How to Reset the Chip of an HP 5550

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How to Reset the Chip of an HP 5550
Before you use a refill cartridge, reset the chip. (microchip image by giovanni cardinali from

The Hewlett-Packard 5550 is a versatile printing machine. It creates sharp picture-like images and clear documents with ease. When the ink runs out, you are faced with two options, however. Either pay an inflated price for a manufacturer's ink cartridge, or refill the one you already paid for. The latter option makes sense if you are on a budget. If you do refill these cartridges, you must also reset the chip using what is called a chip resetter.

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Things you need

  • HP 5550 cartridge
  • Chip resetter
  • Computer

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    Purchase an HP 5550 chip reset kit. Chip resetters are not all the same, so be sure your particular chip resetter is designed exclusively for the HP 5550 or all HP model printers. Some ink refill kits come with these chip resetters (see Resources). They are a great idea and very convenient.

  2. 2

    Set up the chip resetter as indicated in your manufacturer's instructions. Usually this involves simply placing the chip resetter on a table and plugging it in, or installing the batteries.

  3. 3

    Set the HP 5550 cartridge inside the chip resetter and wait about 10 seconds. The resetter automatically reprograms the chip and sets it back to the full level.

  4. 4

    Place the cartridge into your printer.

  5. 5

    On your computer, click "Start," "Control Panel" and "Printers and faxes." Click the "HP 5550" icon and select "Printer." Click on "Preferences" and then click to disable the ink monitoring level in the "Maintenance" section. Then use the cartridge as you normally would.

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