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TROUBLESHOOT: How do you reset an Epson ink cartridge?

Depending on the model of your Epson cartridge, you can do the following:

Find the Cartridge Reset Button.

Some Epson cartridges such as Epson 78 has a reset button for refillable purposes.

  1. Turn the ink cartridge to where the microchip can be found.
  2. Using the end of a paper clip, press the reset button that can be located above the metal contacts, right in the center.

Replace Old Cartridge Chips

Epson Replacement Chips are available in ink stores depending on cartridge models.

Use a Cartridge Reset Tool

For some Epson cartridge models, they have no reset buttons. Instead the chip's metal contacts need to be pressed specifically at the same time. This is where a Cartridge Reset Tools comes in handy.

  1. First, look for a reset tool that is compatible with your cartridge model.
  2. Properly uninstall your empty ink cartridge.
  3. Position your ink cartridge where the chip's metal contacts are displayed to the pins of the rest tool.
  4. Press the reset tool to the cartridge and allow the tool's pins to press the metal contacts of the of the cartridge chip.
  5. Wait for the tool's light to go green. When the green light starts to blink your cartridge chip is now resetted and ready to be reused.

The Cartridge Chip Swap

Some ink cartridges will notify you to replace an ink cartridge while it will still have 30-40% ink level. This trick is basically fooling your printer using your Black and CMY cartridges.

  1. Properly uninstall both Black and CMY cartridges.
  2. Carefully slide away their cartridge chips off. You may need a single-bladed razor to remove a chip's excess plastic to effectively remove the chip from its cartridge.
  3. Swap the chips on the cartridges. Put the Black cartridge chip on the CMY cartridge. Then put the CMY cartridge chip on the Black cartridge.
  4. Properly install the ink cartridges back on the printer.
  5. Press the Ink Change button on your printer to signal that you have replaced the ink cartridges. The computer will now show that the ink cartridges have full ink levels.
  6. Press the Ink Change button again. Uninstall both of your cartridges.
  7. Put the cartridge chips back on their respective ink cartridges. Black cartridge chip on black ink cartridge. CMY cartridge chip on CMY ink cartridge.
  8. Install the ink cartridges again into your printer and press the Ink Change button. Both cartridges will now reflect same level of ink.