Is the OEM chip reusable?

Smart chip

Per tested, OEM chip is reusable and applicable for 3 new v4ink No-chip toner cartridges. No-chip toner such as CF258A and CF258X reutilize the OEM chip to complete the entire installation procedure.

Chip does have its life span. It cannot be extended once you see the printout becomes blurred. So don’t overuse the chip in case of any underperforming printout. Want to keep using our No-chip toner? Don’t worry, remaining the chip after using the OEM toner cartridge is feasible to start next round.

Beware of handling chip as the smart chip is physically tiny. 3 tips below will enable a fast and proper installation.

Tip 1: DO NOT scratch or damage the chip.

Tip 2: Insert the OEM chip into our v4ink no-chip toner in a correct direction. (An illustrative picture is pasted near the chip’s slot)

chip position

Tip 3: Keep the chip dust-free. Use a dry cloth to clean the chip if dust adheres.

It’s worth mentioning that customer can remove the chip from our CF258X remanufactured toner for intended use with our v4ink No-chip CF258A or No-chip CF258X toner. Also chip is reusable for 3 new v4ink No-chip toner cartridges.

Chip life circle

No wonder that using v4ink with-chip CF258A compatible toner is the best way to skip the chip-transferring procedure. It has the same starter-friendly installation mode as the original. Sometimes, the printer will notify you of the “NON-HP” and “Firmware update” message. If you want to go on using compatible toner in a hassle-free way, switching off the related setup not only does no harm to your printers, but it renders the printing job goes smoothly without interceptive warning.

See the instruction below to disable the “Cartridge Policy” and “Update option” function respectively.

To shut off “Cartridge Policy”:

Cartridge Policy

To disable the “Update Option”:

Update option 1
Update Option 2

Kind reminder: Presently, regarding the pre-set serial number, customer can only use 2 new CF258A or CF258X compatible toners on the same printer. If using the third one, the printer won’t recognize it by demonstrating an error message. Once the 2 compatible with-chip toners are used up, customer can choose to use remanufactured or original toner cartridge.

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Something you should know for proper CF258A toner installation

CF258A No-chip toner

This article is a collection to itemize several misoperations in using v4ink CF258A toner, which will be much helpful for the starter.

To make the followings comprehensible and well accepted, we’re about to illustrate the cases according to the product category. Viewers can find the concerning descriptive point based on your CF258A version.

Cases study for v4ink No-chip CF258A toner:

  1. Install the toner into the printer straightforwardly without inserting the chip on it

Toner should work with the chip which is used for printer to detect the data. Please do have an OEM cartridge or OEM chip well prepared, and process the chip-insertion as the picture shown below prior to the final installation.

CF258 chip-installation
  1. OEM chip is damaged

Please ensure the chip is intact, otherwise the chip cannot be used to install. If damage unfortunately occurs, you can purchase the OEM toner cartridge in the first place, and then use our no-chip toner until the OEM one is depleted. Our v4ink CF258A is equipped with a custom-made toolkit, which enables a smooth chip removal process.

  1. Chip is inserted in an incorrect direction

To make things easier, we paste an instructional picture next to the chip slot. Below you can see how user collates the chip’s direction.

Correct chip position
  1. Color of the printout is light

Long-time transportation renders the toner powder pile up in one side. Gently shaking the toner cartridge several times ahead of final installation will address this problem. Moreover, printout will become faint if the chip is overused with more than 3 pcs new v4ink no-chip toners.

faint text
  1. Printer demonstrates “Black cartridge very low”

Customers feel puzzled when the printer mentions this message just right after installation. V4ink guarantees that each of our products (except for re-manufactured product) will come in a brand-new condition with 100% full powder capacity. Owning that OEM chip retains the old using record, this message has nothing to do with the new toner. Pls press “OK” button to evade this message.

  1. Install OEM chip of original CF258X toner into v4ink CF258A no-chip toner

This will not affect the proper printing function. If the printer manifests “Cartridge low”, you can still go on printing by pressing “OK” button.

