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  • 24 Mar 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hZ1r4T Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw A quick video showing how anyone can work out the page coverage of doccuments at home or at work to make sure they are getting the most from their cartridges.
  • 10 Mar 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hZ1r4T Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw This video relates to users getting the following messages: "The following ink cartridge may have run out: Black PG-40/PG-50 Colour/Color CL-41/CL-51 The function for detecting the remaining ink level will be disabled since the ink level cannot be correctly detected. If you want to continue printing without this function, press the printers Stop/Reset button for at least 5/five seconds. Canon recommends to use new genuine Canon cartridges in order to obtain optimum qualities. Please be advised that Canon shall not be liable for any malfunction or trouble caused by continuation of printing under the ink out condition." or "The following ink has run out: Black PG-510 or PG-512 Colour CL-511 or CL-513 Replace the ink cartridge and close the cover. If printing is in progress and you want to continue printing, press the printers RESUME button for at least 5 seconds with the ink cartridge installed. Then printing can continue under the ink out condition. The function for detecting the remaining ink will be disabled. Replace the empty cartridge after printing. The resulting quality is not satisfactory, if printing is continued under the ink out condition." ...and these printer Pixma MP240, MP260, MP480, MX330, MP270, MP490, MP250, MP492, MP272, IP2700, MX320, MX340, IP2702, MX350, MP495, MP280, IP1200, IP1600, IP2400, IP1300, IP1700, IP1800, IP2500, MP210, MP220, MP210, MP220, IP2600, MP140, MP140, MP470, IP1900, MP190, IP2200, MP150, MP170, MP450, MP150, MP170, MP450, MP460, MP460, MP160, MP180, MX300, MX310
  • 23 Feb 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hreVQQ Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw A quick video demonstrating how to use Orink un-chipped HP 364 compatible cartridges. Applicable to the following machines: - HP PhotoSmart B8550 Printer - HP Photosmart B8553 Printer - HP Photosmart C5380 Printer - HP Photosmart C5383 Printer - HP Photosmart C5390 Printer - HP Photosmart C6380 Printer - HP Photosmart D5460 Printer - HP Photosmart C6300 Printer - HP Photosmart D7560 Printer - HP Photosmart Premium C309a Printer - HP Photosmart Premium Fax Printer - HP Photosmart B109a Printer - HP Photosmart B109c Printer - HP Photosmart B109d Printer - HP Photosmart B109f Printer - HP PhotoSmart Plus B209a Printer - HP Photosmart B109n Printer - HP Photosmart Premium C309g Printer - HP Photosmart Premium C309 Printer - HP Photosmart Premium All-In-One Printer - HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309c Printer - HP Photosmart Premium C309n Printer - HP Photosmart Premium C309h Printer
  • 27 Jan 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hreVQQ Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw Today we are going to be taking a look at the BCL CD-360MV Dynamic Headset. This product is essentially a large set of padded headphones, with an adjustable microphone built in to the side and comes with a lengthy 2.2m cable and built in volume control. These units are typically priced around £6 meaning they fall firmly into the category of budget peripherals. These headsets come in black or pink and they look pretty nice. They are not particularly stylish but only the most egocentric of computer user will be ashamed to be seen wearing one. The build quality is also great and first impressions are that this unit will last many years if treated right. A flexible almost leather strap runs independently on the inside of the metal headband to avoid it digging in and as a result rest comfortably on your head. The padded ear cushions are covered in a soft leather and sit comfortably over your ears. I found that the headset had to be adjusted to its very maximum so the headphones would reach both of my ears at once though. Although I do have a generously sized head it is far from overly large so this product may be worth avoiding if you have the latter. The adjustable boom mic rotates easily and the long flexible neck means getting the perfect position for recording is easy. However it is positioned on the left ear piece and can only be rotated 130 degrees anti-clockwise so if for some reason you prefer your mic to run from the right ear you are out of luck. The audio quality through the headphones is excellent, even at high volume. I did notice a little distortion when listening to some music with heavy bass but it is far from noticeable to a casual listener. The quality of recording from the microphone also holds up well and is what I have been using for recording the past couple of videos on the Refresh YouTube channel. Whilst I am very happy with the headset I am currently using, it is actually the third unit I un-boxed. The first would only record my voice as a relative whisper through the microphone and the right earphone emitted no sound at all on the second one I tried. So with a 33% success rate I do not feel I can comfortably recommend this particular peripheral. It is a shame such a potentially great headset has been let down by an inconsistent manufacturing quality or sub-standard quality checking as it would have been a great purchase for anyone who needed one. If however you are willing to take the risk or don't mind getting the unit replaced if a problem should occur the BCL CD-360MV is certainly worth a try.
