Do You Know How to Override Printer Ink-levels When Sublimation printing?
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Chip reset devices let you disable ink-level warnings with refilled inkjet cartridges.
With many printers, the “printer low on ink” message may lead you to believe that the cartridge needs immediate replacement. However, the cartridge often still has enough ink to print many pages before you actually need to replace it. Likewise, you may also see a warning message if you use refilled or re-manufactured ink cartridges. If “low ink” messages are slowing down your productivity, you can disable or override them to print more efficiently.
Disable Low-Ink Warnings
- Right-click an open area on the Windows Start screen. Click the “All Apps” icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Click the icon on the Apps screen that launches the print application for your printer. For instance, if you have an HP printer, the program name may be the same as the model of your printer. With other printers, the application name may be “Printer Smart Utility,” “Printer Configuration” or something similar.
- Click the “Configuration,” “Tools” or “Utilities” icon on the print application toolbar. Alternatively, click the “Estimated Ink Levels” icon if the application has one. Wait a few seconds for the application to communicate with the printer and determine its current status and ink levels.
- Click the “Advanced Settings,” “Advanced Configuration” or “Warnings” tab or link.
- Enable the “Do Not Show Me Low Ink Level Warnings” or other similar option and then click the “OK” button. Close the print application.
Refilled or Re-manufactured Cartridges
- Purchase a chip-reset device compatible with the ink cartridges in your inkjet printer. You can purchase chip-reset devices from our company. Please contact us online.
- Remove the ink cartridges from the printer according to the directions in the user guide or owner’s manual. With some printers, you can also find cartridge replacement directions on the inside of the maintenance cover or scanner lid if the device is a multifunction printer.
- Flip the first cartridge over so you can see the metal contacts on the bottom. Align the contacts on the bottom of the cartridge with those on the chip-reset device. Press the chip-reset device firmly against the bottom of the cartridge chip until the tool locks in place onto the ink tank. Press the button on the reset device for three to five seconds until the tool’s LED light stops flashing. Press the unlock button or pull the locking lever to disengage the chip-reset device from the ink cartridge.
- Use the device to reset chips in other cartridges for the printer as needed. Reinsert the cartridges in the printer and cycle or initialize them for use according to the manufacturer’s directions. Use the printer as you normally would. You should no longer see “low ink” or “invalid cartridge” warnings when using refilled or remanufactured cartridges in the printer.
With a few older Epson inkjet printers, you may be able to reset the ink-level chip and disable warnings with a software utility. To do this, download the “SSC Service Utility for Epson Printers” and install it on your computer (link in Resources). Run the application, select your Epson printer from the model list and then click the “Reset” button. The SSC Service Utility for Epson Printers does not work with most new Epson printer models or those made by other manufacturers.
With some inkjet printers, you may be able to “trick” the device into accepting refilled or re-manufactured cartridges without using a reset tool. To do this, cover the first row of contacts on the bottom of the cartridge with clear tape and then reinstall it in the printer. Turn on the printer, and then wait for the device or the print application to display a “No Cartridge Preset” or other similar warning. Turn off the printer, remove the cartridge and then cover the second row of contacts with tape — leave the tape on the first row intact. Reinstall the cartridge again, power on the printer and wait once again for the error to display. Remove the cartridge and remove the tape from both rows of contacts. Reinsert the cartridge and use the printer as you normally would.