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It seems to be a very minor side aspects of linux, and it is. Though, it is economically very relevant as a few ink cartridges cost more (in Europe) than a new printer.
I used to refill with "prink" ink the cartridges of an old model of HP inkget. The W&B one even six times, as I do not care much about printing quality. The printer died and the new HP Deskjet 4200 does not like the B&W cartridge (model 350) to be refilled with "prink" products. While trying to print B&W text, it mixes colors, with little or no black. That occurs repeatedly with HP original 350 refilled only once. Place a new original 350 in the printer, and B&W printing is correct.
I tried to correct the issue with "system-config-manager" (now that gnome-cups-manager is broken): the test page B&W and color is printed correctly only if the B&W cartridge is left in the printer, unused, for some days. Try to print the test page a second time and you get a mess of color, with no black.
Has any trick been added to the printer or the cartridges?
The price (in Europe) of an original HP 350 is not rewarding in terms of printing. Only 5 milliliters. Has anyone experience with these affairs? Is it another brand of printer that configures easily on linux/gnome 2.20 and gives more than HP 4200 for what the cartridge costs? Incidentally, my HP Deskjet 4200 also handles poorly the hand-fed paper. A lot a paper jam.
While the vendor of the printer is only able to change the cartridges with original ones, the local vendor of refilling "prink" products answered me today that refilling cartridges is no regular action, it may work it may not. He said that even his own printer at his distribution spot does not like cartridges to be refilled. End of the era of refilling cartridges? If so, I am prepared to organize my mind not to print any more. There is the screen and disk storage.
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Do your self a favour, dump ink jet printers, and buy a laser printer. There are several choices that don't cost a lot more than an ink jet. There are vendors that sell refurbished cartridges for about half what the manufactures sell them for. You don't have to get your hands dirty.
Print quality is very good. The speed is reasonable, and it can duplex. I bought a Brother HL-2040 a year ago. Brother has linux drivers. My old ink jets are sitting around collecting dust.