HP 963 Ink Cartridge Errors
NORMAL Cartridge Alerts
Upon installation of a refilled HP 963, 963XL & 967XL ink cartridge you may initially observe either a “Used HP Cartridges“, “Counterfeit Cartridges“ and/or “Non-genuine ink cartridge installed” alert messages. Choose ‘Yes’, ‘Continue’ and/or ‘OK’ to bypass the various nuisance alerts. This will enable normal print operations and prevent future nuisance messages from appearing.
ABNORMAL Cartridge Errors
For HP 963, 963XL cartridge errors such as “Cartridge Problem”, “Missing or damaged”, “Cartridge Error”, “The following cartridges are not intended for use in this Printer”, etc. then the printer is not recognizing the cartridge’s ‘smart chip’ which is affixed to the rear side of cartridge or is not properly locking the cartridge into the printer’s PRINTHEAD assembly. Observed error messages may include “Incompatible cartridge”, “Remove and re-install cartridges”, “Cartridges not installed properly”.
NOTE: Providing the most recent generation of smart chips were installed by your refill store, then it possible there could be ink residue on either the cartridge’s smart chip contact surface or there is a connectivity problem between the cartridge’s chip and the PRINTHEAD (inside the printer), which may be caused by a bent or broken PRINTHEAD pin. See below.
It is first suggested to remove all ink cartridges from the printer and slowly re-install each cartridge, ensuring each ‘clicks’ into place properly. For “depleted cartridge” error alerts this might indicate the cartridges were not properly refilled with the correct ink volume. In any event, we suggest you return to your ink refiller and have them validate that new generation smart chips were installed & ask them to confirm proper cartridge refill weights.
1. The chip has poor connectivity with the printer (i.e. possible ink residue on chip contacts – thoroughly clean chip’s surfaces with a damp towel).
2. The chip has been incorrectly placed onto the cartridge by the refiller (i.e. slipped to one side or installed upside down).
3. Cartridge alert messages may also be caused by an incorrect chip version installation (i.e. yellow chip placed onto a black ink cartridge, etc.) or the chip is incompatible with your printer model. You can ask your refiller to verify chip positioning and that the correct chip type and color were installed.
4. If the cartridge error still cannot be resolved then carefully inspect the cartridge’s chip for mis-alignment or scratches on the chip surface (i.e. refer to example scratch shown in chip below). If this condition is present we suggest you return the suspect cartridge to your ink refiller for chip evaluation and/or replacement.
While the PRINTHEAD pins can be ‘carefully’ bent back into position using a very small flat head screwdriver (i.e. using eyeglass screwdriver or similar), the PRINTHEAD may need to be replaced with a new one if pin damaged is too severe.
The built-in PRINTHEAD will eventually fail over time with usage and age (may or may not be replaceable depending on printer model – see User Manual)
Advanced Printer Diagnostics
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NOTE: For the best refilling experience, only use HP original/genuine ink tanks which display the HP trademark/logo; retail ink refill labs will NOT refill non-genuine HP 963, 963XL or 967XL ink tanks.
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