Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ??
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|Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Vgolfmasterr (4/20/11 7:04 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I recently had a very unproductive E-mail exchange with Kodak in regards to their printers default behavior to disable my printer as soon a low ink notification shows up. |
Any chance anyone knows how they monitor the ink level in the ESP series (3250), or even more importantly, how to override it, so I can continue to print until the cartridge is actually empty?
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Vgolfmasterr (4/25/11 4:20 PM) reply|| + / -|
|I see very little conversation in regards to the newer Kodak printers (ESP series). Are these things that secretive that no one has yet to figure out how to over ride the low ink warning?|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Vgolfmasterr (4/25/11 7:22 PM) reply|| + / -|
|One more update......|
As a completely unsatisfied customer, and being so displeased with the answers I received from the customer service department as well as from Judith Goonan (Director of Customer Relations), I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Seems Kodak uses a very standard E-mail format of firstname.lastname@example.org. This format also works for other Kodak employees, including their Executives:
I followed up with each and every Executive via E-mail, and am finally getting some attention on this situation and have the wheels in motion to getting some answers.
If you are having poor success with the Kodak customer service channels, I highly recommend this technique to get some answers. Perhaps flooding the Executives with unanswered complaints and demanding some changes will put the wheels of change in motion a bit quicker than standard customer service channels allow.
to be continued......
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Vgolfmasterr (5/1/11 7:47 PM) reply|| + / -|
|I also just recently discovered that I am unable to scan a document when I have an ink cartridge displayed as empty. It keeps getting better, lol. I'm not trying to scan and print, just scan and save a .pdf file to my hard drive, and apparently an empty cartridge prevents this also......|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by lionlopez (11/14/11 11:37 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Having the same problems, please help!|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by aliver (4/28/12 4:50 AM) reply|| + / -|
|Same problem here too - VERY frustrating!|
I guess it won't scan, because if you can't print it using their ink, then why scan it at all? lol
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by joncris (6/12/12 1:29 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I have a Kodak ESP 7250. The problem is just Kodak's definition of 'feature.' You can't print Black with a full Black cartridge but an empty Color cartridge, or vice versa. Ditto for scanning, as in scanning a document you wish to send elsewhere, without printing. Finally, being in China, almost everyone with an inkjet printer uses a UISS [universal ink supply system] that cuts costs of ink by 90%, and reduces the nuisances of having to re-order and replace cartridges all the time. However, Kodak very carefully designed the ESP cartridges so that there is no clearance for the tubing that connects to the external bottles of ink. |
I will try refilling the cartridges, but that will also require chip resetting. DOES ANYONE KNOW A TRICK FOR RESETTING THE PRINTER CARTRIDGES?
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by joncris (6/16/12 10:19 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Since posting these inquiries, I have found two answers.|
Resetting the cartridge counter [if one has a defective chip or a manually refilled cartridge]: POSSIBLE
1) Look for the chip on one corner of the cartridge
2) Notice a black line dividing the chip. Apparently,it is a circuit that carries the count of pages printed to a counter.
3) Using an exacto knife - of a sharp pointed knife - cut the line. The instructions I read were to 'insert the blade under the line." I couldn't do that, so I just scraped the line with the point of a knife until there was a visible gap.
NOTE: I had to do it in daylight; you may have better eyes.
4) Put in the cartridge and turn off the machine, for at least five seconds.
5) When you turn on the machine, the status graphic for the cartridge shows full.
6) Print until the colors begin to be faded or unbalanced, and then replace - or refill - the cartridge
7) CAUTION: Since there is no longer an operable counter controlling the printer, it is possible to run completely out of ink, which could damage the printer. Of course, it should be obvious [see point #6, above] long before that point.
8) FINAL OBSERVATION: Refilling cartridges is straightforward, but it is easy to spill the ink. Wear the plastic glove provided with the ink bottles. Make sure you have enough newspapers to absorb such spills.
Installing a UISS [Universal Ink Supply System]. NOT POSSIBLE
1) The physical design of the printer leaves almost no clearance above the cartridge. Consequently, the flexible tubing from external ink supplies has no room to move, above the print heads.
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Danimp (11/14/12 6:43 AM) reply|| + / -|
|Joncris, your solution interests me! |
But I don't think that I have really understood.
I've cut the line but the screen still told me to change the cartridges. So I've put the blade deeper and now the screen says : ink cartridge not recognized.
Can you join a photo of your chip?
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Cef1231 (4/16/13 6:36 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Yeah, I'm not too impressed with Kodak's ink rape. |
I tried cutting the black line between dividing the chip but had no luck. Perhaps I didn't cut far enough?
