Sunday, August 30, 2009

HP Counterfeit Ink

Just when I thought my HP Photosmart C7280 Printer could not be any more annoying, it has picked up a new "feature."

What were a few of the original annoying features?
  • Continuously running 6 different processes.
  • Throwing up a dialog box to every computer in the house when it is low on ink, out of paper, or even if it has been turned on.
  • Originally it had 'critical updates' 2-3 times a week it needed to download. I figured out how to turn that off thankfully.
  • 1/2 the computers in the house cause a blank sheet to print between each actual page we want printed.
The 'new' feature: accusing me of using counterfeit ink. It is already a waste when studies have shown printers to report cartridges empty long before they actually are. But now I can't use my nearly full cartridge after only a month, because printer is suddenly convinced it is not a 'real' HP cartridge. At first it kept giving me nasty messages about voiding my warranty. Now it just refuses to use it at all.

Bad Hewlett-Packard.