Hewlett Packard C6180 All-In-One Printer Breakdown
I have had the Hewlett Packard C6180 All-In-One Printer for over four years and it is a bit old and this article is a bit late, but some of you maybe considering this as a used or refurbished unit. I won’t lie, this printer has extremely annoyed me over the years for one major reason which I will get into shortly. It is a good all-in-one printer, it has lasted me over four years and is still kicking. However, this will be my last HP Printer. This printer is easy to setup, but installing all of the software that comes with it is quite time consuming. It will scan, print photos, and fax which is always a plus.
You can connect it to your home network with either an Ethernet cable or through WIFI (802.11g). It has a slot for every memory card that you can think of for your digital cameras and a USB connector on the front for printing from an external hard drive, etc. The ink cartridges are of course a bit pricey, but they are easy to install. This brings me to my one problem with this printer and if you search the internet you will find many people complaining about this with all of HP’s printers. Printer ink is freakin’ expensive! HP’s printers all have a built in timer that will keep you from printing as soon as it thinks your ink is expired. After some fiddling with it, I have been able to bypass this feature. Keep reading to find out how.
Hewlett Packard C6180 All-In-One Printer – Expired Ink Bypass
Basically there is an internal timer in your printer that determines when your ink expires. Once this timer has deemed your ink expired you will no longer be able to print. If you have a HP printer, you know what I am talking about and are probably as annoyed as I am about it. Some may think that you can simply unplug the printer for a while, plug it back in, and clear this error. Well, that doesn’t work. The internal timer has a CMOS battery that keeps it ticking. I don’t work for HP, but in my opinion this is a marketing scam. If their printers are durable and long lasting, which they are, then the ink expiration deal is their way to keep taking your money by selling you expensive ink. It is fairly easy to bypass this though with a little effort. Of course you will need to keep going through this process every time your ink timer expires. Still it is better than throwing your half full cartridges away and replacing them with new one’s every so often.
Honestly I don’t care about this printer. I don’t mind breaking it, just so I can find a better deal, if there is one out there. I don’t know if using ink after expiration will do anything to the printer, but I am willing to find out. You may not want to try this and remember that if you have a warranty on your printer still, that this will certainly void it. Most of the parts that you will be removing are plastic and break easily so take your time. This is fairly easy and should take you anywhere from 3o – 60 minutes. If your printer has an ink expiration timer, then chances are it has a CMOS battery too. You just have to find it which isn’t that hard. Look at this front of this printer and you can see that there is more space and electronics on the right side. Also the paper try is centered to the left to make room for all of those electronics. That would be the side that you want to open up to look for your printer’s CMOS battery.
Of course you will need some special tools to complete this task. The printer doesn’t have normal screws, so you will need a star tip for your screwdriver and a pair of tweezers.
1. Here is the error screen. Let’s bypass this annoying feature.
2. First turn off the printer using the Power Button.
3. Wait until it shuts completely down before proceeding.
4. Now that your printer is turned off unplug the power, USB adapter, and any other cables you may have connected. We will be moving it around a lot.
5. In this photo I have labeled the three panels that we need to remove with red circles.
6. Turn your printer around, locate, and remove this screw. It is on the left side when you are looking at the back of your printer.
7. Next turn your printer around to the front and remove this screw. You will need to open the lid where the ink cartridges are located in order to get to it.
8. On the top above where all the memory slots are, remove this screw.
9. When you are removing the panels watch out for the plastic hooks at the bottom.
10. The small front panel needs to be removed first. Push the plastic hooks on the bottom up until they slide out as shown.
11. Once the bottom front panel is removed the memory card face just slips down and off. Be careful with the plastic tabs on the bottom. They are easy to break and as you can see, I broke one of mine.
12. The last panel is the same. This photo points out the plastic hooks. You will not need to push these up, but just be mindful that they are there.
13. Next you will need to gently pry the panel off and it will seem like something else is holding it on, but it is only the tab that I have pointed out below. You will need to push down on it as you pull on the panel.
14. First pry the front loose from where you removed the screw.
15. Push down on this tab as you apply pressure to the front and the back of the panel. You may need some help. I broke mine off and was able to reinstall the panel, so don’t worry about it too much.
16. Once the panel is removed you will be looking directly at the board that has the CMOS battery. Unfortunately the battery is on the back of the board.
17. On board in question you will need to remove the five screws that I have circled in red.
18. Once the five screws are removed, gently lift up on the board. Be gentle or you will damage all of the sensitive cables attached to the board.
19. Look on the back and there is the infamous CMOS Battery that has been raping our wallets.
20. With tweezers, remove the battery for 10 seconds.
21. After 10 seconds reinstall the battery ensuring that the positive end of the battery is up toward the clip. This process resets the ink expiration timer.
22. Now that the troublesome timer has been reset. Put all of the panels back on, plug your printer back in, and power it on. The ink expiration error message is now gone.