Cases study for v4ink CF258A WITH-CHIP compatible toner:

  1. LCD screen reminds “The indicated cartridges are Non-HP cartridges” and the warning indicator is flashing.

Opt for “OK” button then you restore printing.

Error message correction
  1. LCD screen reminds “Memory error on indicated cartridges, Event code: 10.00.00” and the warning indicator is flashing.

First of all, open the front cover, and close it. Until you see the message “The indicated cartridges are Non-HP cartridges” and the Signal light is flashing, press “OK” directly.

event code

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How to clear “Non-HP cartridges” error when using CF258A/CF258X?

CF258A with-chip toner

Hurray! We are happy to announce that v4ink CF258A with-chip toner and CF258X with-chip toner have been launched online. It’s been a long ride from the day we realized that most of our customers craved for a hassle-free toner without any pre-arranged setup of an OEM chip. Now we come back to dazzle.

Regular installation steps

Contrary to the No-chip version, With-chip version is handy and ready-to-use. Prior to place an order, please confirm the chosen item is advertised “With chip” to prevent any installation error.

  1. Tear off all the protective packing materials like seals, papers and cover as well.
CF258A installation
  1. Boot up the printer.
  2. Place the toner into the cartridge compartment, and wait for 1-2 min for machine to recognize.

Clear warning messages

Error messages happen when the chip is unable to be read. No worry, it doesn’t mean you got a lemon. Following the workaround below will get the connection problem mended:

Situation 1: Printer displays “The indicated cartridges are Non-HP cartridges” and the Signal Light is flashing.

Press “OK” then you can skip the interceptive information.

clear "The indicated cartridges are Non-HP cartridges"Situation 2: Printer display “Memory error on indicated cartridges, Event code: 10.00.00” and the Signal light is flashing.

Step 1: Open the front cover, and close it

Step 2: When you see the message “The indicated cartridges are Non-HP cartridges” and the Signal light is flashing, press “OK” directly.

Clear event code

See, it’s quite simple, right?

Stop firmware upgrade

Why should I have to disable this function? Is this method detrimental to printer?

Based on the factory default setting of the printer, “automatic update” and “cartridge policy” ought to be in an “off” status. Shutting down these two functions is to guarantee the intended use of any third-party compatible CF258A toner or CF258X toner cartridge, which won’t be rejected by the HP printers. For sure, users can be at ease to print once the following recommended setup is accomplished.

Try it out!

Step 1: Turn off “Cartridge Policy”

Click “setup”-> “system setup”-> “supply settings”-> “Cartridge policy”- choose “off”-reboot the printer.

Turn off cartridge policy

Step 2: Turn off the “Update Option”

Click “setup”-> “service”-> “Laserjet update”-> “mange updates”- “check automatically”-chose “off” –back to “mange updates” page-click “allow updates”-click “No”- back to home page by pressing “Home”

Update option
turn off update option

A jolly carefree printing journey with our v4ink can start off right now!

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What’s the difference between M404n and M404dn?


Each letter in the printer model name stands for its intrinsic features. Under no guidance but a concise functional introduction, “M”, “d”, “n”, “f” and “w” are quite perplexing for a rookie. Before you fold up this page and go for a random purchase, why not get started right now to take a 5-min induction course?

General Conception of the Letters

M- Monochrome

Printer only prints black and white paper. Not for color printing. It simply applies black toner cartridge.


Printer can print double-sided printout automatically without manual action to reopen the paper tray and flip over the paper.


Printer needs to be configured with wired network connection by linking to a cable to LAN port. It doesn’t support WI-FI. Some models urge a Ethernet connection with PC or Laptop to execute order.


Printer is not singularly a printing machine, but also works for facsimile.


Printer features WI-FI connectivity. Just contrary to the “N”, the printer does not support wired network.

NW-Wired and Wireless network

The printer can utilize Wired or Wireless network. Each of them is able to serve as a back-up plan if one causes malfunction, and will be disabled if the other is being connected (Refer to the relevant user guidebook)

Done with the aforesaid overview, now we can switch to the main characters we going to talk about: HP Laser Jet PRO M404n and M404dn.

