NOTE: “Empty”, “Low Ink”, “Out of Ink“, “? Marks“, “Counterfeit” and “Non-Genuine Cartridge” alerts are COMPLETELY NORMAL for all HP 74, 74XL, 75 & 75XL black and color ink cartridges which have been refilled!
While at first this may be an unusual workflow, it does allow print operations to proceed.
Low Ink Warnings and Solving Errors:
3 Types of Alert Messages:
– Information Alerts. When a refilled ink cartridge is installed it is normal to receive alerts such as ‘non-genuine cartridge’ or ‘used color/black cartridge’. These may be bypassed by selecting ‘Dismiss’, ‘Ok’, or ‘Continue’.
– Nuisance Messages. After a refilled ink cartridge is detected it is normal to receive alerts such as ‘low on ink’, ‘counterfeit’, ‘used’, ‘fraud’, ‘refilled’, or ‘depleted’ cartridge. These my be bypassed by selecting ‘Dismiss’, ‘Ok’, or ‘Continue’.
– Severe Errors. When an ink cartridge has poor connectivity (between contacts and flex cable inside printer) or is suffering from marginal internal micro-electrical performance, you may observe error messages such as ‘Incompatible cartridges’, ‘Print cartridges error’, ‘Cartridge missing or not detected’, ‘Refer to documentation’, ‘Cartridge in left/right slot is missing’, etc. In addition, the power light or exclamation light (Officejet models) may be blinking while the error message is displayed. In some cases, errors can be cleared by removing and cleaning the ink cartridges and printer flex cable contacts. If not, then it is suggested to run the cartridge health diagnostics (‘Tap 41′) check or perform a cartridge error bypass (available on select printer models) to confirm that the ink cartridge is damaged.
- Cartridge Electrical Failures. Severe cartridge errors are primarily caused by an electrical breakdown at the cartridge’s nozzle plate. Ink penetration or corrosion into the nozzle plate will cause a failure of the tiny micro-electronics resulting in a variety of different error messages being displayed.
- Cartridge Diagnostics. The cartridge’s electrical health can be verified by running the ‘Tap 41′ diagnostics at the printer’s control panel (NOTE: not available on all printer models).
HP Nuisance Alert Messages
Following the installation of a refilled ink cartridge, nuisance or annoyance messages will typically be displayed after the initial ‘low ink’ or ‘non-genuine’ ink messages.
Ink Refill & Cartridge Care Tips – Everything You Need To Know
Common Error Messages
- Blinking cartridge lights on the printer.
- A message that says “Cartridge Missing or Not Detected”, “Incompatible Print Cartridge”, “Black/Color Cartridge Problem”, “Refer to printer documentation”, “Cartridge in Left/Right slot is not intended for use in this printer”, or similar, on your monitor or on the printer display.
The contact between the ink cartridge and the printer must be clean for proper functioning. If any dirt, ink or paper dust is on the contacts, the printer may indicate that the ink cartridge is bad. To ensure a clean contact, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Remove and re-install the cartridge
Step 2: Clean the contacts on the printer and the ink cartridge
Step 3: Run a self-test and/or re-set the printer. Refer to Printer Model page (if available) or HP Printer Diagnostics page from the selections above.
To view advanced diagnostics tests for your printer, click here:
Poor Print Quality or Missing Colors:
If any streaks or missing colors appear on prints, thoroughly clean the cartridge’s electrical contacts and printer’s flex driver cable surface. If the cartridge is clogged then a warm water flush may be necessary to recover all colors. Click here for instructions.
NOTE 1: Replacing the ink cartridge is the best way to verify cartridge/printer performance.
NOTE 2: All integrated ink cartridges being repeatedly refilled eventually do fail. Some cartridges/printers may encounter an unavoidable mechanical or electrical failure which is unrelated to refilling. Check for physical damage on the cartridge. Look at the print cartridge and see if there are any cracks, tears or missing elements. Any one of these can cause a failure. In these cases, you will need to purchase a new cartridge and start the refill process again after it has run out.
HP 74 & 75 Compatible Printers:
Deskjet D4260, Deskjet D4263, Deskjet D4268, Deskjet D4280, Deskjet D4360, Deskjet D4363, Deskjet D4368, OfficeJet J5725, OfficeJet J5730, OfficeJet J5735, OfficeJet J5738, OfficeJet J5740, OfficeJet J5750, OfficeJet J5780, OfficeJet J5783, OfficeJet J5785, OfficeJet J5788, OfficeJet J5790, OfficeJet J6405, OfficeJet J6410, OfficeJet J6413, OfficeJet J6415, OfficeJet J6424, OfficeJet J6450, OfficeJet J6480, OfficeJet J6488, PhotoSmart C4200, PhotoSmart C4205, PhotoSmart C4210, PhotoSmart C4225, PhotoSmart C4235, PhotoSmart C4240, PhotoSmart C4250, PhotoSmart C4270, PhotoSmart C4272, PhotoSmart C4273, PhotoSmart C4275, PhotoSmart C4280, PhotoSmart C4283, PhotoSmart C4285, PhotoSmart C4288, PhotoSmart C4293, PhotoSmart C4294, PhotoSmart C4300, PhotoSmart C4340, PhotoSmart C4342, PhotoSmart C4343, PhotoSmart C4344, PhotoSmart C4345, PhotoSmart C4348,PhotoSmart C4380, PhotoSmart C4382, PhotoSmart C4383, PhotoSmart C4384, PhotoSmart C4385, PhotoSmart C4400, PhotoSmart C4410, PhotoSmart C4424, PhotoSmart C4435, PhotoSmart C4440, PhotoSmart C4450, PhotoSmart C4470, PhotoSmart C4472, PhotoSmart C4473, PhotoSmart C4475, PhotoSmart C4480, PhotoSmart C4483, PhotoSmart C4485, PhotoSmart C4488, PhotoSmart C4493, PhotoSmart C4494, PhotoSmart C4500, PhotoSmart C4524, PhotoSmart C4540 PhotoSmart C4550, PhotoSmart C4575, PhotoSmart C4580, PhotoSmart C4583, PhotoSmart C4585, PhotoSmart C4588, PhotoSmart C4599, PhotoSmart C5200, PhotoSmart C5225, PhotoSmart C5240, PhotoSmart C5250, PhotoSmart C5270, PhotoSmart C5273, PhotoSmart C5275, PhotoSmart C5280, PhotoSmart C5283, PhotoSmart C5288, PhotoSmart C5290, PhotoSmart C5293, PhotoSmart C5500, PhotoSmart C5540, PhotoSmart C5550, PhotoSmart C5580, PhotoSmart D5300, PhotoSmart D5345, PhotoSmart D5360, PhotoSmart D5363, PhotoSmart D5368