HP printer

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Trying to decide whether to upgrade to a real photo printer- now have
    only an HP dj 5550, with, whoopee, a "photo" cart which replaces the
    black for "better" color. Makes a six cart printer out of a four cart

    In the mean time, the regular color cartridge said it was out of ink.
    equally all three colors were at 0. So, I replaced it with a previous
    cartridge I had saved, and it, too, shows 0 ink levels, although it
    prints..... Don't see anyplace to refresh the reading.

    Are these HP carts subject to date expiry? (I thought I had read about
    that but re the real photo printers.
    John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2004
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  2. I see on the back of the HP ink cartridges with the Vivendi inks "Nov
    So, Hp cartridges must have a limited shelf life.
    Charles Eaves, Nov 23, 2004
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  3. John McWilliams

    wayne Guest

    a photo printer depends on what you want to do with it. I myself would just
    go to local place and print there cost is the same or less and quality is
    better if the picture is too dark or light they will redo for free and the
    prints can get wet and not run. Inkjet unless you have special coating or
    ink will run if they get wet

    wayne, Nov 23, 2004
  4. I understood that some of the higher end HPs had sensors that read a
    date off the cart, and wouldn't let it print past the date, whether the
    tanks were full or not. Kinda sucks for people who don't print much.

    My question was if the 5550 might have a lesser version of same, just
    gives a zero ink left reading.....
    John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2004
  5. I'm not talking about 4x6, or even 5x7s. My local places also don't know
    beans about printer profiles, but rely on human intervention. Good for
    many, not what I want.
    John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2004
  6. John McWilliams

    Jerry G. Guest

    You have a very valid point there. I myself use a descent colour printer
    when I need a print right away for some type of demonstration, or display. I
    go to a professional photo print place, when I need a print for a permanent
    application. I also found that printing photos myself is much more
    expensive, and are not as good as when done on an elaborate commercial
    printing system.
    Jerry G., Nov 23, 2004
  7. John McWilliams

    Larry Guest

    ALL new HP Cartridges have a date built into them.
    SOME of the printers will refuse to print after that date (mostly the newer
    PhotoSmarts will stop)

    I have an old HP 952C which ignores the dates on its carts. A newer model (I
    dont remember the model #) that uses the same carts will stop on the cutoff

    I dont think there have been any more new HP printers that use the same carts
    as the 952C.

    The HP PHOTOSMARTS 7350, and up all stop on expiration dates, but the carts
    are so tiny, if you print a few pictures a month you'll use 'em up before
    they expire.
    Larry, Nov 23, 2004
  8. John McWilliams

    Alan Browne Guest

    comp.periphs.scanners would be the right place for these questions.


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    Alan Browne, Nov 23, 2004
  9. In my experience with HP printers, the "out of ink" warning doesn't mean
    "completely". I use the warning to keep a new cartridge handy, for when I
    really need it.
    Marvin Margoshes, Nov 23, 2004
  10. Would it, now?
    John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2004
  11. Mot probably yes.

    I fell to this HP deadfall completely. I bought the HP Officejet
    d155xi network device (all in one type, it was well over 1000 euros)
    about two years ago and honestly this is the most evil-minded product
    marketing technique I have never seen.

    The ink cartridges have an IC chip, the sole purpose of that chip is
    to expire the cartridge at some preset date set by HP. There is no way
    around this bitchiness, even if the cartridge is full of ink the
    printer does not accept it. Also the printer will not print in B/W
    mode if only the 3color cartridge is out dated by its chip. And it
    will not print in color in case only the black cartridge is out dated
    by its chip.

    As if that would not be enough to assure steady demand of ink
    cartridges the nozzles (4 of them) need to be changed often, they are
    equally expensive as the ink cartridges. Either they dry very easily
    or they have their own expiration chip.

    So, be warned, HP is a deeply deceitful company.

    I will never ever buy any HP product.

    Timo Autiokari
    Timo Autiokari, Nov 23, 2004
  12. John McWilliams

    Greg Evans Guest

    To be fair, I have dealt with many very fine HP laser printers over
    the past few years in my career as IT support staff. They have all
    been reasonably priced, well-made, and performed like tireless
    workhorses with very few problems.