Meaning of the printer's letters

Product Feature

We present a chart below to mark the “With” or “Without” about their configuration.

comparison of the function

What makes M404dn outperform lies in its automatic double-sided printing, whilst M404n still needs manual handling on that section.

Both two models offer 256MB data storage space. Users can import documents to the printer freely with an USB for intended use. Concerning Ethernet connection, it’s another form of wired connection to build up a local networking through linking the printer to the computer.

Monochrome Printing

These two print Black and white paper. Cannot cover color printout such as photographs.

Monochrome printer meets the substantial demand of someone whose business is in need of a large amount of documents or contracts. It’s always designed in a compact size. Space-saving feature makes it prevailing in the market, appealing to parents or college students. Best for home or dorm.

Compatible Consumables

HP Laser Jet PRO M404n and M404dn printer should be installed with CF258A or CF258X toner cartridge. A is a standard toner cartridge with regular 3,000 page yields, while X represents large-capacity toner cartridge with approximately 10,000 pages output.

There is also another question that makes customers feel at sea. Why the compatible toner looks so different from the original toner? Now is time to demystify. Each manufacturers reserve their own patent right to safeguard respective intellectual property including designs, therefore, compatible toners will be various in shape, so do v4ink CF258A and CF258X compatible no-chip toner. But please be reassured, my friends. V4ink CF258A standard toner cartridge and CF258X high-yield toner cartridge are well-designed, and match HP Laser Jet PRO M404n and M404dn printer perfectly.

CF258A and CF258X toner are applicable for: HP Pro M404n M404dn M404dw Printer; HP Pro MFP M428fdw M428fdn Printer; HP Enterprise M430f M406dn Printer

CF258A & CF258X Installation

Preamble: Apart from remanufactured toner cartridge, v4ink cf258a and cf258x compatible toners both necessitate chip-removal steps. That means customers have to remove the chip from the used original cf258a/x cartridge with our special custom-made reset tool. After it’s done, you can take out all of the protective covers/seals/papers (We have indication), put the toner into the printer’s compartment to complete the entire installation.

That will be absolutely easy to handle, user-friendly and beginner-friendly. Just start by viewing the full-scale chip-removal guidelines. (Applicable for v4ink CF258A/CF258X)

Precautions for installation

Sometime a careless misplacement of the chip will set the customer back. Beware that the chip ought to be inserted in a correct direction.

An indication picture is next to the chip slot, which you can follow it.

chip installation

Make sure the chip is aligned with the plastic ridge.

chip installation

Misplacement of the chip will trigger a wrong signal on the LCD screen. So please double confirm if the chip is firmly inserted before the final installation into the printer. If a wrong signal keeps reminding, please discharge the toner from the printer, readjust the chip’s position, and put it back later to dismiss the error.

What if the error fails to be dismissed, even though there is nothing wrong with the chip? With the OEM chip applied into our v4ink cf258a/cf258x toner, the printer will mention “Black Cartridge Very Low”. It represents the old cartridge’s capacity only, not for the new one. It’ll be back into normal as you skip the message.

Questions Proposed by Users

We summarize some regular problems or questions put forward by other users.

  1. Printer warns “Low on toner, please replace”.

Tips: Print a test paper to verify the toner volume. If low capacity, just replace with a new one. In another situation that the toner is just installed without much use, please review the printing setting and the internet connection, and ensure they are well set. Or you can try to reinstall the toner to correct misplacement issue. (Not applicable for compatible non-chipped toner)

  1. Cannot use Wifi.

Tips: Please be cautious that these two printers do not provide wifi connection function. They use Ethernet instead.

  1. Requiring a reset of the system.

Tips: HP Printers notify the user of firmware upgrading from time to time. If “Auto” update is turned on, the printer will reset the upgrading. In case of any disruption, customer can turn off that setting.

