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    Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    I have a little bit of a dilemma here at one of the primary schools I support. They have a B/W Photocopier that doubles as a printer, a HP 2600n colour laser and a HP Business ink jet 2230 as a 'backup'.

    The 2230 is complaining that it's ink cartridges have expired. As far as I'm aware no one has needed to print anything to it for quite some time. So do I:

    1) Buy new cartridges and waste money.
    2) get rid of a perfectly good printer and risk not having any backup colour printing if the colour laser goes down.

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    Re: Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    How about an auto reset chip to replace the ones that are allready in the carts?

    http://www.9to6.co.uk/product.asp?id=1036

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    Re: Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    ... and a HP Business ink jet 2230 as a 'backup'.

    The 2230 is complaining that it's ink cartridges have expired.
    Unfortunately that's not the end of it... HP cartridges and printheads have this expiry system that can affect even cartridges that haven't even been used but kept in stock.

    As it happens though I have a primary school with one of these that I'm getting ready to source some auto-reset chips, cartridges and ink for so I can add a CIS (yes, I know, again! :P) and not have to worry about replacing carts, cost or this expiry nonsense (well for the cartridges anyway)

    So, if you're interested I'd be happy to split the costs with you and grab you an extra set of carts, chips and the necessary ink (cheaper in bulk after all). I can then create the CIS for you, pack it all up and you can set it all up in about 5 minutes tops...

    The only thing I would say though is that I'd seriously rethink the printing policy and tell people to print to the inkjet more as it'll just clog over time if it's not used.

    Just a thought anyways so let me know..

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    Re: Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    And also the 2230 will say the cartridges have expired if someone prints from a computer with a date set into the far future- so maybe worth doing a total reset on the printer and see what is says then before going any further.

    If you decide to not use it - I'm sure one of my schools would buy it off you for a few quid.

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    Re: Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    I have dug some of these cartridges (HP 2230) out here at the back of a cupboard and was hoping they would still work after they had "expired". It just seems to me its another way for the big companies to make more money.

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    Re: Expiring Ink Cartridges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r
    I have dug some of these cartridges (HP 2230) out here at the back of a cupboard and was hoping they would still work after they had "expired". It just seems to me its another way for the big companies to make more money.
    Well it is and it isn't...

    The fact that they expire before they're even unsealed is not good but printer ink is prone to algae growth and usually an ink batch will spoil after around 18 months to 2 years so there is an element of protection involved as you'd not want to put sludge through your printheads.

    For all that though there is definitely an element of profit involved..

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