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Cross compatibility of HP 81 and HP 83 products

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I tried to install an HP 83 ink cartridge into a machine that only had HP 81 components otherwise and it gave me a replace error. Do the components have to be ALL 81 or ALL 83 or can i make it work if i install an 83 printhead with everything else being 81?

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#83 is uv & #81 is dye... you should use with caution or mess up the ink system.


Many years ago , I worked on this model. To change from dye to uv & had to flush the ink tubes.....


David Shutz is the expert on this model..

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Hi David, maybe you could help me in some way. I have a prob with my HP 5500 UV Printer.

He is running the past 8 years almost without problems. But now i got the message that the 81 Inksystem is worn out and it has to be replaced by a new one. Printer is quite old, so i dont want to put much inside anymore.

But i still have an HP 83 Inksystem, only 2 times used. Is there a chance to convert it to Dye Ink?

thank a lot for your help

kind regards

Hank 🙂

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