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Test Printer Without Cartridge


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I have access to several used printers, and want to test them. However, I do not want to buy ink cartridges for them just to find out they don't work. Is there a way I can find out if the printer is functional without having a cartridge?

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You won't know the printer works unless it actually prints some thing. I mean, you can send it the job, and see if it tries to print, or even trick it in to thinking it has ink to print, but the head may be faulty, so unless there is ink to testing it with... you won't know for sure.

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Printers won't even allow you to print without cartridges, they will simply display an error saying "Please insert/replace cartridge" or a red/orange light will light up indicating something is not right with the printer.

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The functionality of 'won't print when cartridges are empty' is often driver based. Using the 'incorrect' driver can some times result in printing with what ever is installed.

Or another way to test the printer would be installing empty cartridges. It won't print anything but will test the printer physically.

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