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#1 User is offline   Roman 

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:27 PM

Went to print some pages this evening and had the following occur

Error Number : 1660 The following ink tank cannot be recognized. "Black[8]" Printing cannot be executed because the ink tank may not be installed properly or may not be compatible with this printer. Install the appropriate ink tank.

This occurs after having used that ink tank for a good 2 months prior with no problems. Have made sure the tank is sitting properly in its base snap-locked and it is 3/4 full of ink. Any ideas?
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:41 PM

Weird error, is the tank getting low on ink? Or has it been refilled or, is it a an aftermarket tank rather than genuine.




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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:43 PM

As originally stated it is 3/4 full, it is an original tank that has had a refill from a well known refiller.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

Hmm some of the companies that make printers now, are getting very crafty. They sometimes have a chip built into the printer cartridge, that lets it work for a few pages, and then spits the dummy. I learned this the hard way on a laser printer, that I spent $667 to fill all 4 cartridges at once, only to find out 30 pages later it flagged up a similar error code.




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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:39 PM

Have you tried resetting the printer? Your manual will have instructions, if not it's a simple process and instructions are easy to find on the web.

I have an MP800 and have had to reset it a few times. I also refill cartridges myself, resetting the chip in the cartridge each time using a "chip resetter" which can be bought from specialist suppliers, or of course via eBay, for around $20.00

Note: there is nothing illegal about refilling one's own cartridges, despite the impression given by some that it's akin to piracy. Charging $100 for $1.00 worth of ink is piracy! And don't worry about your warranty, even if threats to talk to the ACCC fail to get action on a warranty claim, you will have paid for a new printer in two refills anyway. In twenty years I haven't had a printer problem caused by refilling!

Sorry, I got a bit sidetracked, RESET, then try a chip resetter or removing the chip (from the ink cartridg) entirely then resetting the printer. I

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:10 PM

Interesting post, I knew about the chip being in the cartridge , but refilling ones own cartridges is something that most of us are capable. I will search out a chip re- setter & drop you a PM if you don't mind P.

Also a great reply, well analyised, that should get the beast going,


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:36 AM

I learn something new everyday... Never knew about the chip in the cartridge. How does the chip know that a cartridge has been refilled??
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:48 AM

When the chips are down Brian , Geezzz....
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:25 AM

I am not sure, on the ink cartridges Brian, but on the HP laser, I THINK, the printer sends a message to the chip and says OK, you have done 1500 pages, and its all over red rover...or something like that, because when the guy refilled them, they were probably still 25% full which sucks.

Anyway, I solved the problem by tossing the Printer in the bin, and buying a Kyocera, which does 8000 pages, and has NO chip, which saves me, around 3 grand a year on cartridges ( hence why i could afford to toss the HP), and it was cheaper to purchase than the HP, by about $400.00





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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:10 AM

Thanks to all, the reset seems to have done the trick.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:14 AM

Here is some more on the refill process, the first one is a you tube how to (turn sound down) which looks more easier than the written instructions link which follows, the drill bit for the hole is just 1/16th bit with a "go arounder" attached to it not to hard to just lock the drill into the vice (making it stationary) and drilling the hole like that.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:17 AM

LINK : instructions link

These instructions are good but you can have less work if you used the you tube process and then fill the hole with the replacement ball in the instructions kit, i know it sounds confusing but it's not really.....


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