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Can You Reuse Old Chips on New Toner Cartridges?

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Answer: Sometimes, yes!

A while back, the compatible HP CF289A and CF258X did not come with working chips. These compatible toner cartridges would not work when installed in a printer unless the old chip from the previously-used toner was placed on the new compatible toner cartridge. Reusing chips from previous toners often works to get the printer to accept and use the new, full toner, but it will not reset any page count. That means, the printer may keep telling you the toner cartridge is empty when it’s not. You simply must keep using the toner until it appears to be empty. Now, this doesn’t work for every type of toner chip, but it does work for a few. It’s worth a try if you need a chip to make your toner cartridge work.

The process itself is very simple: use a pair of tweezers to slide the old chip out of it’s slot and then position it in the same location on the new cartridge. That’s it!

Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to do this.

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