Printer Firmware Updates – Don’t Do it!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 | HP Toner | No Comments

Ever since the HP LaserJet 4100 was released back in 2001, HP toner cartridges have had chips on them. These chips store useful information such as pages printed and toner coverage. These chips also tell your printer that the cartridge is empty or the cartridge is not genuine HP and to stop printing. This technique was originally deployed to prevent cartridges from being recycled or remanufactured. But it didn’t take long for the aftermarket toner cartridge industry to figure out how to replace the chip with an aftermarket chip. Since then HP has been playing an elaborate game of whack-a-mole with the aftermarket toner cartridge industry attempting to block aftermarket toner cartridges.

HP’s latest salvo in the war of toner cartridges has been via firmware updates. Aftermarket chip companies develop their chip to work with current HP firmware, then HP updates the firmware and guess what? Aftermarket cartridges developed for the older firmware won’t work.

Traditionally it was a difficult process to update firmware. You had to download a utility to push it to the printer so almost nobody updated their firmware unless there was a bug that required it. Now you your driver will prompt you to update the firmware and in a click of a button your firmware is updated. Worse still, some printer manufacturers automatically update the firmware without the user even knowing about it.

If you use aftermarket or remanufactured toner cartridges, don’t upgrade your firmware or you may find yourself locked out of buying aftermarket toner cartridges. If you only use new toner cartridges, the firmware updates won’t be a problem. That is also true for our New MICR toner cartridges as we use a new HP toner cartridge and convert it to MICR. And as the chip is original, you won’t have a problem.

It’s not just HP that has chips on their toner cartridges. You’ll find them with HP, Lexmark, Brother and more.

Follow these four steps to insure that your aftermarket toner cartridges will continue to function properly in your printer.

  1. Say no to ALL firmware updates for your printer.
  2. Make sure to switch off any automatic firmware updates..
  3. Inform your colleagues that they should also say NO to ALL firmware updates.
  4. Place a label on each printer indicating for users to say no to ALL firmware updates.

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New Product: HP W1470A MICR Toner for Check Printing

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

We’ve just released a New MICR Toner for the newest series of HP Enterprise LaserJet Printers. The W1470A is compatible with the HP LaserJet M610, M611, M612. The HP W1470A MICR Toner Cartridge is a New MICR toner, meaning we’ve removed the original toner from a Genuine New HP Cartridge and replaced it with MICR toner. MICR or magnetic toner is required for check printing.

At this moment, we are only selling the standard yield W1470A MICR toner and we are not offering the high yield W1470X MICR toner.

Details…
Our Part #: RCW1470ANM
Our Price: $285.00 (free ground shipping)
Page Yield: 10,500 (5% coverage)
HP Part #: W1470A or 147A
https://www.advlaser.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RCW1470ANM

Compatibility W1470A
HP LaserJet Enterprise M610n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M610dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M611n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M611dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M612dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M634h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M634z
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M635h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M635fht
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M636fh
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M636z

As with the previous generation of HP enterprise printers, we recommend changing your paper type to heavy so that the paper fuses properly to the paper. To learn more about setting your paper type to heavy, watch the video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuEaADkQ0c)

Order online or call us at 800-722-2804 and press 1.

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New Product: MICR Toner for HP LaserJet M507 Series (CF289A and CF289X MICR)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

We are finally releasing a CF289A and CF289X MICR Toner (Magnetic) for check printing. HP released this printer over a year ago, but until now, we’ve been unable to release a qualified product. Our new CF289A/X MICR toner cartridge produces perfect prints and is designed to meet both ABA and ANSI standards.

HP CF289A New MICR Toner Cartridge
HP CF289A MICR Toner Cartridge

We have both the standard yield (5,000 pages) and the high yield (10,000 pages) versions of this MICR toner cartridge.

This is a new modified toner cartridge, meaning we’ve taken a brand new HP CF289A or CF289X toner and removed the original toner and replaced it with MICR toner. Thankfully both the standard and high yield versions fit in all of the printers.

Both cartridges are available at www.advlaser.com
New Standard Yield CF289A MICR Toner Cartridge – $230 (5,000 Pages)
New High Yield CF289X MICR Toner Cartridge – $340 (10,000 Pages)

Compatibility: HP LaserJet M507n, M507dn, M507x, M528 MFP

Availability: In Stock – Ships immediately

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New Product: HP CF258A & CF258X MICR Toner for the LaserJet M404 Series

Sunday, August 11th, 2019 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

August 5, 2019 – We’ve released New MICR Toner for the HP LaserJet M404n, M404dn, M404dw. Both of these cartridges are new MICR toner cartridges. These are genuine new HP cartridges where we’ve replaced the original toner with MICR (Magnetic) toner. MICR toner cartridges are filled with a proprietary magnetic toner for printing checks with laser printers. The M404 line of printers is a direct replacement for the LaserJet M402 series. Specifications for this printer are virtually identical to it’s predecessor and both printers can print up to at 40 pages per minute.

CF258A & CF258X MICR Toner now available for the new HP LaserJet M404dn

The CF258A MICR Toner Cartridge has a page yield of 3,000 pages and sells for $170.00 each.
https://www.advlaser.com/MICR-Toner-For-HP-M404-M428-CF258A-p/rccf258anm.htm

The CF258X MICR Toner Cartridge is a high yield toner cartridge has a page yield of 10,000 pages and sells for $310 each.
https://www.advlaser.com/MICR-Toner-For-HP-M404-M428-CF258X-p/rccf258xnm.htm

If you do the math, the CF258X MICR Toner Cartridge is by far the most cost efficient. But if you only write a few checks a year, the CF258A may be your best bet.

