Printing costs in businesses can rapidly spiral out of control and, because of this, third-party ink cartridges and refill kits have become a viable alternative. Some printer manufacturers, such as Lexmark, discourage the use of third-party cartridges by installing ink chips in their printers which attempt to prevent their use. While there’s a workaround allowing you to avoid this restriction, be aware that using third-party ink cartridges will void your warranty and Lexmark will normally not provide you with technical support should something go wrong.
- Open the cover of the printer as you normally would to replace an ink cartridge. Once the print head moves into place, making it accessible, remove any existing ink cartridges and install the new ones.
- Wait for the new ink cartridges to install. After a couple of minutes, the Lexmark software installed on your computer will present an error message warning you that you aren’t using genuine Lexmark cartridges. Disregard this warning and continue. Another warning will appear stating that your warranty may be void if you continue. Click “OK.”
- Follow the instructions on-screen to continue disabling the ink monitoring software. Repeat this step for each refilled or third-party cartridge you have installed.
Tip : Disabling the ink monitoring software will mean that you won’t be able to find out how much ink is left in each cartridge. However, you’ll be able to tell when an ink cartridge needs replacing or refilling when certain colors appear faded on printouts.
Warning : Never use force to install an ink cartridge. Any compatible ink cartridge should gently slot into place and lock when you pull down the panel over the cartridge.