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Category Archive: Guides

Guides relating to ink cartridges, toner cartridges and printers in general.

How to use an Epson Chip Resetter

We have a small range of chip resetters for various Epson ink cartridges available on our site and often get asked about them. It seems there is a fair amount of misinformation about what chip resetters do and when exactly they should be used. We are going to address some of the most common questions …

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HP Firmware Update – September 2016

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  Further to our previous updates with regards to firmware updates on HP printers, unfortunately we have had new reports from customers to suggest that another firmware update has been triggered in various ranges of HP printers which take the following cartridges:   934/935, 950/951 and 970/971   As of the time of writing (September …

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FREE, Dowloadable, Euro 2016 Wall Chart

With Euro 2016 all set to kick off, what better way to keep on top of results throughout the tournament than with our very own wall chart. Alternatively, download as two A4 pages here – https://refreshcartridges.co.uk/euro2016/refreshCartridgesEuro2016WallChart.pdf

Printer Buying Guide when using with Third Party Cartridges

A question that I’m asked on an almost daily basis is ‘which printer has the cheapest running costs’ so I thought it was probably time to write an article on the subject. Preface I’m going to shy away from recommending any specific printers as I am unable to anticipate your particular requirements. I want the …

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Update to Epson and HP Firmware issues

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This article is an unfortunate follow up to the one posted back in October with regards to HP Firmware updates. At the time of writing (22nd of March 2016)  HP have produced a 4th firmware update which has resulted in cartridges in the 934XL / 935XL and 950XL / 951XL ranges being rejected by printers, …

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Clearing the Canon “Check Ink” 1401, 1687 and 1485 Error Messages

When your Canon Pixma printer is having trouble recognising one or more of the cartridges installed it will present you with the Check Ink 1401, 1687 or 1485 error message. The official Canon explanations for these codes are “The FINE cartridge is not installed” for 1401, “The FINE cartridge is not installed properly” for 1687 …

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How to Clear the Canon Check Ink 1686 and 1688 Error Messages

The Canon “Check Ink 1686” and  “Check Ink 1688” are low ink warnings used by an entire series of inkjet printers that take the PG-540, PG-540XL, CL-541 and CL-541XL ink cartridges. Canons official text used to describe the error states “The ink may have run out” (Check Ink 1686) and “The ink has run out” …

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Clearing the HP “Check Ink/Print Cartridge” Error Message

Hewlett Packard’s “Check Ink Cartridges” error message can appear in a variety of circumstances and is applicable to many different OfficeJet, Deskjet or even Envy series inkjet printers. Most commonly “Check Cartridges” or “Check Ink Cartridges” means that your HP printer simply cannot recognise the colour or black ink cartridges. Thankfully however this error message …

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Clearing Canon Pixma ‘Check Ink’ Error Message U162 and U163

Canon inkjet printers calculate ink level estimates of all installed ink cartridges using the average page coverage and how many pages have been printed with the cartridge historically. When your Canon printer gets to a point when it believes the cartridge is empty you will be presented with a ‘Check Ink’ U162 or U163 message …

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Clearing the Canon ‘Check Ink’ U140 or U150 Error Message

The ‘Check Ink’ U140 or U150 error message appears when a Canon inkjet printer is not able to read one or more of the installed cartridges. Canon’s definition of the error is “The ink cartridge cannot be recognized” and text stating this may also appear in a message in your printer software. To communicate with …

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