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by JEFF BEE on 08/04/11

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Updating your printer firmware? Then plan on using genuine original OEM cartridges only!

Generally, updating firmware for your printer is a good thing. Firmware is software on your printer that controls the basic hardware functions. The firmware is essentially the layer between your printer's hardware and the print driver, controlling the basic hardware functions. Firmware updates generally fix hardware bugs, improve printer/scanner performance, add new features and fix support issues. Recently however, we are seeing more and more that these firmware updates do one more thing (a most important thing from the manufactures standpoint)—they take away some printers' ability to read the remanufactured cartridges "chips". This means that you must use the genuine OEM cartridges distributed directly by the manufacturer. If you used to be able to use compatible / remanufactured cartridges, but no longer can, this is probably the reason.

Why is this a problem? Well if you like to save money, this is a major problem. In some cases compatible / remanufactured cartridges can cost only a fourth of the OEM price. Over a year, that can save an enormous amount of money. Over the course of the printer's lifetime, it's amazing how much money you can save. Essentially speaking, these firmware updates make it impossible for printers to read anything but the OEM cartridge chips.

Compatible / remanufactured cartridges are just as good as the OEM product. They last the same amount of time, hold the same amount of ink or toner and produce the same quality images. Economical consumers know that compatible / remanufactured cartridges make a lot of "cents"! No wonder manufacturers are trying to get money from customers by making it impossible to use compatible / remanufactured products.

So far Dell, HP, Lexmark & Samsung are the only manufacturers that are known to have put these restrictors on their products; however, there is always a chance these same scenarios could appear with other manufacturers.

How do you protect yourself? For now, avoid performing any firmware updates to your Laser toner or Inkjet printer. By doing so you are guaranteed that you can continue saving money and resources.

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