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Old 06-07-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
Valkyrie_of_valhalla
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ink level showing as 0% with libinklevel+ink


I tried installing libinklevel 0.6.6rc5 and the console app "ink" 0.3.2rc3.
I did this on Slackware. Both were tgz packages, and installed with no errors.
I have a HP deskjet 3650 and it is listed as working.
Now, I know the printer does have some ink, because I just refilled the cartridges. But, it displays that it has 0% left, and it's detected as 3600, but they have similar specs, from what I know:
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# ink -p "usb"
ink v0.3.2 (c) 2006 Markus Heinz

hp deskjet 3600

Black:               0%
Color:               0%
The thing is, in windoze, with the official driver, it is also displayed as very low, and I frequently get the "empty color cartridge, please replace and click ok" error, and I click ok and it works perfectly. It used to work fine before refilling my cartidges. I never tried it on Linux until now.

Is it possible that this program works only with new cartridges? Or is it something I'm doing wrong?

Thanks for reading, any info is welcomed.

P.S. here's what lsusb says regarding my printer, in case it is needed:
Code:
Bus 3 Device 4: ID 03f0:7204 Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 36xx
 
Old 06-08-2007, 08:47 PM   #2
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When refilling the ink, do you have to go through a specific procedure to reinitialize the cartridge, like taping over a couple of contacts, let it initialize with the contacts taped over, turning the printer off for a short bit to force the printer to reread the ink level?............I had a different model HP at one time which I had to go through an reinitialization procedure before it would report the correct ink level........


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Old 06-09-2007, 03:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip.

The only problem is that I don't know what I have to do to reinitialize the cartridge. I've read the manual, checked hp's website, googled with every keyword I could think of, and nobody seems to be having this issue.

I have found on another website that hp does not support refilled cartridges, so this might not work...
I guess running out of ink at midnight when a project is due to the next day will be a common issue for me...

Any suggestion or further info is welcomed.
 
Old 06-09-2007, 04:57 AM   #4
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How I found out about it was the refill kit contained the procedure in a separate booklet with the needed info for various HP ink cartridges........The refill kit maker is Nu-kote, which I got at the local Wal-Mart store.......

Of course, no printer mfgr will support refilling ink cartridges, they want to sell you their own ink..............It's the maintenance costs that allow them to price the printer fairly low as compared to manufacturing costs, and make up the profit for it with the upkeep.........

To be fair, you can ruin the ink cartridge by mishandling it........Be very careful when cleaning the nozzle on the bottom side.......

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Old 06-13-2007, 03:18 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll keep on searching, and if I don't find anything, I'll try buying some new cartridges.
 
  


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