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Hardware Articles

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Recycling Inkjet Cartridges

Here are a few facts about inkjet cartridges: * Over 375,000,000 Empty Inkjet Cartridges Dumped Each Year. * Statistics reveal that only 5% of all empty inkjet cartridges are currently being recycled. * E-mail has increased the amount of paper used in offices by almost 40%. * Plastics used in inkjet cartridges can take over 10 centuries (1000 years!) to decompose * 90ml of oil is used to produce each inkjet cartridge. * In the last six months alone, inkjet cartridge recycling has saved more ...

Spyware Programs Are Out To Get You

The average computer is packed with hidden software that can secretly spy on online habits. The US net provider EarthLink said it uncovered an average of 28 spyware programs on each PC scanned during the first three months of the year. There are currently over 38,000 spyware and adware programs that are infecting innocent Internet users such as yourself through downloadable games, music, screensavers, pictures, pop-ups, emails, and the list goes on and on. Spyware and Adware can cause your PC ...

The Dell Syndrome

From information I have gathered from different sources I have come to the conclusion that Dell cartridges are exactly the same as Lexmark cartridges EXCEPT for the cap.

The Easiest Inkjet Cartridge To Refill

People keep asking me which is the easiest inkjet cartridge to refill and the answer has been the same for years now. Rather than tell you now I'm going to work from the bottom of the pile upwards.

Refilling Using The Gravity Method

What seems to be the most frustrating thing to refillers is probably the most easiest thing to remedy. The problem is many people don't have the patients to do it this way. I'm talking about gravity refilling.

Can My Cartridge Be Refilled?

New styles of inkjet cartridges are entering the market all the time, faster than anybody can keep up with. It takes time for the remanufacturers to collect empties and tool up to refill them. Sometimes it could take many months for remanufactured or generic cartridges to hit the market. Bulk inks need to be developed or reverse engineered. For this reason we don't always have refill kits or bulk ink or cartridges right away for new printers.

Your Refilled Cartridges Can Pay Some Bills

Ever thought about putting your refilling talent to work for you? I'm not talking about starting an inkjet refilling business, however, there's nothing stopping you from doing that. What I mean is if you enjoy refilling inkjet cartridges there are ways that you can sell them and make some money without a whole lot of effort.

The Magic Solution For Inkjet Clogs

There are a lot of solvents and solutions being sold today for cleaning inkjet cartridges and print heads. The types of solutions are as varied as the bottles they come in. Some are nothing more than water with a glycol base added, nothing more than anti-freeze. Other solutions look just like plain ordinary water. I've got one on the shelf next to me that came from a prominent ink vendor that I'll bet if I had it analyzed the result would be this: Active Ingredients - H2O.

To Seal Or Not To Seal

I get many emails from people with refilling problems and one of the biggest is cartridges that just won't print after refilling them. There are many reasons for this but one problem in particular has been popping up with frequency lately. People are sealing cartridges that must not be sealed in order for them to work properly, or at all for that matter.

My Printer Died - An Epitaph

My printer just died. My Epson C60 that I've had for almost 2 years was my buddy. I loved that printer. It was there for me through thick and thin. Sure it had it's quirks and idiosyncrasies like not printing when my office temperature dropped to 17 degrees because I forgot to turn the thermostat up one bitterly cold morning. I had to open the lid and point a ceramic space heater inside to thaw it out.

Refilling Laser Cartridges

Laser cartridges are much more sophisticated than inkjet cartridges. They have many moving parts but they all have some things in common. Laser cartridges do not use ink, they use toner. Toner is a dry black powdery substance with the consistency of baking flour.

Using Print Head Sealing Tape

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to using print head sealing tape. When you refill a cartridge that contains a print head, Lexmark and HP in particular, you need to seal the print head to #1 protect it and #2 keep it from drying out. The combination of sealing tape and a cartridge clip can't be beat for sealing cartridges for storage or transport.

Having Fun With The Printer Support Techs

Many years ago when I was a copier technician my boss would always tell us to push our companies supplies, paper, toner etc.. Of course they wanted to sell more supplies and make more money but their techniques were very questionable. Just like printers you could go out and purchase generic supplies and some worked better than others naturally. Well the supplies that we sold were also mostly generic, however, they were branded with our companies name and logos. Here's where the sneakiness ...

