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There are three main types of printers that exist.

  1. Inkjet printers
  2. Laser printers
  3. All-in-one printers/ Multi-functional printers.

Your printer can be superb but still come across problems that will require resetting it. These problems can be anything from the network connection to paper feed error. Resetting the printer is usually the last option, that is adopted when nothing works. Sometimes, it is the only option.

Resetting options in every printer are different. Sometimes it’s as easy as clicking a button, but sometimes you have to spend hours figuring out how to do it.

If your printer is not working well and you think the only way to save it is to reset it, we have listed some common questions and their answers below to help you reset the printer without spending a lot of time on it.

How to Reset Your Hp Printer?

If you are having problems with the connectivity of your printer or there are issues regarding the cartridges not being able to read correctly, your printer could use a Hard reset. To do so, you first need to power off your printer. Next, unplug your printer’s power cable from the wall. Now, after a few minutes, connect the cable back to the socket and power it back on.

Please wait until the cartridges take their place in the centre and then try printing again. If the problem persists, you should consider resetting your printer to the factory or default settings. Usually, your printer will have the option of restoring factory/default settings in the ‘tools’ icon of the settings menu. You can look it up in your printer’s user guide for instructions specific to your printer’s model and brand.

How to Reset My Wireless Printer?

Wireless HP printers may show up errors and problems from time to time. The easiest way to solve these issues is to reset your printer to factory mode. This would resolve the issues relating to ink cartridges, software and printing. To start, disconnect your printer’s power cable from both the printer and the wall socket while the printer is turned on.

Note that this can not be done when your printer is offline. If there’s a USB cable, remove that as well. Now you have to wait for around 3 minutes and then press and hold the power button of your printer for around 30 seconds. Next, plug the power cord back into the wall socket and the printer and power on your printer. Now, wait until the warm-up process completes. You can now reinstall the printer software, in this case, using HP auto wireless connect feature. The setup should be done in under 2 hours.

Is There a Reset Button on Ink Cartridges?

In most models of ink cartridges, reset buttons exist. Here we will give you an example of Epson ink cartridges where the reset button is located right above the contacts that are in the centre.

For these, you can press the button using the edge of a paperclip or something similar in size that is sharp. After pressing those buttons, your cartridge will be reset, and you can insert them back into the printer. The printer will accept it as a new one. However, HP ink cartridges mostly do not have reset buttons; other brands do offer this feature often.

How to Override Hp Ink Cartridge Error?

If there is a problem with your printer in recognizing a toner cartridge or replacement ink cartridge, then here is the solution. When the printer says ‘ ink cartridge was not detected’, ‘toner is not compatible’, ‘HP cartridges locked’ or ‘no cartridge installed’, then you can follow the instructions ahead.

First, remove the cartridge which is unrecognized and replace it with an older one. Now leave the printer running for say 10 minutes.

Next, replace the old cartridge back with the new one and restart your machine. If it still does not work, then you may need to clean the cartridge. Some newer models of HP laser printers do not allow non-original HP toners to be inserted in the printer if this setting is turned on in them which usually is automatically turned on.

To switch this setting off, you need to open the printer menu and go to the security section where you can turn it off. This should work if the previous method does not.

What Are the Best Printer Brands?

You’ve taken a decision on the type of printer and quality specifications you need. Now, you need to know about what brand will promise to provide you with a printer that works well over the years even after the warranty. Well, below we have listed the 3 top printer brands that you should consider before making your purchase.

  • Hewlett Packard(HP) printers
    This company has been long known for its leading quality printers; in fact, they expanded on the base of their printers to be able to generate goods for the computing industry. 4 out of the top 10 printer models belong to HP company according to the ‘editor’s top picks’ for printers. If this isn’t promising enough, their ink cartridges and toner cartridges outperform other brands as they tend last longer than what most brands have to offer. Generally, they tend to be less problematic than other brands.
  • Canon printers
    This company is also well-known for its printers, but they are generally ranked lower than the HP ones in most niches of their products. They also manufacture photo printers and High-end laser printers. While their all-rounder printers generally tend to be a bit problematic in the long run. Their Paxima model appears in the last of top 10 printer models but far down in the rank, i.e. 7th position onwards.
  • Epson Printers
    This brand gains praise in the business field since their printers tend to give the output in a decent quality and relatively faster with a fair price range. However, it is advisable to get extended warranty on their printers since they do have problems with print heads and also seem to crash without warning.
  • How to bypass HP instant ink?
    If you have an HP instant ink account and you don’t want to use it for an extended period of time since the charges would be wasted, then you have to cancel its service and re-enrol whenever you wish to use it again. Once you cancel your account, the free promotional months are forfeit even after you re-enrol. Your HP printers can still run without instant ink cartridges (full set).
  • How to delete your HP printer memory?
    Just like when resetting the printer, Disconnect your printer power cable from the wall socket. Once it is unplugged, press the keys ‘#’ and ‘9’ on the printer together and hold them down. While you are holding the keys, ask someone to plug the printer power cable back on and keep holding the keys for another 5 seconds and then release. After that, power on the printer and the memory should be deleted.
  • HP printers error codes
    There are several error codes which you can type in at the HP website, or some other links on google and they will show you the solutions relevant to your printer errors. The list of error codes is available on HP and their partners’ websites which you can browse easily online.


With all the information above, we are sure you can easily make a reliable purchase. However, if we were to elect one printer, the all-rounder HP printers are best suitable if you’re looking to buy one for your home or office. They create little to no problems and also contain a warranty to give you quality service guaranteed over the years.


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