A Quick Fix for a Printer That's Not Recognizing Ink Cartridges as Full.

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Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to another issue of 'Computer & Printer Tips'.

In this month's issue I've got few good website resources I've found that I want to turn you onto.

We're also running a discount coupon this month to get you ready for the holidays coming up. Holidays usually mean lots of pictures needing to be printed, lots of printed out coloring pages for the kids, and hopefully a lot of business tasks being completed before the holiday time off starts to hit.

That's what I'm hoping anyway. I've got a few projects on my plate that I'd love to have completed by the time my work schedule starts to get crazy.

The discount coupon code is: treat

(It's also listed below again with the extended details.)

This month I wanted to turn you on to a few interesting websites I've come accross. Maybe you'll find them as interesting as I did.

The first one I wanted to share is: http://www.quantcast.com/

This website provides a huge list of US websites ranked in order from most popular to least popular. At the top of the page you'll see "Top U.S. Sites:". Click on "1-100" and you'll see the top 100 US websites. If you go a step further and click on one of the sites, you'll see a page full of demographic data regarding the website and some other great information.

It's really interesting if you like to do research on websites. (ASAP Inkjets ranks 80,712nd on the list)

I'm not exactly sure where they get their data from, or how accurate it is -- but it's sure interesting for market research. (A little addicting)

The next site I wanted to share is: http://del.icio.us/

Although it may be a little hard to remember exactly where the dots go in the domain name, Del.icio.us has gained a huge popularity among internet users. Basically what it is, is a "social bookmarking" website. The basic function is to have an online area where you keep all of your bookmarks. This can be very useful if you travel, or like to divide your computer time between your home and your office because you'll always have access to all of your bookmarked favorite sites.

To use the site, you simply create a free account, and then whenever you want to create a bookmark to a site -- you do it through your account. You even have the ability to import your existing bookmarks.

Beyond the basics, you also can use the site as a search engine to go through all of the other user's bookmarks. You can find out about a lot of related websites that you never knew about.

The last website I wanted to share is: http://www.stumbleupon.com/

Although I've just started using it, I can tell that this is going to be a really cool website. This website does require you to install a toolbar onto your browser, but if you're ok with that then the "pros" definitely outweigh the "cons".

This site (also free to sign up) asks you at the beginning what types of websites interest you. You choose from a large list of topics the types of websites you like to visit. At first it might seem like you're being setup to be marketed to, but that's not the result.

Once you install the toolbar, you click a button named "Stumble", and it shows you a website from one of the categories you've chosen. When I chose my categories, I only chose a few of the ones I really liked and that was plenty.

The closest thing I can relate it to, is like surfing the internet for the first time all over again. You literally "stumble" across various websites that you probably didn't know about, but are about topics that you're interested in.

I really hope you enjoy these resources.

Our feature article this month is a quick fix that you might need some day if you ever install some new cartridges, and you start getting error messages.

Lastly, don't forget about our 10% off discount coupon offer right now. We're going into the heavy printing season as well.

You'll want to make sure you've got a backup ink supply to avoid any downtime.

With that said, onto our feature article!


From now through the end of this month (October 31st), we're offering our newsletter subscribers an extra 10% off your entire order.

Again, we still offer free shipping so there's no hidden costs.

Here is your special 10% off discount promotion code:


To use this discount coupon code, simply shop our website and add items to your cart as usual. http://www.asapinkjets.com/

When you proceed through our checkout process, our system will ask you if you have any promotional code or discount coupon.

Simply enter the code word above, and the discount will be applied on the final checkout page.

*** LIMITED TIME -- This offer expires Wednesday, October 31st ***

FEATURE ARTICLE: A Quick Fix for a Printer Not Recognizing Ink Cartridges as Full

You've just installed a new cartridge into your printer but then a chill runs down your spine as you see the ink monitor registering the cartridge as empty!

"How can these cartridges be empty? I just opened them!"

At this point, the most common reaction is to swear and fume about how you got an empty cartridge or throw your hands in the air. However, there is a relatively quick solution, and an explanation as to why this is happening.

First of all, let's talk about the printer's built-in visual "ink monitor" function.

The printer's ink monitor gauge lets you see an ESTIMATE of how much ink is remaining in the cartridge.

The ink monitor displays ink volumes that are fairly close to the amount of ink inside the reservoir but since there is no internal measuring device, it cannot detect the ACTUAL volume of ink.

The ink monitor works by starting from a known "Full" level when a cartridge is first installed, and then as each page is printed - The ink monitor deducts a hypothetical amount of ink from the starting value of each cartridge according to how much ink it estimates is being used.

So, assuming that you start with new cartridges, the machine will normally reset its internal memory to reflect that the cartridges are 100% full. As the printer is used, it estimates how much ink was used for each printed page, and subtracts it from the previous level.

Periodically however, a problem can occur where your printer's internal memory cache does not properly reset itself to "full" when new cartridges are installed. This is actually what is happening when the printer's ink monitor is telling you that your newly installed cartridges are empty.

How many times has rebooting your computer fixed some weird problem you were having?

The ink monitor problem is similar to that, but sometimes, you can solve the problem quickly by doing the following.

  • First, re-install your old cartridges (with the printer power is on) -- wait for the printer's cycle to finish
  • Second, power OFF your printer by pressing its on/off button.
  • Then, unplug your printer from its power source.
  • Reboot your computer.
  • Clean the electrical contact points on the NEW cartridges so they are bright and shiny. (You can use Windex or some water)
  • Plug your printer back in to its power source.
  • Press your printer's on/off button to turn on the printer.
  • When your printer is finished with its warmup routine, press the "install cartridge" button on your printer.
  • Remove the old empty cartridge(s) once again.
  • Reinstall the new cartridge(s).

This will normally clear any memory routines keeping the ink monitor from resetting properly and ensure the cartridge is making good electrical contact.

Unplugging your printer may seem a little extreme, but for troubleshooting purposes it's good to remove all variables. There have been times when unplugging has made the difference.

About The Author

Bob Stephens writes for ASAP Inkjets. ASAP Inkjets offers ink cartridges & toner at up to 80% off. Signup for their free newsletter for tips & discount coupons at: http://www.asapinkjets.com/ or email: subscribe@asapinkjets.com

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Ok, that's it for this month. I hope you found it especially useful and entertaining this month.

Good luck in exploring the links above.

I'll see you next month!

Eli Fry
ASAP Inkjets

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