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Welcome to our printer help blog where you can find answers to some of your questions regarding printers and printer consumables. If you have questions you would like us to address please email us and we will endeavour to provide answers for you on this page.

The articles on this blog are to do with the most common problems people have with printers and their associated cartridges. Often problems with printers can be solved easily by contacting our office and our qualified staff who have been in the printer industry for many years are very likely to have the solution.


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Reset Epson Waste Ink Counter

Has your Epson Printer stopped printing due to the Ink Waste Pad being full? This is a common problem and the only solution is to reset the Ink Waste Pad Counter. It's a messy job however it will save you at least $100 if you do it yourself.

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The Most Common Cause of Printer Failure

Having recently received a couple of calls from long term customers about print head failure on Canon Printers I noticed a common issue which was the cause of this.Having used Canon Inkjet printers in our office over the past 7 years and finding them rock solid and NEVER giving print head trouble I thought I'd share the secret to print head longevity.

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Save on Printer Ink by Leaving the Power On

Did you know that by turning off the power to your printer at the wall it is actually costing you money? Electricity costs have soared in the past few years and we are all trying to save money however sometimes if were not careful it can backfire on us. 

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Brother Low Toner Warning Fix

You've just replaced the toner in your Brother HL2130, HL2240 or HL2250 Printer and the printer is still giving you the "Low Toner" message. The fix is really quite simple, you simply need to follow the instructions below. Watching the video may also help (especially if you can speak in French !) 

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Inkjet Printer Maintenance

Inkjet Printers are such a handy item to have around the home or office, that is untill they start to play up. The following tips will help you to keep your inkjet printer in tip top shape ! 

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Canon Wrong Cartridge Error Fix

Is your Canon printer giving you the dreaded "Wrong Cartridge" error message when you try to print? This is not an Ink Cartridge issue but is caused by the actual print head itself. It is a known problem with many of the older Canon printers such as the MP780 and the MP730 models. 

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Canon B200 Error

The dreaded B200 Error on your Canon Printer usually indicates that the print head has died! Before you go trashing the printer or buying a new one try some of the following suggestions.

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How to reduce your printing costs

If you are serious about cutting your printing costs then the following tips can help you do just that ! If you do a lot of printing you will find that by using some or all of the following techniques you may reduce your printing costs by up to 50%

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U053 error Canon Printer

While installing a replacement ink cartridge the error message U053 appears on your screen. This is a common error message for Canon printers and it is associated with the print head having problems detecting 1 or more ink cartridges. 

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Canon Pixma MP780 Wrong Cartridge

The Canon Pixma MP780 is now quite an old printer. Over the years the print head slowly accumulates dried ink internally which sometimes can lead to the "Wrong Cartridge" message appearing on the menu screen. Here's what you can do to get rid of the error message. 

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Printing with invisible ink

Hey kids, if youre getting bored during the Christmas Holidays why not try doing the James Bond undercover agent thing and send "secret messages" to your friends. There's a few ways to do this but the quickest and easiest way is to use Lemon Juice. Grab a lemon out of the fruit bowl, squeeze it into a small bowl, grab a cotton bud or small paint brush and start writing. 

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Printer Ink Prices - The Real Truth

Once again the cost of Printer Ink has hit the newspapers. Genuine ink being quoted at $3000 per litre, cartridges being quoted in millilitres rather than page yield and on and on it goes. Theres so many opinions floating around out there and many of the people writing these articles only know a small part of the story ! 

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Cleaning a Brother Print Head

To clean the Print Head on your Brother printer simply click on the image to the left and follow the procedure. If you have tried the cleaning process 4 to 5 times and the print quality still hasnt improved then you may have to look at replacing the ink cartridge or using a print head cleaning kit. 

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3D Printers for under $1000

 Have you ever seen a 3D Printer in action? These things are amazing considering that you can buy them for under $1000. This makes the 3D printer affordable even for the average home user. Just think, no more racing down the shop to buy a replacement part for an appliance simply whack the broken piece in the printer and make another one.

