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Lexmark 100XL Installation Instructions

10. January 2011 06:00 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, installation of ink, lexmark, 100xl  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
If you are installing a Lexmark 100XL Ink Cartridge, these installation instructions may assist you in the process.

Lexmark Firmware update - Don't do it

6. January 2011 06:00 by Danielle Bernhard in firmware, OEM, compatible ink, lexmark, driver, 100xl  //  Tags:   //   Comments (38)
Recently Lexmark developed a new firmware and uploaded this new firmware on their website. Lexmark has been asking customers to download their new firmware and install it on their computer. Their new firmware has been tested and unfortunately it looks like the intention of the new firmware is to prevent customers from using compatible Lexmark 100xl inkjet cartridges.  We suggest that you do not download and install new firmware from Lexmark's website unless you want to be restricted to the higher priced OEM cartridges. If you already downloaded and installed the new Lexmark firmware and I trying to use compatible ink cartridges, you should remove all Lexmark firmware and reinstall the previous version of your software from the original CD that came with your printer.

Compatible ink cartridge manufacturers are working feverishly on new chips now, and they will be available at Clickinks as soon as made available.

Clickinks compatible 100XL ink cartridges start at $7.95 and OEMs start at $23.95.

Some of the printer models affected include:

Lexmark Impact S300
Lexmark S305

Lexmark Impact S305
Lexmark Pro 805
Lexmark Prestige PRO 805
Lexmark Pro 205
Lexmark Prospect PRO 205
Lexmark Pro 705
Lexmark Prevail PRO 705
Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901
Lexmark Pro 905
Lexmark Platinum PRO 905
Lexmark S301
Lexmark S405
Lexmark Interpret S405
Lexmark S505
Lexmark Institution S505
Lexmark S605
Lexmark Interact S605

*UPDATE: In an effort to keep up with the newest Lexmark firmware, now has a new version of the 100xl cartridge that will work even if you have updated.  Keep in mind that other suppliers may not yet have the latest micro chips. 

Name Your Printer - Winner Announcement

What printer model do you use?  Clickinks asked, and our customers answered.  There are a lot of new and old Epson Stylus inkjet printers out there, as well as numerous HP printers.  Canon, Kodak, Lexmark and Brother Multifunctions showed up, too.  Kodak owners seem to like their printer for the great pictures and Brother owners seem to like their printers for everything else.  And by quick observation, dude no one got a Dell.   

We offered 1 lucky winner from Clickinks Facebook and Clickinks Twitter fan pages replacement ink for their printer, and are so excited to announce the winners.

Jewel Nickolisen of Nebraska will receive her Epson Stylus CX6600 ink and David O'Mara of Idaho will receive ink for his Epson Stylus CX8400.

Thanks for playing, and follow along for more great chances to win your ink!

Printing At A Distance? No Problem With Paintball Printer

5. May 2010 12:31 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, hp, ink experts, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Here at we always strive to anticipate your every printing need. Whether it's laser or inkjet printers, we offer high quality cartridges at low prices. However, if like German designers Martin Fussenegger, Michael Sebastian Haas and Julian Adenauer, you're looking to buy ink cartridges for a printer that shoots ink up to 40ft at 100mph, you're probably best off calling our Ink Experts directly. It's not a cartridge type you'll find widely available.

The German design team's novel printer – named the Facadeprinter – creates large-scale works of graffiti by shooting paintballs onto hard surfaces. This differs somewhat from everyday printers: they work by spraying thousands of colored droplets onto paper. Yet like other printers, the Facadeprinter creates both text and complex images. Perhaps the only major difference is that, instead of printing onto letter or legal size paper, the German invention prints onto 100ft concrete walls. Even the touchscreen controls built into recent Lexmark and HP releases can be found on the German device.

The Facadeprinter is not currently available for purchase (though you can hire the designers for custom facadeprints).  Until it is available though, you can trust to supply the widest range of quality ink cartridges for your existing printer.

