Thanks for the suggestions guys.
Richard S. wrote:Smitty the cartridges are patented so they can't be made by anyone without a license. What you purchased is one that was refilled.
The other thing they are doing is putting a chip in them so when it does run out it won't register as filled when you refill it. There is ways around this, sounds me like you got one that is fubarred.
Printer manufactures don't sell printers, they sell ink and by weight it is one of the most expensive things on the planet.
First thing I would do is uninstall the printer and then reinstall.
Yeah, tried that already. Tried everything under the sun. Uninstalled driver. Reinstall driver. Uninstall printer. Reinstall printer. No go. $316 paperweight.
You were right - those were refilled.
What a rackett that ink business is! I just can't believe this thing was working 100% fine until I installed that one black cartridge. After that everything went haywire. Thought my whole operating system was going to take a dump on me! When I restarted, I was immediately redirected to Microsoft's web page that was checking "Windows Authenticity". Apparently during the printer fiasco an unauthorized change was made to windows???
Virus in an ink cartridge?
I can't begin to tell you how much I HATE all this electronic BS!! They're engineered to fail at a given time to keep the money machine rolling. Unbelievable.
Ok so we got HP & Kodak. My buddy recommended Kodak too for the cheap ink. Says he loves his ... but then I read reviews on Amazon & they scared me away. Lots of lemons out there apparently. Although this Lexmark had 35 reviews & 25 of them were negative. No surprise there ....
Gotta buy one this weekend. Almost bought the Kodak ESP 6150 .. then the 71xx & 91xx whatever those were .. then the Canon MX870. Seems like all of them use both color & black ink. That was the one thing I liked about my Lexmark - the ability to use black only. Apparently all of these new ones completely shut down - can't fax or scan when just ONE cartridge gets low until you replace both. Sounds like another rackett to me ....
Need to find one with a fax, duplex printing, & the ability to still use the damn thing if the stupid ink runs out. Not having any luck yet ....