Installing Printer Drivers

A printer driver is a piece of software that allows the computer to talk to the printer. Without it the printer would be hopelessly lost since they do not speak the same language. Many times the printer manufacturer will find new and better ways to communicate with the printer and offer improved printer drivers for their customers to install. This could be because they might have a fault in the old driver or they added improvements to take advantage of enhanced technology emerging with newer ...

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Avoiding print head burnout

The print head, which is the engine of your printer and which may or may not be located inside the cartridge, houses hundreds of tiny, delicate nozzle assemblies. Each nozzle assembly consists of a tiny ink chamber, a resistor that controls the flow of ink, walls that guide the ink to the right position, and a nozzle plate with a hole, from which the ink will be sprayed onto the printer paper.

How To Kill Your Printer

Are you tired of trying to convince your spouse that you need another printer? Tired of using the old sluggish ink hog that you got 10 years ago as a hand-me-down from your cousin that only came to visit once just after you bought that new Beer Meister?

Tips for refilling printer cartridges

1. If this is the first time you have refilled always start with a refill kit. The kits include all the tools, ink and instructions necessary to successfully refill your cartridge. If you find that you can't do the procedure and just don't like refilling you are not out a lot of money. You would be surprised how many people order 4 pounds of bulk ink and don't have a clue what to do with it.

Repair Your Own Laser Printer

Having a printer repaired by a service company can be a pretty expensive proposition so we've compiled a checklist below that may assist you in fixing it yourself.

Take Your Printer On Vacation

A person wrote to me and expressed concerns about leaving his inkjet printer unattended for 3 months. While it may not be a problem he was correctly concerned about what he might come back to. A clogged print head. Which could result in a costly repair.

Cleaning Epson Print Heads

Epson print heads are not removable by the user so I found a procedure that works most of the time. Epson does not support this procedure so only use it if you are ready to buy another printer or send yours in for repair.

It's All In The Settings

Inkjet printers do a great job on text printing but many people do not know that you don't need a photo printer to make great photo printouts. Sure a photo printer is going to do a superior job and a little faster but you really don't need a photo printer for spectacular photo quality prints.

Ink Level Monitors Exposed

When you print a page on your inkjet printer, if you have your drivers properly installed, you will see a small screen pop up telling you how full your cartridges are. How does your printer know this?

Cyan And Magenta? Why The Goofy Names?

Anybody who has purchased ink cartridges know that there is no blue or red ink. Cyan sure looks blue and Magenta definitely looks red to me so why don't they just call them blue and red instead of cyan and magenta?

Which Printer Is The Best?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked that question. I know, I know, I'm the printer guru and I know all there is to know about printers. Truth is I keep my ear to the ground but I don't run out and test every new printer on the market. That's what CNET is for.

Troubleshooting Printer Problems

Printers are great when they work but when something goes wrong all of a sudden they are "crappy printers", "piece of junk" and so forth. Actually the technology is pretty impressive and if you ask me I think it's nothing short of magic. All that said lets explore some of the more common problems that cause the 45% of the help centers phone calls.

Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges

Ever wanted to know how the big boys make remanufactured inkjet cartridges? Read on and I'll give you a quick outline of what you actually get when you buy a remanufactured inkjet cartridge.

How Much Are You Saving by Refilling?

There is a formula for figuring out exactly how much money you can save by using a refill kit. You already know how expensive OEM inkjet cartridges are and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that you can save money by using them. But how many people know EXACTLY how much money they are saving? If you really knew I'd be willing to bet that if you aren't refilling now, you are going to take another look after reading this.

Start Your Own Inkjet Refilling Business

Ever wondered how you can get on the bandwagon and start your own inkjet refilling business? Many people have but when it comes right down to it they don't know where to start. I have been asked this question so many times that my response is memorized. But I'm not going to give you my typical response here, I'll go one step better. I'm going to explain how to do it in a nutshell and send you in the right direction to get you started.

Metrology: Getting An Understanding That You Need

Metrology is an important term to understand, but it is a term that is widely used to mean a number of things. In basic form, metrology is the science of measurement. What this tells us, though, is that measurement is far from a perfect solution. In many cases, people will cause there to be a small amount of error in any measurement that is taken. In metrology, this is examined and explored fully.

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