  1. Paper jams.

Tips: The user manual of HP printer entails a detailed troubleshooting regarding paper jam and its jam area. Please refer to the related section of the manual.

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What is “No chip” and “With chip”?

v4ink CF258A compatible toner

How do I know if the toner cartridge I purchased has a chip or not? Do they make sense to the printer? How can I use the “No-chip” product?…

We received these questions from our presale-customer on and on, and hereby we would like to make a concise introduction, and also give some tips to our v4ink followers for picking the correct compatible toner cartridge without further concerns.


Precisely speaking, “No-chip” means toner cartridge doesn’t have a smart chip inlayed on it, whereas “With chip” can be defined as the chip-built-in one.

At present, No-chip compatible toner could be itemized the following models:

CF258A, CF258X, 414A, 414X, 215A, 206A, 206X, 134A and 134X

(OEM toner cartridge of above models originally contains the chip inside. Some sellers recycle the used OEM toner and remanufacture them for reuse.)

Chip photo

Prerequisite for using No-chip & With-chip toner

By way of illustration, we’ll refer to v4ink CF258A No-chip toner and CF258A with-chip toner (Also applicable for below paradigms)

To use No-chip CF258A toner:  


1. An OEM chip or OEM CF258A toner is demanded. 2. A custom-made tool (Included in the package) and a hammer (Not offered).

5-min chip-installation guidelines:

Below video unveils v4ink’s exclusive methodical approach

To use CF258A remanufactured  & with-chip version toner: 

Skip the chip-installation steps, and just place the toner cartridge into the printer as always.

Suitable printer model

Both with-chip and no-chip toner (after accomplished aforesaid chip-installation process) fits the same model printer.

e.g. CF258A toner is compatible with HP Pro M404n, M404dn, M404dw, Pro MFP M428fdw M428fdn Printer; HP Enterprise M430f M406dn Printer, only if the toner is implanted with the chip.

How the chip works

A chip is a must-have for some compatible printers to recognize the cartridge itself for the purpose of printing performance as well as normal functioning. The smart chip is being encoded to connect the existing system of the printer, archiving the toner level permanently. When the chip malfunctions, PC and printer will report the issue through a message to point out the poor connection. Regarding the compatible or remanufactured toner inlayed with the OEM chip, an issue like LCD stating “Cartridge Low” is basically a volume record from the original cartridge.

In response, users can restore that error by simple inspection: 1. Make sure the chip is intact, and re-install the toner cartridge. 2. Confirm the volume and replace the exhausted toner. 3. Skip out the error by opting for “Ok” button. 4. Chip are supposed to be installed in the exact position (For chip-reset toner only)

Reset the chip

Equipment: A resilient cushion is laid at the bottom of the chip slot.

Method: Slightly press the rim of the cushion; insert the chip in a designated direction with reference to the pic pasted aside.

Inspection: Double-check the chip’s position; Chip ought to line up with the middle plastic ridge.

v4ink correct chip-installation position

Quality assurance

V4ink compatible no-chip toner and remanufactured toner perform as well as the original toner does. They conform to ISO/IEC19752 criterion, being examined by covering color hue, lifespan, firmness, dropping, and temperature. Those make them excel in yielding out fixed and sharp printouts.

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Which one performs better, HP 58A vs 58X?

v4ink CF258A/CF258X compatilbe toner(No-chip)

Many printer users are trying to figure out the difference between HP 58A and HP 58X toner, and eager to choose a more exceptional one for their printers. Here below is a brief summary that we gonna share with you guys.

Round- 1 Page Yield

v4ink 58A(CF258A) toner can yield out 3,000 pages, whilst 10,000 pages for 58X (CF258X) All the tested paper meets the specified industrial requirement: Page yield counted by printouts with 5% coverage per A4 /Letter-size paper.

v4ink CF258A CF258X page yield

Round- 2 Applicable Printer

CF258A toner and CF258X toner are both compatible for the SAME model printers: HP Pro M404n M404dn M404dw Printer; HP Pro MFP M428fdw M428fdn Printer; HP Enterprise M430f M406dn Printer

Accordingly, CF258A standard toner and CF258X high-yield toner are interchangeable. You can select either of these two models for your intended use.

