HP Officejet Pro 8000 – Refills? 940XL Cartridge doesn’t fit?

Ever had problems changing the printer cartridges on your Printer.

Don’t worry, so do I.

A quick lesson for users of the HP Officejet Pro 8000 follows…

This morning, I opened the top of my HP Officejet Pro 8000 to expose the printer cartridges (or so I thought).  After thinking I had the wrong REFILS (becuase the Black was just Black and the Cartridge was MUCH thicker than those in this area), I went looking for answers…

Hopefully those who have the same or similar problems can learn from my mistake (stupidity)

So here goes!


What i THOUGHT were the cartridges (and yes, they do come out, as easily as any cartridge would)


I thought this was the logical place for the cartridges:)

However, the trained eye (or one that read the manual) will realise that the 940 refils, better known as 940XL are actually located front LEFT of machine:


Behind a nifty little front 'door' are your INK stores


Easily removed, and replaced

The ‘Cartridge’ is in face just an ink well – once you push it in, it begins feeding ink through tubes to the actual print heads (which I confused for cartridges)


Your 'Ink Well'


No electronics or circuitry like on many cartridges - just the ink!

While i was frustrated, I’m assuming this is genius – it SHOULD bring the price of refils down, as we’re not needing to pay for the actual print head each and every time!

Anyone have experience with the cost of refils on these style units compared to older style ‘print head’ replacements?



  1. bannany

    December 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    many thanks

  2. Dr.K

    January 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

    “NO ELECTRONICS OR CIRCUITRY LIKE ON MANY CARTRIDGES – JUST THE INK!” Not true! These puppies are micro-chipped and you can almost see it on the last picture (In the rectangular hole on the bottom, lower right hand side are some golden contact pins) The microchip records expiration date and ink levels. Cartridge will NOT work past expiration date, even if completely full. It will also NOT work after refill, because the chip recorded EMPTY as the last cartridge condition. Shops that do refills on these cartridges actually RESET the chip so it will work correctly!

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