Printer Cartridge refill


C

Clark

Anyone know any tricks to refilling an Epson C80 Cartridge? It has been
mentioned there may be a chip that tells the printer when the cartridge is
empty that may have to be reset.

Basically, how do you get the ink to flow again in the cartridge?

Thanks,
Clark
 
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M

mcheu

Anyone know any tricks to refilling an Epson C80 Cartridge? It has been
mentioned there may be a chip that tells the printer when the cartridge is
empty that may have to be reset.

Basically, how do you get the ink to flow again in the cartridge?

Thanks,
Clark
A couple of mentions: I don't own an Epson, nor am I particularly
familiar with current Epson cartridges or printer model numbers.

On Lexmarks which use such a chip, if you add a little bit of ink as
you go, or just before it runs completely dry, you can keep the
cartridge going. The trick being that since the cartridge doesn't run
dry, the chip won't disable the cartridge. The gotcha is that the
ink-level meter may never give you an accurate reading ever again on
that cartridge so you just have to basically guess when to add ink.
Too much or too often and the cart will leak or print with blobs on
your pages. Too little, or too seldom, you'll get missing patches on
your documents and the possibly run the cart dry.

On older epsons, where the chip isn't used, getting the ink flowing is
simply a matter of *attempting* to print a bunch pages (possibly 2-20)
until you actually get something appearing on the page.
 
D

Devang Devani

A couple of mentions: I don't own an Epson, nor am I particularly
familiar with current Epson cartridges or printer model numbers.

On Lexmarks which use such a chip, if you add a little bit of ink as
you go, or just before it runs completely dry, you can keep the
cartridge going. The trick being that since the cartridge doesn't run
dry, the chip won't disable the cartridge. The gotcha is that the
ink-level meter may never give you an accurate reading ever again on
that cartridge so you just have to basically guess when to add ink.
Too much or too often and the cart will leak or print with blobs on
your pages. Too little, or too seldom, you'll get missing patches on
your documents and the possibly run the cart dry.

On older epsons, where the chip isn't used, getting the ink flowing is
simply a matter of *attempting* to print a bunch pages (possibly 2-20)
until you actually get something appearing on the page.
As far as I know the ink level in the cartridge has absolutely nothing to do
the level the chip is telling the printer. The chip uses some kind of
mathematical algorithm to determine when you "should" be out of ink
depending on the number of print cycles you've sent to your printer.

I've had many people try refilling a cartridge with a chip (Epson, HP,
Lexmark) that said it was "half" empty (or half full for the optimists in
the crowd) but when the printer showed that the cartridge needed to be
changed you can easily tell that there was still ink inside the cartridge
(by weight and by gently pressing the printhead on the bottom of the
cartridge which allows the ink to flow out).

There are many places that can refill such a cartridge and in the process
they actually replace the chip, just look in your local computer paper to
see who does.
 
N

Norm

Clark, go to google.com and click on groups. Navigate to
comp.periphs.printers and do a search on "epson c80 refill" and read away.
 
P

Phlyo

Try this link. I use this to clear the CSIC chip in my Epson 777 ink
cartridges. Read the documentation and check the posts in the forum
before using it. It works for some and does not work for others. It
worked really nice for me. I think Epson really tried to screw over a
lot of people. I hope the few people that are suing them cash in on
this.
www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
 
C

Clark

Thanks for the help folks. I should be able to make a decision using all
your responses.

Clark
 
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M

mcheu

As far as I know the ink level in the cartridge has absolutely nothing to do
the level the chip is telling the printer. The chip uses some kind of
mathematical algorithm to determine when you "should" be out of ink
depending on the number of print cycles you've sent to your printer.

I've had many people try refilling a cartridge with a chip (Epson, HP,
Lexmark) that said it was "half" empty (or half full for the optimists in
the crowd) but when the printer showed that the cartridge needed to be
changed you can easily tell that there was still ink inside the cartridge
(by weight and by gently pressing the printhead on the bottom of the
cartridge which allows the ink to flow out).

There are many places that can refill such a cartridge and in the process
they actually replace the chip, just look in your local computer paper to
see who does.
Are you certain of this? I have to admit I've had mixed success with
refilling cartridges, but I've never had my printer just plain refuse
to print with one that's been refilled in the manner I mentioned.

It's possible it may have something to do with my printer being an
older model (a lexmark 3200).

Mostly, if I overfill it, it just dribbles ink causing a mess. If I
underfill it, or don't soak the sponge evenly, I get patchy prints.
By this I mean that I'd end up with a line here and there that has
sections missing from the characters, like you'd get as the cartridge
was running out and the head was sputtering. All of this was to be
expected. As I mentioned, the only weird side effect I got was that
the cartridge level on the driver's meter would always show a
perpetual high level or a perpetual low level (regardless of the
actual ink in the cartridge).

I've not modified the printer in any way, nor have I ever modified the
cartridges, except for a hole drilled in the pink plastic on top for
the syringe. The printer certainly wasn't modified before I got it,
as I bought it new about 4 years ago.
 
C

Clark

Thanks Phlyo, the person I was asking for said they downloaded the program
and it worked great. I may have to do the same thing! :))

Clark
 
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I have tryed a couple times to refill in and it never works .I end up wasting money. I think I bu a cartridge this time

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