How to Reset the Ink Level on a Lexmark Printer

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How to Reset the Ink Level on a Lexmark Printer
Using refilled ink cartridges with a Lexmark printer is a great way to save money, but the printer ink levels need to be reset first. (printer cartridge image by hugy from

Using refilled ink cartridges is a great way to save money. However, Lexmark printers often will not recognise the refilled ink cartridge as containing a complete supply of fresh ink. It is possible to reset a Lexmark printer's ink level gauge and successfully use refilled cartridges instead of fresh cartridges. Resetting Lexmark printer ink gauge levels is a quick and easy process that will guarantee less expensive printing practices.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Refilled ink cartridge(s)
  • Lexmark printer
  • Computer

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    The Printer Solution Center Option

  1. 1

    Open the "Printer Solution Center" program on the computer associated with the Lexmark printer.

  2. 2

    Select the "Maintenance" tab in the "Printer Solution Center."

  3. 3

    Select the "Install a new printer cartridge" option.

  4. 4

    Click the "Next" buttons until the "Print the Alignment page" window appears onscreen.

  5. 5

    Select the "Print" button. If the Lexmark printer still doesn't read the refilled cartridges as having sufficient ink, repeat the process.

    Resetting the Cartridge Option

  1. 1

    Remove the black and colour cartridges, refilled or new, from the printer.

  2. 2

    Turn the printer off using the power button. Leave the printer off for about 20 seconds to allow it to power down completely.

  3. 3

    Turn the printer on using the power button. The printer will go through the normal start-up process and will determine that no cartridges are installed.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 five times. This process will allow the Lexmark printer to remove the usual five most recent ink cartridges from its memory and list of current ink cartridges and, as a result, accept the newly refilled ink cartridge.

Tips and warnings

  • To ensure the best print jobs and to maintain the printer, only reuse a print cartridge between five and eight times.

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