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HULK SMASH inkjet cartridges too!

Today has been scarred into my memory.

When I came home today, my wife reminded me that she couldn’t print anything from her computer.  The printer (which happens to be an HP C6150, one of those “all-in-one” printers) is fairly new, maybe a year or two old.

So off I go into the basement, with a “be right back.”

Fixing computer things is my job, it’s in my blood.  I have a short mental list for getting printers back into shape, and knew it would take just a moment to set things straight.  Literally, less than five minutes.

What follows should curdle the blood of any sane person.

First…  I couldn’t print from my computer either.  The printer had lost its network address.  OK, easy fix.  (But why or how did it lose that setting?).  Next, the printer complained that an inkwell was empty.  This printer REFUSES TO PRINT ANYTHING when an inkwell gets low.  Not EMPTY.  LOW.  It’s maddening.  Sure enough, I’ve been through this grinder before, so I swap in a new cartridge from the office supplies.  Now it complains that ANOTHER inkwell is low, so I swap in a fresh one there too.  And NOW… this is when I started seeing green, started thinking about Bruce Banner… the printer complained that the INK HAD EXPIRED and that I would invalidate my warranty if I hit the OK button.  EXPIRED!  It was in a hermetically sealed container, you could hear the little gasp as I peeled it open.


I can still remember the day I sold my 10 year old HP LaserJet IIp.  I had to replace the cartridge in that thing ONCE during it’s lifetime, it was the best personal printer you could ask for.  It never complained, it just. kept. working.

Now I’m afflicted with this cheap, blood-sucking, wallet-emptying, life-shortening multi-function device from HELL.  We hates it!

Is this what home printers are like, now?  Do they all stink of foul marketing gimmicks?  We’ve spent more on ink for this infernal contraption than it cost to buy the thing.  I hope it craps out completely.  Now.

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  • Teresa August 24, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Seriously I HATE printers with an unmitigated passion. HATE!!!! I was over at Instapundit the other day and they were talking about home laser printers. It might just be worth it. Ink jets have been trying to drive me insane for years.

    I also believe the “smash the printer” scene in Office Space is the reason the movie is so incredibly popular. We can all relate.

  • Frank September 6, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I got thoroughly disgusted by inkjet printers a while ago. I rarely need to print at all and I found myself spending upwards of $70 on replacement cartridges that would then dry up and become useless by the time I needed to print more than twice.

    I went with a dell color laser printer (3110 cn) a while ago now and despite the fact that my five year old daughter insists on burning through as much ink as possible by printing dozens of full color pages from her various websites I have yet to replace a cartridge. It will be more expensive when I do, but for the amount of printing I’m getting out of it I will be way ahead of the game.

    It’s not a great solution for printing photographs (that’s pretty much what inkjets are made for) but it prints just about everything else just wonderfully. Besides, with enough digital frames around, who needs to print anything? Let kodak.com make your picture books and stay sane at home by avoiding inkjets!

  • Mike September 10, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I appear to have good company when it comes to hating printers…


  • Janice October 8, 2010, 12:31 am

    Your story made my laugh. I know how frustrating printers can be. I work with Sharp and have been experimenting with all-in-one, or multifunction printers (MFP). I thought it was impossible to be satisfied with all of the functions. I am now using a Sharp MFP and I’m happy with it as a printer, copier and scanner. all in one printers

  • mike October 8, 2010, 2:45 am

    Right… commercial-grade MFPs are generally *very* nice. Now if they could only squeeze that technology down into a consumer price and size,I could be tempted!

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