  • 19 Jan 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hreVQQ Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw A quick tutorial explaining how to clear the "Parts inside the printer have reached the end of their service life" message on your Epson printer. The process uses the "SSC Service Utility for Epson Printers" and applies to the following machines: Epson Stylus Color/Colour 400, 440, 480 LPT, 480SXU, 580SXU, 600, 640, 660, 670, 680, 777, 740, 760, 800, 850, 860, 880, 900, EM-900C, 980, 1160, 1520, 3000 Epson Stylus C20, C40, CL-750, C41, C42, C43, C44, C45, C46, C47, C48, C50, C60, C61, C62, C63, C64, C65, C66 and PE, C67, C68, D68 and PE, C70, C80, C82, C83, C84, C85, C86 and PE C87, C88, D88 and PE Epson Stylus Photo RX420, RX425, RX430, RX500, RX510, RX520, RX600, RX610, RX620, RX700 Epson Stylus CX3100, CX3200, CX3500, CX3600, CX3650, CX3700, CX3800, CX3810, DX3800, CX4500, CX4600, CX4100, CX4200, CX4700, CX4800, DX4200, DX4800, CX5100, CX5200, CX5300, CX5400, CX6400, CX6600, CX6300, CX650, CX7800 Epson PictureMate Epson Stylus Photo, Epson Stylus Photo EX, 700, IP-100, 750, PM-770C, 780, 790, PM-780C, 810, 820, 825, 915, 830, 830U, 870, PM-875DC, R200, R210, R220, R230, R300, R310, R320, R800, PX-G900, 1800, R2400, 890, PM-890C, PM-A700, PM-G720, PM-970C, 895, 785EPX, 900, 925, 935, 950, 960, PM-950C, 1200, PM-3000C, 1270, PM-3300C, 1280, PM-3500C, 1290, 2000P, 2100, 2200, PM-4000EPX Epson Stylus Pro 5000, PM-5000C Today we are going to give you a little bit of advice on what to do when your Epson printer gives you the infamous error "Parts inside the printer have reached the end of their service life". In essence this means your printer believes it has printed a sufficient amount of pages for the foamy ink pads inside the bottom of machine to have become saturated with ink. As such you are at risk of ink spilling over and damaging both your printer and the surrounding area. Epson don't really consider their machines serviceable and recommend you take them to a dedicated Epson service centre to have the counter reset and have the parts replaced. If you have the money or sufficient reason to hang onto the printer this is certainly the best course of action. However as many customer have pointed out to us over the years the cost of such a service is quite often more expensive than the purchase of another printer. If you find yourself in a situation where this applies and you either can't afford to get it services or have had sufficient use from the machine where you are ready to demote it to more mundane tasks and purchase a new printer I would like to suggest the following action to you to resolve the issue. Firstly head over to *******www.ssclg****/epsone.shtml and once there you can download a free piece of software that allows the resetting of the page counter allowing you to keep on printing. Whilst the software is not compatible with all Epson printers a large number of printers are supported so please check to see if you can use this free download with your model of printer. If not please don't give up as many other people have developed similar software for the very same purpose, we advise popping onto eBay and searching for some software that will work for you. Assuming however your printer is listed take a moment to look over the user agreement and hit download. Even though the site lists no operating systems released later than XP I am happy to confirm I have been using this software with Windows 7 without issue. Once downloaded the installation takes seconds and will launch automatically. The first port of call is to go to the "Configuration" tab and select your specific model from the drop down box. Then hit the X in the top right to reduce the software to your system tray. This done right click the SSC icon (a printer surrounded by cyan, magenta and yellow) and go to "Protection Counter" before clicking "Reset Protection Counter" when it appears. You will then get a dialogue box asking you if the ink pads have been replaced. It is important to realise that resetting the counter won't really resolve anything and you will still have a certain amount of ink in these pads and some action should be taken. From here you have two choices... 1. Use the search engine of your choice to locate instructions on how to replace/clean the pads yourself (Recommended) 2. Open up the printer and locate the exposed parts of the sponge. Then get a few sheets of kitchen towel or any other absorbent, non-fibrous tissue and dab back and forth on the pad until no more ink gets absorbed. If you have chosen to clean rather than replace the pads we strongly advise keeping an eye upon the pads to ensure ink isn't spilling out into the printer to avoid unnecessary damage to your printer and possessions. With this done please indicate to the software the pads have been changed and you should get confirmation the counter has been reset.
  • 21 Mar 2011
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*******www.refreshcartridges****** Facebook - *******on.fb.me/hreVQQ Twitter - *******bit.ly/gtJNlw Today we are going to be looking at the TP-Link USB Cradle (UC100). This device is designed to simply extend the range of a single USB port on your computer upto 1.5mtr. The design of this product is typical of TP-Links stuff and is very elegant and minimalist , as is the installation. No drivers or technical knowledge is required at all, simply plug it in any USB port and your ready to go straight away. The product itself should be compatible with any system that uses USB as it is effectively a USB extension cable. The key difference being the female end stands upright and has a couple of extra features. All of the USB devices I tried fit nicely and I can't think of any that wouldn't and the female end protrudes nicely from the base meaning it shouldn't conflict with anything near by or the base itself. It is however a different story for the cap holder as this fits completely flush with the base and if the cap of your USB device is recessed at all it means it will not reach the cap holder . This would have been ever so easy to solve if the cap holder had been made a little longer to compensate for such caps. I think this is a shame as this would have been a useful feature. The bottom of the USB cable has a felt like surface which means it can slide around on your desk. This is handy if you are frequently changing devices, but means you have to hold the cradle down to the desk whenever you need to remove something. I know suction cups are not for everyone, but it would have been nice if an optional removable one was included. In conclusion this is a nice functional device that moves an existing USB port literally to your finger tips. Whilst it doesn't have any extra features like additional USB ports and it does have a couple of minor design flaws, if you have need of such a accessory it is certainly recommendable.
  • 8 Jan 2011
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