How do I Reset the Ink Level Chip in a HP C6280 Printer?

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How do I Reset the Ink Level Chip in a HP C6280 Printer?
Reset your HP ink cartridges with a special device. (ink cartridges image by itsallgood from

If your ink runs dry in the HP C6280 printer, you have the option of refilling the ink cartridges. Even when full, the computer continues to return an ink level error message each time you print. That's because the chip on the side of the cartridge is still set to a "low ink" reading. A chip resetter for HP printers will reverse this setting, so your computer prints without giving you this message. It requires no technical skills or software to complete this project.

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Things you need

  • HP chip resetter

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    Find a chip reset tool for the HP C6280 printer. This electronic tool signals the chip to reset to "full". Another option is to use a universal chip resetter designed for resetting chips in many different makes and models. Always check to make sure the device works with the CP6280 printer before purchasing it.

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    Place the tool on a table with the slotted notch toward you, or simply hold the device in your hand if it is a handheld model. Make sure the connectors on the device are accessible.

  3. 3

    Slide the HP cartridge in the notched slot, after making sure the contacts on the cartridge are facing down and will connect with the pins on the device. If it is a handheld unit, simply connect the contacts on the unit to the tabs on the cartridge. Watch for the red light to turn on, showing a connection is made between the two devices.

  4. 4

    Wait until you see the cartridge resetter's green light blinking on and off. This tells you that a successful resetting of the cartridge has taken place.

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    Test out the cartridge by pulling open the access panel on the printer and placing the cartridge in the print carrier. Click on a photo or text page, choose "File" and the click "Print". The file should print with no ink warning messages. If one does pop up on the screen, repeat the steps again.

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