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Australia's Top 10 Most Economical Printers

If youre looking to purchase a new printer for your home or small business here are the top 10 most economical printers currently for sale in Australia! (Note: this is based on using Ink Hub's compatible cartridges!)

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Compatible Ink Cartridges and their advantages

The obvious advantage of a compatible ink cartridge is the low price however there are more. One of the greatest advantages is that a pigment or dye based ink dries almost immediately. On the other hand a genuine oil based ink is quite slow drying.

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Printing without Ink

Are Ink Cartridgess soon to become a thing of the past? Technology is flying along in leaps and bounds and even back as far as 2007 the technology to print without ink or toner was around. This was achieved by impregnating paper with "dye crystals" which were activated to produce various colours by the application of heat. As long as the printer applied the heat in the correct manner via complex firmware the paper would produce life like pictures similar to those of the modern inkjet printer.

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Low toner warning after replacing Brother Toner

So your Brother Laser Printer is giving you the "Low Toner" warning. Many people find this annoying and so they decide to replace the toner at this stage. So you remove the old toner and insert the new one only to find out after printing a few pages that the "Low Toner" warning re-appears! This is a common problem and is the same with most Brother Inkjet Printers also. What you need to do is to use the toner completely before you replace it.

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Why printers use so much ink

Ever wonder why your inkjet printer uses a lot of ink? The reason behind this is due to the design of the print head. The print head is the small electronic device which spits the ink onto the paper after it has gone out of the ink cartridgess. In other words the actual part of the printer which flies back and forth over the paper and applies the ink to the paper.

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Buying a Printer for Home Use
Buying a Printer can be quite a frustrating task if you are not a PC Guru or have some idea of what you are buying. Many of the modern printers look so enticing with so many buttons, pretty lights and such Low price tags. Unfortunately the joy ends when the ink runs out and you discover that a new set of cartridges is more expensive that what the printer cost you.

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Brother mfc-j430w ink cartridges
Looking for Brother Ink Cartridges for the new Brother mfc-j430 printer? Ink Hub has the Brother LC40 compatibles available for only $30.50 for the full set! These are the High Yield cartridges which print 2400 pages (black) and 1500 pages (colour). Ink Hub guarantees these cartridges to be the SAME print quality and yield as the genuine cartridges at a fraction of the cost. If youre not 100% happy with the results we'll refund your money in full including shipping costs.

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Unclogging an Epson Printhead

Epson Printers are renowned for clogging the printhead. This happens regardless of the type of ink cartridges used and can just as easily occur with genuine or compatible printer ink. The Epson printhead cannot be removed which makes cleaning an even more difficult task. Although it sounds odd "Windex" (window cleaner) can actually be used to break down the dried ink which remains inside of the printhead.

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"No Cartridge" message on Brother Printers
Why does my Brother printer's LCD show "NO CARTRIDGE" even though I have already installed all the ink cartridges? Check that the ink cartridges are installed properly and reinstall the ink cartridges following the procedures in this article.

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Cleaning a Canon Print Head
Cleaning the Print Head on a Canon Printer is quite an easy task. Most of the Canon Printers have a 'removable Print Head' as seen in the video below. Simply remove your cartridges and then unclip the print head as shown in the video below. Next simply flush the print head out under your hot water tap.Don't pay too much attention to the guy in the video as its mainly there to demonstrate how the print head is removed. Hold the print head upright (same as it sits in the printer) and let the hot water pour into the head until you see the old ink flowing out the bottom of the print head. Keep the water flowing until the water coming out the bottom is completely clean.

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Drum near end of life

 Have you ever replaced a Brother Drum Unit and it still gives you the message "Drum is near end of life" ? As with many of the older Brother printers they can sometimes be quite stubborn in detecting a new replacement drum or cartridge being installed. If you are having these issues read this article to find the solution ! 


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