Some printer manufacturers, such as Canon, HP, Epson and Lexmark, put a chip into their inkjet or toner cartridges. This chip is connected to the circuitry in printer and alerts the user that the ink is going to run out. The chip records droplet count data and tracks ink usage. Some chips set an expiration date (relative to the date of manufacture) and disable the printer cartridge after this date even if it remains full.
Printer manufacturers claim that the chip technology adds value to their cartridges so the customers will be warned of low ink (even when the cartridge contains a substantial amount of ink). This ensures that print quality can be maintained. Consumer advocates think otherwise.
When the chip detects that the cartridge is short of ink, it disables the printer despite the fact that your cartridge may not actually be empty. The chip will still prevent you from completing your printing and will display a message that you are out of ink. The presence of this chip will also prevent your printer from recognizing the refill in the same OEM cartridge as it can only remember the amount of ink printed. The chip also recognizes third party cartridges when installed and gives you a warning message to make you believe that installing a 3rd party cartridge may damage the printer, though it happens rarely.
To resolve these problems caused by the presence of additional chips in your cartridge, chip resetters are frequently used. Chip Resetter erases all the data in the toner cartridge chip from previous use so that the cartridge can be reborn to a fresh state. You can use chip resetter to reset the cartridge when it is refilled or when the cartridge is close to the expiration date. Therefore, you can keep on buying cheaper compatible cartridges or refill kits instead of the expensive OEM cartridges.
How to use a chip resetter
If you use refill kits in the cartridges of your printer, you will receive a warning message that says ink levels are low. The easiest way to stop this message from appearing is to reset the micro chip on the cartridge by using either a chip Resetter made especially for your branded printer or by using a universal chip resetter. The process of resetting the chip is fairly easy. It will take just about few minutes to complete.
1. Remove the cartridge form your printer; remove the chip Resetter from any plastic piece present on the chip Resetter pins.
2. Line up the metal tabs (located on the backside) on the ink cartridge with the metal pins of chip Resetter.
3. Press and hold the chip resetter to the cartridge so the tabs and the pins connect. A red light begins to blink on and off. Hold the cartridge and chip reset tool in contact until the green light blinks. Or press the cartridge into the chip resetter and hold it there until the light comes on.
4. The ink cartridge is now ready to print. Install it back into your printer through the accessing panel. Then turn the printer on. Open a test document and select "File" and then "Print" to test the cartridge.