How to Reset the Ink Cartridge Levels for an HP Deskjet F380

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How to Reset the Ink Cartridge Levels for an HP Deskjet F380
Tape is needed for this project. (Roll of parcel tape image by Scott Latham from Fotolia.com)

The Hewlett-Packard Deskjet F380 is a colour inkjet printer that uses a black ink cartridge and a single colour ink cartridge. The cartridges can be refilled when the ink level becomes low. Each cartridge contains a chip that keeps track of how much the cartridge is used to determine when the ink should be empty. In order to use a refilled ink cartridge in the HP F380, the chip on each cartridge must be reset so the printer will treat it as a full cartridge.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the cartridges from the F380 printer.

  2. 2

    Position the cartridges so they are right side up and the gold leads are facing you.

  3. 3

    Place a small piece of tape over the gold contact in the top left corner of each cartridge.

  4. 4

    Place the cartridge back in the F380 printer. The printer automatically prints an alignment page.

  5. 5

    Remove the cartridges. Place a piece of tape over the gold contact in the top right corner of each cartridge.

  6. 6

    Place the cartridges back into the F380 printer. The F380 prints another alignment page.

  7. 7

    Remove the cartridges from the printer. Remove both pieces of tape from each cartridge.

  8. 8

    Insert the cartridges into the F380 printer. The printer prints a cartridge alignment page. Each cartridge is now recognised as a full ink cartridge.

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