There is nothing more annoying than a low ink warning on your inkjet printer. Just imagine the stress you may undergo when that dialog box or little flashing light keeps on popping up when you are in a hurry to take a printout. Sometimes, it happens even when you have installed a brand new ink cartridge which is quite full. This is the time you may seriously feel like causing harm to your printer.
First things first, you need to know about the ink levels in your ink cartridge. There are two main methods that a printer will use to gauge the ink levels in a cartridge. They are through a light or a chip. The light will work only if the ink cartridge is clear such as the Canon PGI-450XL. The printer will shine a laser light through the cartridge and read the level of ink in the tank physically. But this is not possible for all cartridges and the chip will come in handy in situations like this. The chip is actually preloaded with a set amount of pages that the cartridge can print. This is based on the standardized page yield tests. When the cartridge has already printed about 75% of the estimated pages, the chip will tell the printer to inform you that the cartridge is almost out of ink.
The problem is with most of the re-manufactured cartridges such as the HP 56 ink and the Canon PG-512 ink. The chips in these cartridges cannot be reset and you will occasionally get a low ink warning even if the ink cartridge is full. These warnings can be bypassed quite easily. Most cases would only require you to replace the ink cartridge as soon as the print quality begins to fade.
Once the low ink warning appears, remove the ink cartridge from the printer carefully and re-install it slowly. If the message still appears, remove the cartridge carefully and close the cover. Power off the printer, unplug the printer and leave it off for at least two minutes.
Then, re-install the cartridge by turning the printer on. You will not experience low ink warnings with Brother ink cartridges since there would be a small clear window near the bottom of the cartridge. This will allow the printer to accurately read the ink levels.
Once the low ink warning appears, you need to press and hold the RESET/STOP or RESUME button. This should be done for at least 10-seconds. This button will flash with an orange light whenever the warning pops up. Hence you will be able to find it quite easily.
If you get a warning on your LCD or computer screen, pressing OK will allow you to continue with your printing. This will have to be done every time you print.
If you disable all warnings in order to stop the low ink message warning, it will disable all notifications too. Even messages about paper jams and paper supply will be disabled. The scan function in some of the MFC models could be disabled. So this is not recommended.
Once the low ink warning starts to appear, you need to click OK and disable the message. Some printers will give you the option to stop the message and not have it pop up again. This is done by clicking the box next to the message which says “do not show this warning again”. Some rare cases will make you click OK every time you will need to print something.
If you disable all warnings to stop the low ink message showing up, it will disable all notifications. You will not get any messages about paper jam, paper supply etc. It can also disable the scan function in some of the all-in-one printers. That is why we don’t recommend this action.
WARNING: Running a cartridge until it is empty will damage the print head of it. This is true for ink cartridges with a separate print head such as the HP 920XL or HP 940XL.
Whenever the low ink reminder screen appears, you can choose to not display this screen. Access the printer driver on your computer. For windows, you need to click on Devices and Printers while for MAC, you need to click on Page Setup and then Print. Now click on the Maintenance Tab, Speed & Progress and then Monitoring Preferences. Clear the Enable Low Ink Reminder check box.
WARNING: Epson print heads are extremely sensitive. Hence as soon as the printer gives you a Cartridge Empty Warning, you need to replace the ink cartridge. Running Epson cartridges until they are empty could damage the print head.
We hope this information is useful for you. If you need new ink cartridges, please visit our Ink Toner Cartridge section.