How to Disable the Chip Set on the HP 60 Ink Cartridge

by Tanya Robertson; Updated September 26, 2017

The Hewlett Packard #60 ink cartridges have microchips installed that contain information the printer uses to determine when the cartridge is expired, or when the cartridge is empty. Some HP cartridges can be completely disabled by purchasing a chip decoder. Unfortunately, no such decoder exists for the #60 cartridge. You can, however, temporarily disable the chips to trick the printer into recognizing the cartridges as still good. Since the chips are set with an average two-year expiration date, by resetting them, you'll be able to use the chips for up to two additional years, or until they run out of ink. Each time you refill the cartridge, or at each expiration date, you will need to repeat the reset method to get your cartridge recognized again.

Step 1

Place the main cartridge you want to use in your printer. Wait for the printer to detect the cartridge and finish printing an alignment page. Remove the cartridge.

Step 2

Place the second cartridge into your printer. Wait for the printer to detect the cartridge and finish printing an alignment page. Remove the cartridge.

Step 3

Place the third cartridge into your printer. Wait for the printer to detect the cartridge and finish printing an alignment page. Remove the cartridge.

Step 4

Place the main cartridge you used in the first step back into your printer. Wait for the printer to detect the cartridge and finish printing an alignment page. The chip is now reset and the ink levels should read full. This cartridge will now work until it's empty, or until the next two-year expiration date, whichever comes first.