. Vai

    Hey there, I was wondering if its possible to rest hp 58a cartridges (Im using it for hp404dn).
    Appreciate all the efforts.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Flip that cartridge over and look at the contacts, Vai. If you place a piece of tape over the top contact of the second row from the right, and a piece of tape over the bottom contact of the third row from the right, you may be able to fool your HP 404dn into believing the ink cartridge is full. You can remove the tape on the cartridge once your HP 404dn starts printing a test page. This video goes into more detail. Good luck!

      Reply
  11. Ashley

    I have an HP envy 4500 and used third party ink cartridges. It’s telling me that the cartridge is for an older generation of printer. I reset it by hitting the line button then home then line 2 times. I was able to print the model number while I was in support menu but it goes back to error. What do you recommend I do from here?

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    1. Rob Errera

      Try these steps from HP support, Ashley.
      1. Remove the cartridges from your printer.
      2. With the printer turned on, unplug the power cord from the back of your printer and wait 30 seconds.
      3. Plug back in and power up the printer.
      4. Reinstall the ink cartridges when the printer requests them.
      You can learn more about HP error messages here.
      Good luck, Ashley! Avoid future problems by sticking with OEM ink cartridges!

      Reply
  12. Duane

    Would this work for a sawgrass sg500 sublimation printer.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      The Sawgrass SG500 is a fine sublimation printer, Duane, but resetting the chips can be a challenge. This video shows a user having success by replacing the chip on his SG500 cartridges. Check it out!

      Reply
  13. Ganesh Gokhale

    I am using new HP 802 cartridges in my HP 1510 printer.
    BUT unable to use it because of both ink cartridges lights are blinking

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Try these steps from HP support, Ganesh.
      1. Take the cartridges out of your printer.
      2. Kill the power to the printer by unplugging the power cord.
      3. Wait 30 seconds.
      4. Plug the cord back into the printer.
      5. When the printer requests new ink cartridges, reinstall your cartridges.
      Hopefully, this does the trick! You can learn more about HP’s blinking lights and error messages here.

      Reply
  14. Farida Jawaid

    Please help me reset my hp 61282 cartridge.

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    1. Rob Errera

      Ok, Farida, let’s do this!
      Flip the cartridge over and look at the contacts on the bottom. There should be four rows of contacts on the right, four rows of contacts on the left, and two rows of contacts in a V-shape in the middle.
      Cover the four rows of contacts on the right with a piece of tape and install the cartridge in your printer. Ignore any error messages.
      Your HP printer should print an alignment page.
      Remove the cartridge again once the alignment page has been printed and tape over the four rows of contacts on the left side of the cartridge. This should leave only the two center rows of contacts exposed.
      Place the cartridge back in the printer for ten seconds and remove it. You can remove both strips of tape from the contacts and reinstall the cartridge, which should show a full ink level.

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  15. Shubham Gupta

    Hi Rob,
    Love what you are doing for us¸
    I have trouble resetting the ink cartridges of my HP Deskjet 3630 printer. Could you please help me with the steps?

    Thanks in Advance!!

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    1. Rob Errera

      Thanks, Shubham! Try these steps from HP support to reset your HP 3630’s ink cartridges.
      1. Take the cartridges out of your printer.
      2. Kill the power to the printer by unplugging the power cord.
      3. Wait 30 seconds.
      4. Plug the cord back into the printer and power up.
      5. When the printer requests new ink cartridges, reinstall your cartridges.
      Hopefully, this does the trick! You can learn more about HP’s dreaded blinking lights and error messages here.

      Reply
  16. Jean-Franois Nol

    Hello, wonderful help, thanks!
    Did you find a way to reset the T320? (Epson PM-400)

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      We’ve had no luck finding a reliable chip resetter or even replacement chips for Epson T320 ink cartridges, Jean-Francois. However, this video may offer some solutions using the Epson PM-400 menu panel.

      Reply
  17. Jaydeep

    Hy i have refilled black 304 cartridge in my hp desk jet 2600. Now it shows up cartridge failure.
    From where can i reset the ink level.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Okay, Jay, turn your printer on, wait 20 seconds, and turn it off again. Allow the printer to completely shut down. Repeat this process five more times to clear the HP cartridge ID from the printer’s memory. Good luck!