Looking For A New Printer? Consider The Lexmark Pinnacle

22. March 2010 09:27 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, new printer, cheap ink, printer buying, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
People looking to upgrade their printer may find the Lexmark Pinnacle an excellent choice. The printer made waves when Lexmark revealed its ink cartridges cost only $4.99 while printing five hundred pages. In addition, Lexmark offer one of the industry’s longest warranties for the printer: five years. Also, the printer boasts the unique SmartSolutions interface. This enables people to complete any function with a single touch – great for productivity.

Now the Lexmark Pinnacle has received industry recognition for these great features. Last week the printer was awarded a 2010 Hot Tech Demo Award at the Fifth Annual Small Business Summit. The Lexmark Pinnacle was one of only 6 products to be recognized. Editor of Ramon Ray commented: “It’s refreshing to see Lexmark’s Pinnacle – a real AIO tool with Web solutions that add a much-desired layer of simplicity to business processes."

The Pinnacle might therefore be in the front running when you upgrade your printer!

Does Your City Government Encourage Ink Recycling?

Recently the Myrtle Beach Chamber Of Commerce in South Carolina announced a venture with local company Fisher Recycling. Together they will encourage ‘green’ policies among businesses in Myrtle Beach. Fisher Recycling will audit waste and provide recycling bins for materials including glass, aluminium and plastic. Of course, this latter category includes ink cartridges.

Individuals can opt into Fisher Recycling’s curbside collection route. The initiative will reduce the waste that goes to landfill, and is convenient for people seeking to dispose of waste responsibly. This includes people concerned with the environmental impact of printing.

Hence it is worth asking: Has your city started a similar initiative? If so it is worth exploiting! If not – perhaps it is worth asking why not!

If you fall into the second category, there are other ways to recycle ink cartridges. Staples reportedly pays $3 for every cartridge received. In addition, brands like Canon run recycling programs, free to their customers. These are listed below:

Scan Documents Straight To Evernote From Your Lexmark Printer

26. February 2010 13:06 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, scanning, printer purchase, iphone, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Lexmark has released a fantastic new application for their SmartSolution printers, enabling users to scan documents straight onto the storage website Evernote – without a computer.

The application is designed for 3 wireless Lexmark printers – the Interact, Prestige and Platinum. Straight from paper, documents and images are uploaded to the user’s Evernote account through the web-connected printer, simply with the press of a button.

For those that haven’t heard, Evernote is a storage service for users to capture and retain information through a range of devices. Stored data then remains available through anything connected to the internet.

Previously Evernote was accessible through devices including the iPhone. Lexmark’s application though is the first available for a printer.

For the SmartSolution printers meanwhile, the Evernote app is one of many available. Programs for MSNBC headlines and Google Calendar – alongside 18 others – come packaged with the wireless Lexmarks.

The Evernote app is available to download from Lexmark’s SmartSolution’s website.

Ben Parr, ‘Evernote Integrates With Lexmark Printers To Sync Your Scans,’

Packaged Printer Ink may be held to Labeling Standards

25. January 2010 13:16 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, Weights and Measures, print news, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (2)
There has been much discussion lately regarding the cost of ink. As manufacturers lower their price on printers, they in turn raise the prices on cartridges that allow you to continue printing. If only you could compare how much ink is contained in a cartridge prior to purchase.

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) 95th Interim Meeting is being held January 24 - 27, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The NCWM is an organization of weights and measures officials of the states, counties and cities of the United States, federal agencies and private sector representatives. These meetings bring together government officials and representatives of business, industry, trade associations, and consumer organizations on subjects related to the field of weights and measures technology, administration and enforcement. NIST participates to promote uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprise the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and other trade and commerce issues.

One of the significant agenda items that will be considered is the Method of Sale of Commodities Regulation, including Packaged Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges. The NCWM Laws and Regulations Committee (L&R Committee) will discuss a proposed method of ink sales that would clarify the labeling requirements for packaged inkjet and toner cartridges to ensure that consumers are informed about the net quantity of contents of these products so that value comparisons can be made.