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Loccie (5/20/13 3:16 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I tried cutting between the contacts on an invalidated chip until I cut so far the chip was “killed” no cartridge present warning. Thinking about it this method (if it works at all) would need to be done before the chip had become invalidated. The chip counts the number of times the print head moves then invalidates the chips after a set amount of movements. Thus if you stopped the chips ability to count and report these movements then it would never become invalid? I am not sure I would be brave enough to test it with a new cartridge, any takers? The other option is a chip re setter anyone know of one for a Kodak hero 5.1?|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Loccie (5/20/13 3:48 AM) reply|| + / -|
|Ok sorry thinking about it a bit more I believe this invalidation is a mechanical operation involving wearing away a contact on the chip or enabling a contact by shorting two contacts after a given number of passes? This means a chip re setter is not going to work. I have found a sit selling replacement chips that enable two uses of one cartridge. The chip has a carbon strip between the two contacts after using the ink once you remove the carbon and its good for one more use.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by wbsgram (5/24/13 7:25 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Hate, hate, hate my Kodak printer for all of the above reasons and more. I started dating the cartridges when I replace them. I always print in "draft" and "black"--never use color and the color cartridge lasted only a month and a half. AND whenever I do want to print in color, red NEVER prints. I've set and re-set. Done! It's going out with the trash and I will never purchase Kodak again. |
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by morphears (8/15/13 7:59 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I know the post is a little old but wondered if anyone had any new ideas, I have contacted Kodak and never have I had such poor customer service.....I don't don't don't want to print, just scan, all they can say is replace the carts, however I spent £80 on the original unit and it has been a pile of rubbish, however the scanner would still be useful. If anyone can help, i'd appreciate it, otherwise it is going to be covered in dog poo and posted to head office.....lol |
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Neander (8/15/13 11:18 AM) reply|| + / -|
|Yes, this is an old post, but still no solution. It has been speculated that the ESP3250 chips count passes or pages printed, but I don't think that's the case. I may print just one page / month! And inevitably I have to buy new cartridges. They tell me my ink is low!. "OK", I thought, maybe it's drying out, so on my next purchase (at $25-$35 a pop!), I pulled the cartridges and stored them in air-tight, sealed containers, with cups of both water & alcohol (to saturate the air). A few months later when I inserted the ONE-PAGE-USED cartridges, I was told they were too LOW! Just to be sure, I broke into one and it was full of ink! I believe the chips are set to dates & passes (set to ROM chips in the printer itself. Has anybody tried re-setting their system date?). Thus Kodak is charging a printer TAX on their users, not providing a consumable product. If anyone has found any solutions or happy alternatives (I may go to Cannon -they've got chip setters) Please let us/me know. I'll update.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by cef1231 (8/15/13 12:20 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Sounds like the best solution yet haha.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Lemonade (8/24/13 1:42 PM) reply||+2 + / -|
|I've tried the cutting in between the lines and have had no luck! I don't use my colored printer almost at all and I manage to always need to be replacing my colored ink! UGH! I know this is an old post but Kodak seriously needs to up their game.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Petruspm (9/23/13 5:07 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Sometimes the ink cloths in the ink output. You can put the cartridge above a pan with boiling water, the steam will dissolve the ink. Just let it there for a minute or two and clean the ink exit with paper towel. I've done it many times with HP cartridges.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by daryl777 (10/17/13 8:35 AM) reply|| + / -|
|ok all interested parties it is true for the esp 3250 with the #10 cartridge if you create a gap in the carbon line it will cause the cartridge to be reported as full i just did it myself as a last ditch effort and it worked and yes the cartridge had already been deemed empty it sounds like maybe some people were cutting the line i used more of a scraping motion with the corner of a new razor blade not easy as the line is so thin but if go slow and check your progress using magnifying glass you will see what you need to do |
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Neander (10/17/13 11:57 AM) reply|| + / -|
|Daryl; You must sell cartridges for a living. You're saying: "Don't cut it, scrape it", while all the previous "cutters" said cutting is death. (If it's a dead -but refilled cartridge I guess you've got nothing to lose. Should you cut it before it registers as empty?) I looked at the gap between the gold plates with my jewelers glass, and there's nothing discernable there.|
I popped off the chip: It is only GLUED at the corner. It has no connection whatsoever to anything regarding the level of the ink! If you glued a new chip to a WOOD BLOCK, and you'd get a report of full ink! A month later it would tell you it's empty.
Big Lots is selling a bunch of reconditioned printers. I'm running the model numbers to see which ones are refillable. Goodbye Kodak, You deserve to crash.