    I think your experiences aren't necessarily entirely the fault of HP
    (though I agree that IC-chip business is bad), rather they are due to
    the inherent nature of inkjet printers in general. As I understand
    it, the printer itself is a "loss-leader" item; all the profit is in
    the consumables. Just about every inkjet printer from every company
    is a resource hog. A quick Google for "inkjet printer cost per page
    comparison" provided, among others, this web page of comparison
    charts: http://www.testlab.rmit.edu.au/graphs.php Briefly, the
    majority of inkjet printers in this test group had a cost-per-page of
    between $0.20 and $0.40US - for only up to 20% page coverage! Quite a
    few were even higher. You can imagine how much a full-page color
    photo print would cost. Also, I don't know if that analysis included
    the cost of good photo-grade paper....

    When I went digital, I decided quickly not to spend money on a
    photo-printer; it seemed much more economical to have my images
    printed at a lab. Perhaps if I were a professional photographer, it
    would pay to spend the money on a high-end photo printer. ut until
    then, I'd rather let someone else handle my printing needs.

    Greg Evans
    Greg Evans, Nov 23, 2004
  13. John McWilliams

    kashe Guest

    Let's admit it -- refusing to print after a specific date is
    raw marketing BS and nothing more.

    If I pick up a number of cartridges at a good price, I
    shouldn't be penalized for HP's benefit because I don't use them
    immediately. The only justifiable action is, if they can detect the
    date and refuse to print, they can as easily pop a dialog box letting
    me know the date has been reached. It should be my option to continue
    with the print and evaluate the results for myself. If the print is
    flawed, I can replace the cartridge. If not, I should be allowed to
    run the cartridge dry.
    kashe, Nov 24, 2004
  14. John McWilliams

    kashe Guest

    There's one more evil-minded -- the Lexmark products. When a
    third party managed to clone their chip to allow refilling their toner
    cartridges, they used some cheap-ass form of encryption on the chip.
    This allowed Lexmark to go to court and use the DMCA as a hammer to
    prevent the third party vendor from using the chips to allow refills.
    kashe, Nov 24, 2004
  15. John McWilliams

    kashe Guest

    Engineering is not the issue here -- it's marketing practices
    which deprive the user/owner of reasonable use of their purchase.
    Let's not forget the practice of supplying inkjet printers
    with "minimal fill" cartridges so that your first purchase of a full
    tank comes after the original runs dry after a few pages. This would
    be the equivalent of supplying a typewriter with an original
    eighteen-inch ribbon or a laser printer with two ounces of toner.
    kashe, Nov 24, 2004
  16. John McWilliams

    Frank ess Guest

    Seems to me I have seen groups where hacks were mentioned with regard to
    resetting incapacitators in some Epson cartridges. If Epson or HP can
    put something in there, someone can whip it around to his own uses.
    Count on it.
    Frank ess, Nov 24, 2004
  17. John McWilliams

    Jer Guest

    I'm with you here! If I want to pretend to print with ALL my ink
    cartridges dry as a bone, it should be my option, nobody elses.
    Jer, Nov 24, 2004
  18. John McWilliams

    chasm Guest

    this is the reason for my wanting a color laser printer. not a very expensive
    one but one which will allow me to show an approx of a photo to a family member
    or ?? other. for actual quality prints, take it to a print store in town and
    let them print them off.

    I HATE ink jets with a passion. and I must have 4 of them.


    chasm, Nov 24, 2004
  19. John McWilliams

    TIM Guest

    What HELL-PACKED Does Not What is For you to Refill your own ink that
    is why you are having this problem in other words The printer Thinks
    That The Ink Cartridge Has been refilled and will refuse to print I
    know this because I own a HP Photo-smart model 145 and I refill the
    ink when it gets low whay i Had to do was re-install the printer
    drivers each time i refilled the cartridge.
    TIM, Nov 24, 2004
  20. John McWilliams

    Alan Browne Guest

    This subject is OT for the rec.photo.digital.slr-systems NG per the charter.

    Please take these questions to or keep posting
    limited to rec.photo.digital .


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    Alan Browne, Nov 24, 2004
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