One recent consumer advocate study estimated that consumers could save billions of dollars a year if they were armed with full information about how much it would cost to operate various printers. The American Consumer Institute, in a study in late 2008, said that consumers were being lured into a bad deal by buying the lower cost printers and then overpaying an estimated $6 billion per year for Original Manufacturers ink cartridges. The push for more exact information, including a "liquid measure" has finally gotten enough attention to urge this meeting between NCWM regulators and manufacturers over how the cartridges are to be labelled.

An attorney for Lexmark argues that ink use varies due to print quality chosen, and that the cost of the ink is only a small part of the cartridge, a sophisticated micro-machine, and its related cost and therefore disclosing ink volumes would actually be misleading to consumers. NCWM is told to expect a fight from such manufacturers accustomed to being exempt from labelling laws.

Many ink and toner manufacturers and retailers, such as, do self regulate, providing customers with an average page yield like shown below. If you are purchasing a new printer it is highly recommended that you do some research to find page yield per cartridge on your own, at least until all manufacturers are required to follow suit, labelling printer ink and toner cartridges with such measurements.

Ink Plot

14. January 2010 12:09 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink plot, remanufactured, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I don't know if you've heard of Lexmarks shrill attempts to kill the remanufactured ink market - but they include suing their own customers. It is with this in mind that I have written this bit of fiction.

Part II to follow...Enjoy!

The security guard found the footfall of the Expert reassuring. His soles pressed the linoleum as though the tiles were something to be owned: each step were as a grandfather clock striking the hour. Bong – the glass door has closed behind the Expert. Bong – he was at the reception, removing his sunglasses as he faced the guard.

“Thank goodness you’re here,” the guard said. “We wouldn’t have called, but it’s an emergency –“

“Not to worry,” the Expert said. He wiped the lenses of his sunglasses upon his lapel. He raised them to the sun and narrowed his eyes. Were they satisfactorily clean? Most certainly. He propped the sunglasses upon his nose. “What exactly is the problem?”

“Well –“ the guard hesitated and closed his mouth. He resembled a goldfish that finds itself on the wrong side of the tank, caught in the hungry embrace of the family cat.

For a moment it seemed that the will to live would fail him entirely, but then he breathed deeply. He pointed to the door marked ‘Security’ and said “It would be easier to show you.”

“Let’s go.”

He and the Expert soon faced a blank monitor. The arms of the Expert were folded: the two limbs put a steel-reinforced concrete wall between him and whatever the guard would show him. He wore a grimace in anticipation.

“You’re ready?”

And when the Expert nodded, a button’s press brought the screen to life. It showed a still image – security footage of the printer room. It was like any company’s printer room.

The guard ringed a printer in the corner of the screen with his finger.

“Watch this,” he said and, though he still wore the expression of an asphyxiated fish, he sounded like a child in the early hours, following a visit from Father Christmas.

Another press, and the video began. The hum of a VHS tape playing fell into the silence. At first the printer room was still, but then an obese man in overalls heaved through the door. He swaggered – not because he seemed self-assured but because his bulk compelled him.

The sound of struggle up three flights of stairs piped through the monitor’s speakers. The man pressed the door shut with what might once have been hips, turning his back so it faced the camera. The word ‘Janitor’ could be read on his overalls.

Then he faced the printer the guard had ringed.

“Here,” the guard said.

From the pocket of his overalls the janitor took an ink cartridge. He lifted the hood of the printer.

“What brand is that?” the Expert asked.

“Lexmark,” the guard said. “And we understand that he’s not holding an official cartridge.

“That can’t be good,” the Expert mused. He pressed his arms more tightly against his chest, adding another layer of concrete between himself and the events of screen. Then he was quiet.

The janitor had removed the exhausted cartridge, splattering his hands in the process. He wiped the ink against his overalls, and his groan became a hacking cough that ended in the excavation of phlegm from his throat. “Hrergh” he said warmly. The empty cartridge stood on the table: there could be no doubt it was a Lexmark product.

