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Dell E525W not recognizing (non Dell) toner and grinding gear problems

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We’re having issues with our Dell E525W toner cartridges. It’s been working fine with the non-dell toners for over a year now. All of a sudden, upon startup, the printer has been making a horrible noise of gears grinding from the area where the toner cartridges live. The printer seems to try around 5-10 times (grinding gear noise) over a minute or so and then gives up with an error.

After a few rounds of this, it told me the Yellow toner was low. With a new non-Dell toner cartridge, we are having the same problem: Horrible noise and a 093-919 error to “Check Yellow Cartridge.”

It seems possible this could be an issue with the way the toner cartridge is (or isn’t) seating in the printer. However, no matter how much I try to adjust or firmly seat the toner cartridge, it hasn’t changed.

I’ve updated the firmware to the latest I’ve found through the Dell site (01. 04. 12. 10. 3836) with no changes. Dell will attempt to help for the low price of $59, but I’d like to see if I can do something myself.

Anyone able to help? Thanks in advance.

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Forgot to mention, I also cleaned out the holes behind the toner cartridges with the "cleaning rod" listed on the Dell support page

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I have the same problem, please let me know if you know how to fix it. Thanks

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Sorry, I gave up. Got a hand me down (Brother) and donated this one to what will likely be a scrap heap.

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You should have never updated the firmware - the printer you have is a rebranded Lexmark! Lexmark and Epson are notorious for blocking 3rd party supplies - BAD MOVE ON YOUR PART!

Your best bet is to downgrade the firmware if you can find an old version online with a matching checksum and see if it works. I know with the 3rd party FW bombed Epsons you can sometimes find old firmware and how to get into recovery mode on the control panel, so it’s worth a shot to try the firmware before you re-chip the yellow toner.

If it doesn’t (which it likely won’t since Lexmark blocks downgades) is you will need to find a way to do it in a service mode or re-chip the yellow toner. You’ll need to see if Dell did anything weird with the chip like change the manufacturer hex code to Dell from Lexmark to prevent chip swapping. If it’s anything like the lazy 90’s from Apple with the rebranded HP/Canon printers, they probably just changed the part# on the label. If it comes to the point a re-chip is required, subtract your current usage (Ex: new chip will report 100%. If you’ve used 20%, assume 80% and watch the print quality).

Dell is in the computer business; they only sell printers because of companies who want everything to be consistent and an extra revenue stream. It makes no sense for Dell to do the R&D work on a in-house printer, so they usually rebrand Lexmark or Brother printers these days. This works well for us, but also puts us at an disadvantage on the Lexmark rebrands since Dell inherits their 3rd party supply FW blocks even if it doesn’t bother them because they make money on other things.

DO NOT TELL DELL YOU WANT TO TRY THIS. THEY WILL USE IT AGAINST YOU IN THE FUTURE!

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Thanks, too bad I didn't get here sooner. I'll continue my search and see what I can scrounge up.

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@mrerik Epson and Lexmark call them "security updates". It's only securing their revenue stream.

I GENUINELY DOUBT Dell cares about 3rd party supplies until warranty is involved. They're like Brother with multiple revenue streams.

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Have you told dell you’ve been using unofficial cartridges? If so, I suggest you take the deal.

Printers are made to break down if fed any toner/ink that does not come from the manufacturer.

Since your model comes at a relatively high price, 60 $ is your best bet.

If you try to do it yourself you will need that amount minimum for spare parts+a big chunk off your free time.

It’s just not worth it.

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To clarify, the $60 is only to get them to start the “helping” process. Any parts and time/labor will surely add on to that price.

I believe we paid $140 for it on sale. It’s lasted us around three years up to now. I can’t get myself to pay the $200+ for a set of the Official Dell toner cartridges. They’re aware I’ve been using the knockoff toner.

That being said, I’m with you on the not worth it part. I was just hoping the fine folks here might be willing to save me a couple bucks by helping me get this working for a bit longer. I’d hate to give up and get roped into the game of buying a “disposable” product. Isn’t that why this site exists? To be able to fix this junk and get it to live a decent life?

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