I Installed a firmware update, and now the printer can no longer "recognize" my print cartridges which had been working fine until the update. Word on the Internet is that Epson deliberately tries to punish people who buy replacement cartridges from other vendors, so they can sell their overpriced ones, and they do that by updating the firmware so that other vendor cartridges are "not recognized".

This is despicable. I will never buy another Epson product. They have even spawned a cottage industry that for $5 sells a firmware downgrade.

It is cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy Epson replacement cartridges. Their business practices are predatory and should be illegal.

Reason of review: Poor customer service.

Monetary Loss: $100.

Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.

Epson Pros: Printer.

Epson Cons: Business practices.

Do You Have Something To Say ?
Write a review


You will be automatically registered on our site. Username and password will be sent to you via email.
Post Comment

I can confirm rolling back the firmware and removing the updater is possible and the printer works perfectly again. I have and Epson 440. No more updates till it blows up.


How do you roll back the update?

@Magda Dzi

Yes please how do you roll it back


I tried the rollback but the button sequence you need to press in order to put the printer into "firmware update" mode doesn't work anymore. Hitting "stop", "left arrow", "home", and "power" buttons at the same time is supposed to do it according to many online sources but it just doesn't work anymore. Greedy bastards.


I have the same problem. Surely Epson has committed an illegal act!


Avoid Epson products, problem solved, partially, because I don't know which manufacturer is the most compatible friendly, if at all..?


They are crooks in operation ,the marked should be regulated and not by crooks, as people are forced to pay one litre of ink over 3 thousand dollars so they have created a firmware that stops your printer if your cartridges are not original


Same here. Said there was a firmware update for my XP 640.

Put in an aftermarket cartridge and it would not recognize. I am done with epson.


My Epson XP 620 printer has the same issue now. No, I will not be buying their overpriced *** cartridges when my off brand refillables work perfectly fine until this criminal *** into my hardware. They need serious repercussions for this criminal act that they put against their own customers.


I did the firmware update and the printer won't recognize genuine epson ink, not 3rd party. Firmware update screwed up my printer now it's junk.


did you fix it?


I KNEW they were doing something nefarious. My aftermarket cartridges are no longer working either.

I have an Epson WF 7710. I emailed them a note that asked if Epson had disabled my printer from accepting non-Epson cartridges. Got back the usual blah, blah, blah. Then I pointedly asked if my Epson printer was designed not to accept aftermarket ink cartridges (from my office email, with our patent law firm logo on the bottom).

The of course told me that aftermarket cartridges are "not guaranteed to work"...which is not what I asked them. Considering that this seems to be a practice across the industry, has anyone explored a class-action suit against the printer companies as to this practice?

If so, I'd like to join, if not, I'd be interested to see who else would join one if I started it? Tom

@Nickol Fhw

Yes they have settled many times before. Someone needs to refuse a settlement and seek criminal prosecution. This is no different than ransomware.


Poor customer service. Do NOT use 3rd party cartridges after updating firmware.

It will not work.

Copy printing is very slow. 1 page per 5 min.


You can make your Epson printers chipless and use all cartridges you want - https://www.2manuals.com/index.php?cPath=107


predatory af


And this site you give wants you to pay $35 for an activation key. Greedy bastards everywhere!


I had the exact same problem after I updated the firmware on my Epson XP-640. I'll never buy anything from Epson again, as long as they continue holding customers hostage with their ridiculously overpriced cartridges this way.


My Epson printer stopped printing anything after an update and I use replacement cartridges. I have to to run my small business.

they have crippled my work and business by these unfair practices! That is so F'ed up!

Epson Reviews

  1. 232 reviews
  2. 101 reviews
  3. 40 reviews
  4. 11 reviews
  5. 11 reviews
Epson reviews