It’s been a while since I had a chance to sit and spend 5 minutes thinking, much less write about the situation with Ink Pad Reset (IPR) tools, but, here at last is a summary of the current situation.
? New to the topic of Waste ink counters, Service required or Ink Pad Resets ?
You might want to read this article to get an introduction to these core issues before you catch up on the latest developments detailed below
New printers, New protection
Last year started with the PX700W, Artisan 800 and similar printers appearing and with them came the realisation that these printers waste counters could only be reset using specific adjustment utilities. Unfortunately it soon became clear that such a utility was going to cost you $50+ and couldn’t be shared.
A few months later a new ‘volunteer’ appeared on the net with the ability to remove the protection restricting these utilities. Unfortunately there was some confusion caused by unlocked adjustment utilities being reported as infected/malware. Once that was cleared up, OrTHoTaMiNe, became synonymous with SSC for anyone with that generation of printers.
Next generation protection
Sadly, since then it seems that someone in the Epson camp has been paying more attention to the grey market of adjustment utilities. Read more…