      Reply
  18. frank H

    How to reset a 3011 Blk Cartridge for a Brother MCF-J491DW using a paper clip?
    Thanks!

    Reply
  19. stephanie

    Hi Rob, Firstly thank you so very much for such an informative write up, its very well written, will plenty of detail. I own the epson 440 and my search for resetting the cartridges led me here to your website. You mentioned their are 3rd party chip resetting firmware/programs available, some of them being free, do you have any suggestions on where im able to download one. Most ive come across are free, but will lock you out of the printer without buying an activation code.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      It seems some Epson printers must get a printer error message before the ink levels can be reset. This video explains it further and may be helpful. We haven’t found any free resetters for Epson, just ones like this for around $14.

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      1. Jennifer

        Hi, I’m having issues getting around the hp officejet 4630’s hp61 ink cartridge saying it’s empty well before it is “actually” empty. Is there a work around for this cartridge? I looked at your other hp cartridge resets but mine doesn’t have the little reset hole and the contacts on the chip do not look the same as the one in your hp cartridge diagram. Thank you for any help you can give!

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        1. Rob Errera

          There’s still life left in those ink cartridges, Jennifer! Don’t give up on them. First, make sure your drivers and firmware are up to date. You can download them here. If the printer still won’t give you an accurate ink level reading, you can perform a factory reset. Here’s what HP recommends:
          1. Disconnect the power cable from the printer while the printer is still ON.
          2. Disconnect any other cables if connected to the printer.
          3. Press and hold the printer’s power button for 15 seconds.
          4. The printer should be directly connected to the wall outlet and not to a surge protector.
          5. Reconnect the power cable to print and the printer should power ON by itself. If the printer doesn’t power ON then please manually power it ON.
          Good luck, Jennifer!

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  20. Giovanni

    Hi Rob,

    Could you please tell me if there is a way to reset the 33xl Epson compatible cartridges?
    My Epson XP-7100 indicates that a cartridge is empty and to be replaced, but there’s still some ink there. No reset button beside the chip. No resetter found.
    Tanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      First, Giovanni, hit the Home button on the front of your Epson 7100 and select Settings. Scroll down to Restore Default Settings. Select the reset option that says, “All Except Network Settings”, and select Yes to reset the printer. This may help reset the ink counter on your printer cartridge. This video may also be helpful.

      Reply
  21. Giovanni

    Hi Rob,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I had already watched that video, but it’s not helpful for my issue.
    I’ve also reset the printer, but the problem persists.
    So I took another approach: I’ve replaced the chip of the cartridge at issue with the chip of a new and equivalent cartridge. At least I don’t have to throw away a cartridge with a high level of remaining ink. And since the problem occurred only with the cartridge with black ink, which is the most capacious and durable one, I think it can be a solution not too bad.
    Are you agree?

    Thanks again.

    Reply
  22. Vito

    Hello Frank,
    I have an hp office jet 3830 and have been purchasing non oem ink cartridges and finding that it is hit and miss. Today I have tried using an UPSEK ( brand ) Black 63XL and the printer isn’t recognizing it and to replace the indicated cartridge.
    I did try the following steps to no avail,
    1. Take the cartridges out of your printer.
    2. Kill the power to the printer by unplugging the power cord.
    3. Wait 30 seconds.
    4. Plug the cord back into the printer and power up.
    5. When the printer requests new ink cartridges, reinstall your cartridges.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

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    1. Rob Errera

      Your experience is not uncommon, Vito. Third-party cartridges are notorious for giving incorrect ink levels. The best advice we can give is to stick with genuine HP ink cartridges. They cost more, but they work right every time!

      Reply
  23. Mike

    HI, is it possible to perform a toner reset on a LaserJet M553 Printer? I have googled my eyes out to no avail. Any help wouyld be greatly appreciated!!

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      First, turn your M553 off via the power button on the printer.
      Next, restart the printer while holding down the “Go” or green button until the monitor reads “Cold Reset” and the printer motors begin to run.
      Release the Go button. The printer should say, “initializing” then, “restoring Factory Settings,” and finally, “Offline.”
      Hit the Go button a final time to bring the printer back online.
      This should reset the toner chip, Mike. Good luck and happy printing.

