May 17, 2012

So frustrated

print failure

Everyone had the day off here. And what started as a day with potential for fun activities became a long, boring and frustrating day.  Because of (stubborn) me and a stupid printer!

It all started with little H. and me wanting to finally tackle the birthday party invitation issue. In no time we had the invitation ready on my laptop. We had a list ready with invitees. All that remained to be done was the printing. Only: the ink cartridge seemed to run low on yellow, and you need yellow in order to print green, don't you. Our invitation came out all purple and blue. Nothing wrong with that according to little H., but mommy is a perfectionist (sometimes) so she ran to the store to get a new color cartridge. Got home, installed it and... And nothing! The printer refused to print, except for a test page which clearly showed the presence of yellow now. I should have stopped here. We could still print with the old cartridge, couldn't we?! But no, I wanted to fix the problem. I checked settings, configurations, tried to find solutions online... And time flew by. I ran to the store again thinking that replacing the black cartridge as well, would do the trick. It only got worse: even the test page wouldn't come out now. I'll spare you the details of a long investigation, but it turns out that print cartridges for this particular brand of printer have a regional code (besides their expiration date - hence the absence of yellow!). And since we bought the printer in the US a long time ago (it never got used until now - long story!) and replaced the American expired but brand new cartridges with same brand cartridges meant for the European market, we have a compatibility problem.  Obviously, the warranty has expired as well. I do hope the help desk will contact me with a solution, though, but to be honest I doubt it...

Regional codes, seriously?!
Such a waste of precious and much needed family time...

And I felt bad about it all night.

9 comments:

Seaweed and Raine said...

Technology is great untill it won't do what you want it to. I still don't understand the need for regional codes...
Hope your weekend is better.
:)

Petra said...

Don't feel bad, make up for it tomorrow.

"S" and family said...

I've had a day like this today, too. I feel for you!

Sue Schlabach said...

Can I send you cartridges from the states? Say the word... I've been there with printing mayhem a few too many times! Warmly, Sue

blue moss said...

Ohhh so frustrating. Regional code? The last time I changed my cartridges, a similar thing happened....but I started messing with the settings. Now everything is pink....and im not sure we will ever recover.
Thanks for the sweet wishes for Madeline. She really was a tiny girl just yesterday...
All the best
Michelle

Nina said...

Argh, how maddening. I've wasted many hours with maladjusted printers too. And obviously the companies do things like regional coding to make things more difficult and expensive - there can't be any good reason for it, can there?

nicole/brussels said...

spijtig voor jou meisje, ik denk aan mijn TV avontuur deze week en hoe slecht ik me voelde, daarbij was het een grijze dag (il pleuvait des cordes, nog iets bij geleerd)en dan zit de dépri time dichtbij!

heleen said...

Doet me aan mijn Epson denken. Deed het maanden prima op goedkope merkloze cartridges en bleek die toen opeens niet meer te herkennen (ontdekte ik na een dagenlange, gefrustreerde zoektocht). Dat haat ik echt en ik install vanaf nu geen updates meer voor mijn printer!!

Lieve said...

I know the feeling. Don't wurry it will pass and next week it will become a family joke.

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