Round- 3 Ideal Working Scenario

When in the middle of the work, none of you wishes to waste time to replace an empty toner cartridge frequently, especially for the regular printing job. If you are in quest of a large-capacity toner, High-yield model 58X seems to be the very one.

Does 58X cost a lot to get more pages? No. V4ink HP 58X toner, possessing the same superlative standard powder, brings you a more carefree experience. Lower Cost, Higher Efficiency. 

v4ink CF258A vs v4ink CF258X

Come and Cherry-pick your ideal working partner!

What do v4ink HP 58A/X users care most about?

  1. What’s No-chip means?

That product does not contain a chip for printer to read. Customer is required to prepare an OEM chip, which can be gotten from the OEM toner. The package includes a toolkit for the beginner.

  1. Is it easy to work on removing and installing the OEM chip?

Yes. 4 steps literally with user-friendly guidelines.

  1. Is the chip only use for 1 v4ink 58A/X toner cartridge?

No. The chip can be used with new v4ink 58A/X toners up to 3 times.

CF258A toner chip-installation instruction
  1. What is the best before for this toner?

18 months for the unopened item. For the installed toner, please use the toner asap. V4ink toner cartridges pass the stringent QC test before coming into market. They’re stable and easy to store.

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What does the OEM chip use for?

v4ink CF258A compatible toner cartridge

What is OEM?

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) means the owner possess the patent, R&D, know-how of a sort of technology, which is defined as a technology-based production mode. OEM chip, in other words, is being patented and branded with the owner, being embedded in the product for its relevant electronic machine to identify.

How does the chip work in the printer?

Currently, most of the laser jet printer will require a toner equipped with a chip to work together. By doing so, the powder capacity can be well detected on the one hand, and the toner cartridge is able to make its optimum performance for another. In a nutshell, chip serves as an intermediary between the product and the machine.

OEM chip

Can make the toner work WITHOUT chip?

NO. You probably notice that there are multiple NO-CHIP compatible toner models produced by other manufacturers such as HP 58A, HP 58X toner. They are all in different structures as well we designs.

For your well understanding, let’s take our v4ink No-chip version cf258a(HP 58A) toner cartridge as an example. This type of toner cartridge does not include chip. But as its related printer models (Shown as below) need the chip to recognize the toner, we may need the customer to make sure they have the OEM chip on hand from the get-go.

Compatible model for CF258A toner: HP Pro M404n M404dn M404dw Printer; HP Pro MFP M428fdw M428fdn Printer; HP Enterprise M430f M406dn Printer

How can I get an OEM chip? And what should I do next?

Once the original HP 58A toner cartridge is completely consumed, you can remove the OEM chip from that empty cartridge with the toolkit, and insert the chip into the slot on the compatible No-chip HP 58A toner cartridge prior to installation.

For the auxiliary toolkit, v4ink has prepared a white tailor-made and the tweezers to render our each v4ink friends a hassle-free user experience when they perform chip embedment.

Click the following video for an overall DIY process:

NOTE: The above video is also applicable for our v4ink CF258X(HP 58X) No-chip toner

After the chip is firmly seated, no further action to take but to install the toner as usual.

Is the OEM chip reusable?

Yes. But it can be used for 3 times. OEM chip does have its lifespan. With reference to CF258A and CF258X toner, an OEM chip is able to work for 3 pcs v4ink No-chip compatible toners. The outcome is based on the printing standard at an average color density≥1.40 to guarantee that the printing quality is in line with the original cartridge.

v4ink CF258A compatible toner cartridge

Don’t wanna handle chip embedment?

It’s no brainer. You can choose v4ink remanufactured CF258X toner cartridge. It’s a High-yield toner comes with an OEM chip. Both CF258A and CF258X are compatible for the printer mentioned above.

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