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jumblyem



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:27 pm    Post subject:

Hello Everyone,

I have a Lexmark X5150 all-in-one for about 8 months and have been using inkjet refills for both colour and black and white cartridges. Now after the second black cartridge refill and the third colour refill, I am only getting blank pages. The printer prints as usual, but nothing is on the pages and the same goes for the copier. I have soaked the cartridges in flush fluid to unblock them and done everything I can think of, but nothing has worked.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I can sort this out, (short of buying new Lexmark cartridges).

All ideas are welcome.

Thanks

jumblyem
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 5:16 pm    Post subject:

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Hello Everyone,

I have a Lexmark X5150 all-in-one for about 8 months and have been using inkjet refills for both colour and black and white cartridges. Now after the second black cartridge refill and the third colour refill, I am only getting blank pages. The printer prints as usual, but nothing is on the pages and the same goes for the copier. I have soaked the cartridges in flush fluid to unblock them and done everything I can think of, but nothing has worked.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I can sort this out, (short of buying new Lexmark cartridges).

All ideas are welcome.

Thanks

jumblyem

I do not use refills. I have a X6150 and no problems with Lexmark Ink Cartridges.
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madjack53



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:50 am    Post subject:

:ph34r: ...I had an "all in one" from lexmark(X75 I think) and found that after 2 or 3 refills, I had to buy a new cartridge, because it would quit printing, I assumed that since the print head was built into the cartridge, it was gumming up. No matter how many times I would run the "clean print head" utility or run a test copy I could not get a copy...go out and buy a new set of cartridges(I know...boooo), I bet it starts printing again (it could also have something to do with the chip built into the cartridge). After about a year of fighting with driver issues/buggy software for the lexmark i dumped it and bought an Epson C84 printer (seperate cartidges for the 3 colors and black)and an Epson 3170 scanner and have never been happier with my printing/scanning needs/results
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jumblyem



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:08 pm    Post subject:

Thanks for your replies.

To Sip -

It is a good idea to buy Lexmark cartridges, but I can't really afford this all the time. Also, I would point that that computers and their accessories are a lot cheaper in the US than in the UK, even when the exchange rate is taken into consideration.

To Madjack53 -

Great suggestion, I was beginning to come to this conclusion myself. I will be getting some new cartridges, but I will also be using the refilling these afterwards at least twice.

Best wishes
jumblyem
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clhenry



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 12:13 am    Post subject:

My wife refills also, after the 3rd or 4th refill, you can really start seeing a difference in quality, and she heaves them and buys new and starts all over again
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject:

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Thanks for your replies.

To Sip -

It is a good idea to buy Lexmark cartridges, but I can't really afford this all the time. Also, I would point that that computers and their accessories are a lot cheaper in the US than in the UK, even when the exchange rate is taken into consideration.

To Madjack53 -

Great suggestion, I was beginning to come to this conclusion myself. I will be getting some new cartridges, but I will also be using the refilling these afterwards at least twice.

Best wishes
jumblyem

They are not cheap here either. For what I paid for two cartridges I could have bought a new printer. That is how these companies make money, sell cheap printers and jack up the price on the cartridges. I have heard that Lexmark makes their cartridges so that they are hard to refill.
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject:

I have never used a refill kit. I buy off brand compatible cartridges and save about 90%. I have been doing this for about 5 years and it hasn't harmed my printer in the least. A Google search will turn up hundreds of vendors.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject:

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I have never used a refill kit. I buy off brand compatible cartridges and save about 90%. I have been doing this for about 5 years and it hasn't harmed my printer in the least. A Google search will turn up hundreds of vendors.

Do you have a recomended vendor?
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:00 pm    Post subject:

The last ones I got were from Let's Go Digital. If you want to compare prices the name brand is Epson S020047 (Black) for Stylus Color IIs printer.

My price was $1.94 each for 4 plus (hold on to your seat) $8.94 shipping. Even with shipping charges they were just over $4 per cartridge.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:33 pm    Post subject:

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The last ones I got were from Let's Go Digital. If you want to compare prices the name brand is Epson S020047 (Black) for Stylus Color IIs printer.

My price was $1.94 each for 4 plus (hold on to your seat) $8.94 shipping. Even with shipping charges they were just over $4 per cartridge.

I didn't see any for Lexmark Printers on that site. Sad
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:00 pm    Post subject:

Hmmm. Strange. Well, here are a few.

Google

You don't get much discount on Lexmark cartridges, do you? The cheapest I saw was about $20.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject:

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Hmmm. Strange. Well, here are a few.

Google

You don't get much discount on Lexmark cartridges, do you? The cheapest I saw was about $20.

No you don't, like I said they screw on the ink.
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:44 pm    Post subject:

Yes, the old razor blade marketing technique.

I get about a 75% discount on Epson compatibles. I wonder why Lexmark compatibles are not able to offer the same discount.
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ssteve60



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject:

Lexmark cartriges are notorious for just giving up after the first refill, so if you insist on refilling, you might want to go with a more "refill friendly" printer.
Hewlett Packard cartriges tend to last many refills. Of course, the quality always dissipates with every refill, but thats the trade off.
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