What Does the Epson Chip Resetter Do? How Does it Work?

By: James Kara Murat

One of the largest expenses that a computer user has, once they are set up and ready to go, is replacing the ink cartridges when they are empty. The printers themselves have been offered at low or no cost. This is called a loss leader. Printer manufacturers understand that they are not really in the business of manufacturing printers for profit, they are in the business of manufacturing printer ink. Once you have their printer you must buy their ink at steep prices.

Not sneaky enough

Fortunately for computer users, and not for printer ink manufacturers, a way has been found to refill ink cartridges without paying the steep prices of the ink manufacturers. The ink manufacturers are not happy about this.They fought back with smart computer chips that let only their ink cartridges work in their printers when they are filled or manufactured by their licensed printer ink companies.This was sneaky, but not sneaky enough.

It is full

In the case of Epson Printers, a device has been invented that "resets" the computer chip that says the ink cartridge is a real Epson ink cartridge that was bought at full price, and not a refilled cartridge. This devise is called a "chip resetter." What the chip resetter does is tell the "smart chip", which Epson installs in its printers, that the ink cartridge is a new cartridge. Essentially the smart chip is fooled, by the chip resetter into thinking that the empty cartridge it is holding is new and licensed as such. All you need to do is remove the cartridge, refill it and reinstall it into the Epson printer. You are set to go.

This is all fairly straight forward. Plug the chip resetter into your Epson printer and away you go. It identifies the ink cartridge model number,to make sure it will work on that particular cartridge and chip, looks for possible damage to the cartridge and chip and lets you know that the smart chip has been reset to full status instead of empty status.

A few things to think about

There are a few things to consider when thinking about a chip resetter. First, it works for quite a few model printers and model cartridges but not all. Check to make sure your printer is compatible. Second, the folks that came up with the chip resetter need to make a living too so the resetter won't work forever.

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