Protect printers from software updates. Epson 2.0
Ever had difficulties with software updates for phones, computers and other devices after you allowed the update to occur? And those updates were intended to be helpful and enhance performance.
Printer manufacturers have issued software (firmware) updates in recent years which were specifically intended to be malicious. HP has done so numerous times. Epson has been joining the "bad actor gang."
Printer firmware/software updates won't make it print faster or enhance performance. Its intended purpose is to allow the printer company to get deeper into your computer to see what you are doing and to disable remanufactured cartridge recognition. This action is intended to force you to purchase the manufacturer's branded cartridges, thus doubling your cost per page.
Short version - don't do it. Recently Epson did so again. Unlike prior experiences with HP where the industry instantly new what happened and responded immediately, Epson's was sneaky and unknown for a few days. With this Epson firmware update it appears to be limited to the Epson T288 / T288Xl & T410 / T410XL cartridges Expression XP530, XP 630, XP640 & XP 830 models; possibly a few others. New chips for the cartridges are being designed and should be available soon.
If you do not accept the update you should be OK. The easiest way to protect your printer is to select "never" in the Epson Driver Update Settings. Go to our web page, then Trouble Shooting and then "Epson Firmware issues".
This affects legitimate factory remanufactured Epson ink cartridges. Counterfeit Epson cartridges sold by or fulfilled on Amazon will also be affected. Good luck getting support.
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