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The firmware version update on Epson XP-313/ XP-413, the reasons and solutions

Every manufacturer wants to make a profits on their products. Manufacturers of printing equipment is no exception. You can earn on the printers and MFPs by raising the price on themselves or their consumables (the toner cartridges, the photo paper, the inks, the print heads ...). The price of printers and MFPs in Epson is higher, while the price to the consumables are lower compared with the other manufacturers (Canon, HP, Brother). Epson wants to make money by selling the printers, not the consumables. Epson printers also have better and cheaper served in the printing process.

Printing on compatible consumables significantly reduces the cost of printing and Epson doesn't receive the money from it, because the consumables mostly manufactured in China, not in the factories of Epson. Therefore all manufacturers are struggling with compatible consumables. If the service centers will find out the compatible consumables, they have the right to refuse to service the printer on a warranty.
Epson establishes on their printers a system for monitoring the supplies that block your printer if you haven't insert the cartridge with chip. Canon and HP don't block the work, you have to change consumables more often (such as print heads, for example)

If you bought the Epson, you could buy a refillable cartridge or the CISS with ink. Since last year, Epson introduced a firmware update via the Internet, the firmware come at times every 2-3 months. The firmware update doesn't cause any visible benefits, the protection system is also update, so you will need the cartridge with a newer version of the chip, which means the refillable cartridges and the CISS with the old version of the chip will not work.

Updating takes place only with your agreement, the printer cannot update automatically.


In order to update the printer you should see a message or through the panel "Print Setup" must click on the "Software Update" (Figure 1).

Загрузка программы для обновления, шаг 1.

Figure 1.

In the new box the "Software Updater" contact through the Internet with the Epson server, to find the latest firmware (Figure 2).

Загрузка программы для обновления, шаг 1.

Figure 2.

Then "Software Updater" prompts you to select a software you can download and install. Firmware updater - printer's firmware, because of which some of not genuine consumables (Refillable cartridges and CISS) may not work. Printer and scanner drivers is an updated version of program by which the printer can print through a computer. And various other programs for your printer (Figure 3).

Загрузка программы для обновления, шаг 2.

Figure 3.

In the next box on the positions where you ticked the box begins the process of downloading from the server to your computer (Figure 4).   

Загрузка программы для обновления, шаг 3.

Figure 4.

Once the process of the downloading firmware finished, will be open the "Epson Firmware Updater", with the instructions and warning about the firmware update process. If you turn off the printer during the process of firmware update,
then you have to carry it in the service center (Figure 5).

Обновление прошивки в принтере, шаг 1.

Figure 5.

Further there is the printer's firmware update process (Figure 6). On the display appears the message about the firmware update.

Обновление прошивки в принтере, шаг 2.
Figure 6.

Once you have updated your printer, and if you have the refillable cartridges or the CISS, it will show the message "the ink cartridges are not identified" (Figure 7). Click "OK" and the carriage goes in the cartridge replacement position.

It very easy to understand that you've already updated your printer. All the cartridges doesn't recognised. If at least one cartridge identifies, the problem is not in the firmware, but in the chips of refillable cartridge. If you have the CISS, try to insert the original cartridges.

Чернильные картриджи не опознаны
Figure 7.

If you try to insert and remove the refillable cartridges or press the CISS, there will be no chip reset. When you click on "OK", will be displayed "Missing" (Figure 8). When you press "Start" button the carriage with cartridges will go on it place and the display shows the message "The ink cartridges are not identified," (Figure 7).

 Чернильные картриджи не опознаны

Figure 7.

Solution methods: 


1) Resolder flash on a board to a low version via soldering iron. 

2) Set the new original cartridges.

3) Install a new non-original refillable cartridges or CISS with chip with a new version of firmware.

4) Install a newer version of a chip on the old refillable cartridges or CISS.

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