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Printers, I wonder why I bother.

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tanith Sat 06-Jun-15 20:24:01

Oh I am so mad I could smash my printer to pieces I had an HP printer but the ink was so expensive we bought a Kodak all in one about 18mths ago the ink for them is much cheaper and I loved it ,simple to use and never let me down , till now.
I needed a new black cartridge so thought I'd try Tesco compatible one put it in and printed a test page , perfect.
Then I needed to print something out and it printed all the coloured bits but no black text. So thinks I maybe it doesn't like the Tesco ink so I go and buy Kodak ink , no it still won't print black text. Then I tried again today and it tells me the colour ink needs renewing even though its fairly new . So off I go and buy a new colour ink and it still won't print any black text by now I want to throw the damn thing out the window. I've uninstalled and reinstalled it , I've cleaned the print head with surgical spirit as suggested and nothing , nada, zilch .
I need to print out some boarding passes for a trip in two weeks and am now looking at having to buy a new printer even though I just paid out for new inks... I could cry.

Sorry this really is a rant rather than a cry for help.. feel free to ignore me.

Tegan Sat 06-Jun-15 20:49:13

A few years ago I came close to throwing my computer out of the window when it didn't work; I think a lot of the frustration is me being such a technophobe and being annoyed with myself for not knowing how to get things to work. I bought a Ryman printer cartridge last time because it was a lot cheaper and had to do something to my computer to make it 'recognise' it. I know the girl at the Rymans shop seemed slightly loathe to sell it to me [probably knowing that it could cause a problem]. It works ok now but I did have to disable some sort of virus check to get it to work.

Tresco Sat 06-Jun-15 20:49:27

I've more or less given up with printers and just use the local library when I want to have something printed. Home printers seem to me to be a complete rip-off, just a way of extracting money from us.

Brendawymms Sat 06-Jun-15 20:52:16

My last printer developed a fault with the print cartridge carriage and it was cheaper to buy a new printer rather than a print carriage.
What ever printer you get then have a wireless one.

Tegan Sat 06-Jun-15 20:53:01

There is something on moneysavingexpert.com about HP printer not accepting Tesco ink cartridge but [being a technophobe] I can't get onto it.

Tegan Sat 06-Jun-15 20:55:01

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtomC5FQs2I

Ana Sat 06-Jun-15 20:56:23

I've had an hp printer for five years and it's never let me down. I always buy hp ink cartridges but shop around to get the cheapest deal (double packs are sometimes very good value).

I suppose it depends how much you need to print. I don't do a lot of printing myself but when the DGDs are let loose on my computer their printing activities do have to be limited to three or four each or my ink supplies would be down to zero within half an hour! hmm

grumppa Sat 06-Jun-15 21:34:25

Canon and HP have never let me down, but the ink costs are irritating to say the least.

soontobe Sat 06-Jun-15 21:58:02

We have Canon too, which do seem to be better than some.

Marelli Sat 06-Jun-15 22:12:56

I've had the same HP for about 6 years and although I haven't printed off reams of stuff, it's never let me down. Now, however, it won't print and tells me there's something wrong with the colour cartridge (same age as the black). I took the colour one out, and am using the black on its own, and now it's printing. confused

tanith Sat 06-Jun-15 22:29:17

I am similarly confused Marelli.. but also angry

Grannyknot Sat 06-Jun-15 22:56:47

I make my cartridges last by printing everything in grayscale (selected from the printer 'Properties'.

The other thing I've done in the past when faced with a problem as described in the OP is to 'fool' the printer by selecting the whole document and changng everything to one colour e.g. dark blue. Voila!

tanith Sat 06-Jun-15 23:00:48

Grannyknot I was going to have one more go tomorrow so I might try your trick.. smile