Fucking shoot me in the face. Nothing in this world works, any any attempt to make it better just makes it worse.
This time it's HP. FUCK YOU HP.
< Actual ranting goes on for a while, just scroll past the image for downgrade steps >
I've had this image on my printer for the past few weeks, but since I didn't have to print anything, I figured it'd go away eventually. Printer has been pretty solid for the last 2 years, and just fed it brand new cartridges.
Well... Turns out a few things:
a. Last time I upgraded firmware, it enabled auto upgrade.
b. in Nov 2020, HP pushed a firmware that disables 3rd party cartridges. Instantly bricking 1000s of customers printers all over the world. FUCK YOU AGAIN. Nice write up here: https://borncity.com/win/2018/09/19/blocks-hp-firmware-update-third-party-ink-catriges-again/
c. Now, instead of all colors for $50 from amazon, customers have to pay $600 for 4 high capacity cartridges.
Downgrade steps - w/o special installers
Step 1. Download new firmware from HP FTP archives.
Note: Looks like 2020-06 is published same day as November, and doesn't work as the first upload. So you'll be downgrading to 2019 to unbrick your printer first.