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by IHATEKODAK 2 (11/7/13 7:39 PM) reply|| + / -|
|I thought I was alone! I just replaced black and color cartridges 3 weeks ago and don't recall printing hardly anything. The indicators say I am almost out of ink. I am going to get rid of this printer very soon!!!! Perhaps when the ink runs out. WHat a scam. Also, for the company that pretty much invented cameras, you'd think they'd be able to make a printer that can print beautiful photos (as advertised), but the colors are faded and awful. Cheaper to print them at Walgreen's anyway.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Neander (11/8/13 3:50 PM) reply|| + / -|
|Here's a possible option I'm going try before completely trashing the Kodak:|
I read somewhere that the printer has a ROM chip that has to store the data from the cartridge chips. If you can find the battery and disconect it, it will clear the ROM and the cartridge will be treated as a new one. The problem I'm having is getting to circut board! That sucker is embedded & sealed, which leads me to believe the battery trick is the answer.
Finding re-fillable printers is harder than I'd thought. Cannon's using the chips now. Even their older, re-furbed models are "upgraded" with the new chip cartridges.
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by br1ght (11/10/13 9:23 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I own 4 inkjet printers (2 Epsons, a Brother & Kodak 5100). 3 out of 4 are strait forward for refilling... Only the company that filed for bankruptcy is not easily refillable... They were the only company that spent millions advertising that they were cheaper per page than their competitors... |
Now, I have found several aftermarket companies that offer replacement kodak chips but none seem to sell the chips without buying their ink kit... Here is just one (I haven't used their product nor do I have any interest in the company) http://refillbay.com/product/inkjet-refill-kits-for-kodak-10-chips.php ...
The kodak printer has served me well but at a high price... I don't need it as
It doesn't have AirPrint (aka iphone printing) so it gets used as a photocopier instead of using my Brother...I have little to lose and everything to gain so I think I'm going to try some radical experimentation today and see if I might solve this issue once and for all (at least for the EasyShare5100 users) ... I'm thinking, tin foil to the contacts, 11/2v to the chip (maybe to the mating cartridge cradle contacts too), rom battery disconnect...
I've already have tried every button combination imaginable while pulling the power or plugging in (& while on too)... I figured that kodak must have a test sequence that would with print out a page or reset the rom... I haven't given up hope on that but...
Btw, my 2 Epsons (Workforce 7010 & Artisan 1430) ink with refillable/resettable cartridges cost me less than 100$ for 7+ refills each and all I need is more ink to keep them going... I am quite happy with printpayless.com who I purchased the supplies from... I'm running a specialty ink in my workforce and it is only 10% of the cost of name-brand competitor...
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by rstage (11/11/13 9:11 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I was having a similar problem attempting to scan with my ESP5250. I have an off-brand black cartridge which, after about 2 weeks, the printer started to not recognize. When I opened the tray where the ink is, I decided to cancel the search for ink. And it worked! I held down the cancel button while the printer was working, then the status bar said 'Cancelling'. After a short time, I was at the main menu, ready to scan.|
Again, this is my experience with the ESP5250, so I am not certain that it will translate to the ESP3250, but it worked for me.
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by Zeke2 (11/12/13 8:29 PM) reply|| + / -|
|I've been having similar problems with a Kodak 7250, which uses #10 cartridges. The post above by rstage works with my 7250 also. Allowing non-printing functions to work.|
|Re: Kodak ESP3250 Low Ink Warning - Over ride ?? by toob (12/6/13 5:00 AM) reply|| + / -|
|I have a Kodak ESP 3.2S printer which displays the same issues. |
After fitting new ink, after a period of time, say a month, ink levels reported by Kodak software and printer interface state ink is low, eventually forcing me to install new ink to continue using printer.
Now it's obvious that ink is not exhausted so they must be implementing some kind of time restraint rather than calculating how much ink has really been used.
WHAT A RIP OFF!
Anyway, after reading this article I tried breaking the thin black line that's between the two gold contacts on the chip of each cartridge. Hey presto, printer now thinks ink is full and I can continue to use ink until it's print quality deteriorates indicating ink is really exhausted.
So if you haven't tried this fix I would give it a go.
1. Wait till printer thinks ink has run out.
2. Remove cartridge and locate chip.
3. With the aid of an eye piece or magnifying glass and a sharp blade like a scalpel or small craft knife scratch at the thin black line that runs between the two gold coloured contacts on the cartridge chips.
You don't need to scrape much, just enough to break the circuit.
4. Replace in printer and note that printer now thinks ink is full.
This works on both the back and color cartridges.
Just remember to replace when print quality starts to deteriorate, indicating ink has really run out.
No more waisted ink!
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