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'88 Cartridge Low' or '88 Replace Cartridge' Error Message Persists after New Cartridge Installation on a Lexmark C54x/X54x Printer/MFP

Document ID:SO6397

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04/03/14 Properties  


88 Toner; Empty error message; Low error message; 88 Toner Empty Low message displays after installing new cartridge; Printer reports incorrect toner yield; Toner low on brand new toner cartridge; New toner cartridge; Toner not working; Printer not working; Yield issues; Yield(s); Toner Yield Issues; Toner Yield; Yield; Error message;




Most Lexmark laser printers include a 'Toner Low' warning system. It informs customers that a replacement toner cartridge will be required soon. In most cases, you can continue using the printer while this message is displayed.


If the "88 Toner Low"or "88 Replace Cartridge" message remains even after installing a brand new toner cartridge (or a known existing “healthy” toner cartridge), the printer may need a firmware update to facilitate efficient toner usage.





Step Action


Restart the printer and see if the error will clear. If it doesn't clear, proceed with the next step.




Check the type of error:

  • If it is an 88 Cartridge Low message, press the Go button to take the printer temporarily to the Ready state. Proceed with the next step for a code update. 
  • If an 88 Replace Cartridge message displays, force the printer/MFP to boot into Invalid Engine Code. To do this, restart the printer while pressing the appropriate buttons as described below:

    • For the C540/3/4/6 and X543/4/6 series:
      Press and hold: Back and Left Arrow.
    • For the X548 series models:
      Press and hold: 3, 4, and 6.




Click your printer model below to download the zipped file containing executable file, firmware, and “Read me” files. Save it to a known location or folder in your computer.  

For Lexmark C540/C543/C544
For Lexmark C546

For Lexmark X543/X544/X546
For Lexmark X548




Unzip the file and follow the instructions in the "Read me" file to update the code levels. If you experience difficulties or if the error persists, contact Lexmark Technical Support.





Still need help?

Please contact Lexmark Technical Support if you need additional assistance. NOTE: When calling for support, you will be asked for your machine/model type and serial number (SN). If you need help locating these, click here.

Please call from near the printer in case the technician on the phone asks you to perform a task involving the printer.


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