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Epson Printers: How to use third party or cloned ink cartridges?

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No other printer type can be at par with an inkjet when it comes to print quality, but it comes with a price. Epson ink cartridges are so expensive, and in selected instances some cartridges are even expensive than the upfront cost of the Epson printer.

Due to this pricing anomaly, most users shy away from the original but prefer cloned or third party ink cartridges. However, using cloned cartridges is not as easy as installing the original, there are steps to follow to take advantage of the economically charged cloned ink cartridges. In all instances the printer will initially reject a cloned cartridge, some things should be reconfigured to allow printing to proceed. Here are some of it:

  1. Start by installing the cloned ink cartridge, and automatically the printer will issue a prompt “an ink cartridge cannot be recognized”.
  2. Proceed to “Start”, then “Control Panel” on the computer and double click on the “printer”.
  3. Look for the icon on the “Epson Printer” and right press and select “Printer Preferences”, regularly found at bottom of the dialog box.
  4. Click on the tab showing “Speed and Progress” and look at the Epson Printer monitor box.
  5. Turn off the ink monitor by checking off the “Disable Epson Status Monitor” found within a box.
  6. And lastly, click “Save” and close the window. That’s about it the printer and the cloned ink cartridges can now start printing operation.

Remember, inkjet cartridges are installed with electronic chips that monitor the printing process and automatically shutdown once operation does not conform to the regular process. Cloned ink cartridges on the other hand have a different chip that may not be compatible to to the original, thus to reconfigure is the only solution to allow printing to proceed.

An Epson Printer can work best with an original Epson ink cartridge, but it can be coaxed to print using cloned or third party inkjet cartridges.

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