Why flash a printer?

Why is the printer flashing?

Perhaps you have already encountered such a situation when the printer cartridge has run out and it is decided to refill it. But when you came to the service center for refilling cartridges, you were told: in order for the refilled cartridge to work, you first need to flash a printer. Printer firmware is done once and solves the problem using refilled cartridges.

In the “head” of a printer or MFP, there is firmware that controls the operation of the device. Displays error messages, warnings and other information.

What is firmware?

Simply put, it is a change (reinstallation) of the printer’s firmware. Accordingly, there is a change in the operation of the device. In our case, the firmware changes the reaction of the printer to the installation of a refilled cartridge. After installing the “fixed” firmware, the device starts working with filled cartridges. The exchange of information with the cartridge chip ceases to affect the operation of the device.

But flashing a printer is not always done in order to use refilled cartridges. The manufacturer itself releases a firmware update if device malfunctions associated with its errors are detected. Updates are posted on the manufacturer’s website.

What do you need to know before flashing the printer?

If you are updating the firmware for an official update, then the instructions for installing it are posted on the manufacturer’s website.
If you install the “fixed” firmware to unlock the printer, then you lose the manufacturer’s warranty in the event of a printer breakdown.

There is a certain risk of turning your device into a “brick” in case of an unsuccessful attempt to reflash it. Therefore, it is important to follow the instructions. Most often, errors occur when trying to flash a printer with an incorrectly specified serial number or Crum number and in cases where a sudden power outage occurs during operations.

Where can I get the firmware for the printer?

If you are looking for the official firmware and its updates, then go to the manufacturer’s website and select your printer model, in the “drivers and utilities” section, find the required file.

To flash a printer with a fixed firmware, you can download a firmware generator, or you can use the services of special online services that generate firmware for your device for a small fee, and then you download it.

Keep in mind that the internet is full of “left-handed” firmware files that can ruin your device.

As a proven service for generating firmware for printers and MFPs, I can recommend you the fix-bay.com online service. During two years of cooperation, I have never let you down. A lot of useful information, instructions and recommendations for the firmware.

What printers do I need to flash?

At the moment, Samsung, Xerox, Dell are actively protecting their printers and MFPs. Cartridges from these manufacturers are equipped with microchips that will not permit printing after refilling. So, when purchasing office equipment from these companies, keep in mind that you will be faced with the need for firmware. And if you don’t want to flash, then buy new cartridges.

Canon, HP, Kyocera cartridges are also now equipped with microchips. But there is no need to flash them. The printer continues to successfully print on the refilled cartridge, simply informing the message “replace consumable”. But on color laser cartridges, you will still need to replace the chips.

Brother printer and MFP cartridges do not have chips. The cartridges are protected with a mechanical key. Special gears push a sensor in the printer. If this mechanism is not present on the cartridge or it is in the “empty” cartridge mode, the printer will not print and will display the message “replace toner”. There is no need to flash Brother printers and MFPs. Requires installation of a mechanical key on the cartridge (commercially available). A separately purchased cartridge contains this key. And after refueling, you need to put it in the correct position. See Brother refueling instructions section.

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