The continuing semiconductor scarcity has reached the purpose that it is affecting one of many most-hated features of printing – copy-protection chips on ink cartridges.

That is proper, the perform that permits printers to scream about international our bodies in the event you dare to make use of a third-party cartridge or probably stop the printer from working in any respect.

Japanese electronics outfit Canon has needed to admit, by the use of its German tentacle, that it is having such a tough time getting maintain of parts that it has been compelled to ship toner cartridges with out the chip fitted.

This seems to imply, on sure fashions of multifunction printers, that utilizing even a sanctioned Canon cartridge can have the identical impact as cramming in a knockoff.

To not fear. The corporate has posted a helpful workaround, and it principally entails clicking “Shut”, “I Agree”, “OK”, “No matter”, or “Fuck off already” every time the printer begins complaining about cartridges which might be truly designed to go within the machine. The interpretation reads:

What follows are various particular person directions for printing on sure fashions (all from its imageRUNNER collection, apparently), they usually all comply with the trail of clicking away annoying error messages, although Canon warns: “The toner stage displayed in your machine is probably not appropriate, and the remaining toner stage could instantly change from ‘OK’ to ‘Empty’. When ‘Empty’ is displayed, set up a brand new toner container.”

Mildly inconvenient however hardly the tip of the world, and it is humorous that the one factor standing between printing with official cartridges and fakes is just a little digital signature that claims every little thing’s fantastic and offers correct toner readings.

We requested Canon why the workaround was revealed on its German web site particularly. We have additionally requested HP “Ink” how its provide for cartridge safety chips was holding up.

HP beforehand stated that it doesn’t need “unprofitable prospects” and was contemplating stopping some printers from functioning with a cloned toner. For its half, HP beforehand stated the chance of cloned provides is that hackers can exploit a “vulnerability the place the provision chip meets the printer” in addition to high quality and printer efficiency degradation. It has additionally stated that the majority cloned cartridges find yourself in landfill, making it an environmental no-no.

We’ll replace the piece if we hear something again. ®