How to easily check ink level of HP PSC 1310 Series

I own a HP PSC 1315 all-in-one printer, which only has eight years old and still works fine.

I wanted to check the level of ink cartridges, but I haven’t found a easy solution, so I decided to share mine.

First of all, I would say it is not necessary to install the entire HP software suite, at least for me this is great!

Without any further delay, let’s get to what really matters.

 

1. You will need the HP software package for your printer.

Just go to HP Support website and enter your printer model. (PSC 1315)

 

2. Look at the results and find the right model for your printer.  For me, is this:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?product=374568&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

 

3. Select your operating system from the list and click next. For me, it’s Windows 8 Pro x64.

Just below, a link will appear labeled “Driver – Product Installation Software”

Download may take a while, the size is about 412MB.

 

4. Download  UniExtract  Installer, it will be necessary to extract some files from the installer.

Make sure to check the “Add to Universal Extractor yout system path” option when installing the software. (required)

 

5. Now, you need to download a little batch file I made to automate the process of extract all the required files for the printer toolbox.

 

6. Just put it in the same folder in which you downloaded the installer from the printer.

 

7. Run the setup.bat and wait the files been extracted.

Now you have a folder called “toolbox”, all required files are in there.

 

8. Finally, to check the ink level of your printer simply run the file “hpqtbx01.exe” with the name of your printer.

So, I created a shortcut with the following command line:
“C:\hp\toolbox\hpqtbx01.exe” “hp psc 1310 series”

(that it’s my printer name on Windows)

 

Now everytime you wanna check the ink levels, just open the shortcut! Simple as that!

 

It is a little lengthy procedure, but once done, it’s pretty quick and easy to use.

I could just put the toolbox files for download, however, I believe that HP would not be too happy to see me redistributing their files without permission.

 

I believe that this trick works for the following printers:

HP Officejet 5600 series
HP Officejet 6300 series
HP Officejet 7200 series
HP Officejet 7300 series
HP Officejet 7400 series
HP Deskjet F300 series
HP PSC 1310 series
HP PSC 1400 series
HP PSC 1500 series
HP PSC 1600 series
HP Photosmart 2570 series
HP Photosmart 2600 series
HP Photosmart 3200 series
HP Photosmart 3300 series

However, I can not confirm it, I only have a HP PSC 1315.

So if you want to test, do so at your own risk 😉

 

Anyway, I hope I help someone somehow.

Share your experience in the comments below.

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