“Hrergh,” the janitor repeated, and the monitor’s speakers vibrated. His breathing had slowed but he continued to inhale with gusto – his audience couldn’t miss a thing. Satisfied that the transfer of ink from his fingertips to his clothes was complete, the janitor reached his hand into the Lexmark to insert the new cartridge. He fiddled until he heard the all-important click – the cartridge was installed.

As though the force of gravity had then increased a hundred fold, the printer’s hood came down. The janitor yanked his arm away, only to discover his hand was gone.

It was still in the Lexmark.

He stared at the printer. The plastic was a benign grey, and the touch screen electric blue. The machine’s hum brought to mind the song of a man with a clean conscience.

He fainted. The tape ended.

The Expert nodded. “I see why it’s best that you showed me,” he said.

“We’re thinking of putting it on YouTube,” the guard said. “Our marketing people think it might go viral.”

“Okay. So why am I here?”

“Isn’t it obvious? It’s these ridiculous ink cartridge controls Lexmark have in place. They charge so much for their official cartridges – and it doesn’t make sense to pay what they’re asking when there are great quality compatibles for a lower price.”

“I see, I see. So you want me to…?”

“Yes,” the guard said. He pressed a button and the monitor was dead again. For a moment the image of the felled janitor was an echo against the black; then it was gone. “You must challenge the Lexmark. Conquer the in-built cartridge controls so we don’t have to hire a new janitor every time we use a compatible. Can you do this?”

The Expert spoke with the assurance of a man safe from bombs inside his steel bunker.

“Yes,” he said. “Let’s do it.”

Judge Rules against Lexmark in Court Case

1. December 2009 13:28 by Danielle Bernhard in print news, OEM, compatible ink, remanufactured, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Print News: Judge Rules on Lexmark Remanufactured Ink Court Case

Recently a seven year court battle between Lexmark and a North Carolina-based company that enables compatible ink cartridges reached its final ruling. In December 2002, Lexmark sued Static Control Components for infringing on a computer program contained in its ink cartridges that made the printer inoperable, if it were found to be operating through ink cartridges refilled by companies other than Lexmark itself. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled that their circumvention of Lexmark’s chip does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, meaning that the manufacturer may continue its activities.

The case originated in part because of the Lexmark Return Program: an initiative where consumers who sent their emptied cartridges, like the Lexmark 28A, back to Lexmark, instead of third-party businesses, received a substantial discount on future purchases. Supplementing this program with consumers, Lexmark programmed their ink cartridges to become inoperable if the ink cartridge refill occurred outside Lexmark’s premises. The program undercut the remanufacturing industry, which depends on empty cartridges, and resulted in fewer Lexmark cartridges getting recycled.

Static Control Components, a business that doesn’t itself sell compatible ink cartridges, but makes microchips for the remanufacturing industry, responded to Lexmark with the production of a ‘Smartek’ program that nullifies Lexmark’s restrictions. The chip included its own version of Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’. The company began shipping its microchip in 2002.

Lexmark’s lawsuit against the company was filed on the premise that the North Carolina-company had copied its ‘Toner Loading Program,’ and had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Introduced in May 2001, this legislation was meant to protect the intellectual property of persons creating in a primarily digital medium. It is notable that Lexmark could not sue them for countermanding an initiative designed to undercut its competitors in the remanufacturing circuit, since this would violate competition laws. Lexmark’s attempts to prevent compatible ink cartridges from being produced through another manufacturers chip amounts to the same thing.

After a prolonged court battle extending not only from the Federal Court of Kentucky but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, it has now been ruled that Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’ does not amount to copyright-able property. Rather, the DMCA was meant to protect creative expression in film and music mediums and cannot be easily applied to a computer program or printer cartridge. Today’s decision amounts to a victory for the remanufacturing industry, which has enjoyed a contentious relationship with major brands while recycling ink cartridges.