How to Change Cartridges in a 5100CN Dell Printer

By Nathaniel Miller

  • Overview

    The Dell 5100CN printer is a dependable, maintenance-free printer that is designed for medium to large businesses. This printer is at home in the workplace, and it has features to back up its business upbringing. It is able to print up to 35 pages per minute in black and 22 pages per minute in color, and provides clear, high-quality printing for the business of tomorrow. Along with dependable business features, the 5100CN printer comes with a long-use ink cartridge; however, over time, this ink cartridge can become depleted and need to be replaced.
    Dell 5100CN printer ready for an ink cartridge change
    • Step 1

      Purchase the appropriate type of ink cartridge (black or color) based on your "low ink level" report or print job quality. Take the cartridge out of the package and open the foil wrapper. Pull the clear plastic tape off of the back of the cartridge in preparation for mounting it in the printer.
    • Step 2

      Make sure the printer is turned on and open the printer access door. The printer will sense the door is ajar and move the cartridge cradle to the cartridge-retrieval point. Wait until the cartridge cradle is at the retrieval point, then press down on the cartridge and pull straight up to release it from the cradle.


    • Step 3

      Discard the old cartridge or prepare it for recycling. Match up the arrows on the new printer cartridge to the cartridge cradle and slide the new cartridge into place. Gently press down on the cartridge until you hear a clicking noise. Close the access door and wait until the printer has recognized the cartridge. Under print properties, click "Clean and Align" and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Tip: Many ink-cartridge companies will provide rebates or discounts for recycling your old ink cartridges. Before discarding your old cartridges, check with your cartridge manufacturer to see if you can participate in such a program.
    • Warning:
    • Do not touch the inkjets on the bottom of the print cartridge directly with your finger. The oil from your skin can potentially affect the print quality of your printer.

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