We’ve sold hundreds of the LaserJet M402n MICR laser printers and they have been very reliable. We expect the M404n to be as reliable as it’s predecessor. At the moment we continue to sell the M402n MICR laser printer but eventually we plan to sell a LaserJet M404n MICR Laser Printer.

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HP Released New LaserJet M404 Series – CF258A MICR Toner in development.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

HP just released the new LaserJet M404 series laser printer. There doesn’t appear to be any reason for HP to release this printer as the specs are identical to the M402 series printers. Same speed, same look, same size – different toner cartridges. Still this will be a big seller as small business continue to buy small inexpensive reliable monochrome printers. The M402 series has had a decent track record and we’ve sold hundreds of these printers retrofitted with MICR toner cartridges for check printing.

HP LaserJet M404n

The M404 Series consists of the M404n, M404dn, M404dw as well as the M428fdn, M428dw and M428fdw MFP (Multi Function) machines.

The M404 takes the new CF258A (3,000 Pages) and the CF258X (10,000 Pages) toner cartridges. The high yield toner cartridge is by far the best value.

To order the CF258A or CF258X online, the links are below.

Genuine HP CF258A Toner Cartridge

Genuine HP CF258X Toner Cartridge

We are developing MICR Toner for CF258A and CF258X to be used for check printing. At this point we don’t have a date that this will be available. But we will target August 2019.

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New Product: Advantage Ultimate Holographic Checks

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

A 3D Hologram is fused to each check.

We’ve been working for some time on a new check that is virtually impossible to alter or copy. We call this new check Advantage Ultimate. For the moment, we only have it in a Top Check with a Blue to Green to Blue fade. This particular check layout used by QuickBooks and VersaCheck is by far our most popular. Advantage Ultimate Check Stock is loaded with security features including:

  • Hologram – Each check has a 3D hologram fused to the paper.
  • Chemical Protection Paper – When chemically altered, the area treated will appear as a brown stain or spot.
  • Toner Adhesion – Paper is treated so that once toner is fused it will reveal attempted tape-lifting or scraping.
  • Micro-Printing – Small type in border, under endorsement area and surrounding Padlock Security box appears blurred if copied or scanned.
  • Check Security Watermark – When copied: Absence of the words “Original Document” on the back of the check.
  • Fluorescent Fibers – Visible only under ultraviolet light.
  • Check Security Screen – When copied: Absence of the words “Original Document” on the back of this check.
  • Heat Sensitive Ink – Red image of padlock will fade with heat. Rub, hold between finger and thumb or breathe on image for reaction.
  • Coin Reactive Ink – Key will appear underneath coin image when rubbed with a coin.

This is the best check paper money can buy. Yes it’s pricey starting at $130 / 1,000, but if you need the best protection from alteration available, this is it.

Our Part # CP815-BGB

Software Compatibility: QuickBooks Pro, Quicken, VersaCheck 1000, plus many others.

Order from: https://www.advlaser.com/Advantage-Ultimate-Top-Check-Stock-p/cp815-bgb.htm 

CP815-BGB Advantage Ultimate Hologram Check for QuickBooks, Quicken and VersaCheck.

CP815-BGB Back of Check

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Advantage Customer Series – Kathleen Boyer

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

Kathleen Boyer, Office Administrator – Harris & Ruth Painting

Harris & Ruth Painting is one of the top commercial and industrial painting contractors located in West Covina, California. Kathleen Boyer, the company’s Office Administrator, was looking for a way to save her company money.

She found Advantage Laser Products online while doing her research on check printing. Learning how to print your own checks with a magnetic ink can be a tricky process, and so Kathleen decided to call Advantage for help.

“I called and spoke with John Miller, who educated me on the MICR font and ink requirements, and then worked with me to make sure my MICR font and placement was perfect, and my ink strength was perfect,” she said. “It was such a positive experience.”

Kathleen continues to enjoy personalized customer service from Advantage – she says she loves working with Advantage because, “they work hard, like me.”  But most importantly, printing checks in-house brings Harris & Ruth Painting substantial savings every year.

About Advantage Laser Products

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Advantage Laser Products specializes in business checks and check printing supplies, including MICR tonerblank check paperenvelopeslaser printers and more. For over 30 years, Advantage Laser Products provided high-quality products and exceptional customer service every day. Advantage has been focused on offering products made in the USA, when possible. Each product purchased at Advantage Laser Products is backed by our one-year satisfaction guarantee, and many qualify for free shipping within the contiguous U.S. Visit Advantage today at www.advlaser.com or email us at info@advlaser.com for more information.

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The Importance of the Perfect Fit Envelope. Seriously.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

 

Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA, had to alert 70,000 members to an inadvertent disclosure of their health plan information, after it was exposed in the window of envelopes mailed out by one of its vendors.

The Tufts’s vendor mailed plan ID cards with the member’s ID number, name and address visible inside the envelope window, which is a big non-no. Read the full article here: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/tufts-health-plan-notifies-70k-members-after-envelope-windows-exposed-their-plan-id.html.

This incident is just one example of why it is so important to have the perfect fit envelope. Advantage Laser Products offers everything from ADP Envelopes, Printed Envelopes, Heat Resistant Envelopes, Double-Window Envelopes, and Single-Window Envelopes.  If you aren’t sure what envelope is right for you, please call us and ask (it’s free).

 

About Advantage Laser Products

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Advantage Laser Products specializes in business checks and check printing supplies, including MICR tonerblank check paperenvelopeslaser printers and more. For over 30 years, Advantage Laser Products provided high-quality products and exceptional customer service every day. Advantage has been focused on offering products made in the USA, when possible. Each product purchased at Advantage Laser Products is backed by our one-year satisfaction guarantee, and many qualify for free shipping within the contiguous U.S. Visit Advantage today at www.advlaser.com or email us at info@advlaser.com for more information.

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