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    Inkjet Cartridges!

    Hi all,
    It may be a silly question, but I don't know the answer!

    "If I do not use my printer for quite some time, will/can the ink inside the cartridge dry up and make it unuasable?"
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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    The ink ought to remain OK for a long time, but the print heads will clog if not used for a while, necessitating one or more runs of the print head cleaning utility that comes with most (all?) inkjet printers. The cleaning process uses up ink. Printing a dummy page every few days may be more economical in the end than not printing for weeks or months and having to run the head cleaning utility multiple times.

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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    Thanks for the advice. I will print the test page every now and then on the colour cartridge. I tend to use lots of black ink, and rarely print from my colour cartridge!
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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    I also think that it depends on the manufacturer and/or the model of the printer in their product line. I suppose this is not disparaging since it's a true story. I had experience at home with two Lexmark printers (my son's was one, of the same model as mine) and they both suffered from "something" that caused the seldom used machine to "dry up" with a darn near full cartridge inside. No amount of cleaning or printing would make it rejuvenate itself. All Lexmark did was send me a replacement cartridge on two occasions. At the time, I was still employed and we had more than a couple of different model workstation printers with similar problems.

    It so happened that I knew someone who had an HP Deskjet 970c printer and he claimed that it did not suffer from the problem, so I bought one. I've had that printer for several years, it's seldom used and I've never had the problem... <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    Unfortunately, I don't know how else one could know prior to purchase whether a machine might have this tendancy except to try to find reviews on the web.

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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    Thanx for the input BigAl. I will <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>, as my printer happens to be a Lexmark!
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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    When all else fails with a printer, see Judge Bob.

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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    Here is an article about inkjet printer you may be interested in.

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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    Extreme!!!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Inkjet Cartridges!

    hanx Jolas...this is a useful link. I appreciate the input. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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