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  24. Lucy

    Hi Rob, I’m about to purchase an Epson SureColor A1 Inkjet Printer T3160N and have been researching where to get ink to refill the cartridges but I am hitting a dead end. Can you refill these cartridges and what ink do you use to do it? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      The Epson SureColor A1 is a great printer for professional quality, large format graphics, Lucy, but we haven’t found a cheap way to refill its ink cartridges. And, in all honesty, if you’re paying for a high-end printer, you probably shouldn’t cut corners with replacement ink cartridges. You’ll get the best results with genuine Epson ink cartridges.

      Reply
  25. Fahad

    Hi, Is it possible to reset HP MFP135w W1107A laser toner cartridge chip?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      You’ll need to find third-party compatible replacement chips, Fahad. This YouTuber uses peel-and-stick replacement chips that seem to work well.
      This guy on YouTube shows how to remove and replace the chip on an HP W1106A cartridge, the same as the W1107A, only it’s sold in a different part of the world. If you try this method, be careful with that utility knife!
      This guy does a great job refurbishing and refilling a W1107A cartridge, but it looks like a LOT of work for little savings and questionable print quality.
      Another workaround might be to turn off the chip info for your HP printer. You can learn more about that here.

      Reply
  26. Louiemar Tan

    Hi, how to reuse HP GT 5820 protected cartridge to another same model HP Printer

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      Looks like you’ll need to remove HP Cartridge Protection from your GT5820 cartridge, Louiemar. To disable the cartridge setting on your HP printer, go to your computer’s control panel and select the printers tab. Select your HP printer from the list of printers. Locate the HP toolbox, click the “disable cartridge protection, and click save. This should allow you to use your HP GT 5820 cartridge in another HP printer model, Louiemar.

      Reply
  27. John Wilkinson

    I have an HP Tango which uses the HP 64 cartridge. No “Pisa” towers. Which pins do I cover?

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      I think this image from Pinterest may be helpful, John.

      Reply
  28. Muz

    HI, can you help with resetting Primera LX500 cartridges please. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Rob Errera

      According to Primera, you should go to the control panel on your LX500 and select Printers and Faxes.
      Select your printer and click on Printing Preferences. You can choose Clean/Change Cartridges, Check Ink Levels, or Ink Levels and Cartridge Maintenance under preferences. Any of these choices should reset your Primera LX500 cartridges.
      Click the Change button.
      Choose which cartridges you are changing, black or color.
      Best of luck, Muz!

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  29. Nadeem Khan

    HI, How can reset HP M630 Printer (cartridge 281x) after refill.

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    1. Rob Errera

      The HP 81X (CF 281X) toner cartridge isn’t designed to be refilled, so I assume you’ve already found a way around this, Nadeem, maybe by drilling a new hole into the cartridge or removing one or both of the endcaps. Either way, you will also need to replace the chip on this cartridge to get it to work in your HP M630. These guys in Germany demonstrate how to pry off the old chip and install a new one. Good luck, Nadeem! Be careful with the knife and hot glue!

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  30. Neglaka

    I have my hp 2375 printer which has two 667xl cartridges, one color and the other black. when I make a print or copy in black, arriving at the half of the process of copying or printing the black light starts to flash and ejects the paper without finishing the copy or the print. the 2 cartridges are authentic and I haven’t even printed 100 pages yet. you can help me?

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    1. Rob Errera

      When in doubt, uninstall your printer and reset it to its original factory default settings, Neglaka.
      You can restore your HP 2375 to its original factory settings by turning the printer on, pressing the power button, holding the cancel button (“X”) for three seconds, and then releasing both buttons. Your HP 2375 should print out a test page to let you know the printer is reset. Good luck, Neglaka!

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  31. Charm

    Hi, I have tried everything possible with my Hp 63 original in cartridge. to override. It is still showing ink level depleted even after I have reinked the cartridge and over the chip thing the test print comes out perfect showing the colors and it said it has aligned however when I print my document it comes out black and white only and showing me estimated ink level for the color is empty.
    The color cartridge is full. Can you show a picture of where to cover on the HP 63 chip after refilling the ink please.

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    1. Rob Errera

      You can find the image you’re looking for here on Pinterest, Charm.

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