Printers / Toddlers

Well, here’s something I never get to talk about, printers. I’m actually in my home office right now, on my day off from school and today me and my dad have to print out like a thousand invitations for, umm something vague. Anways here’s the challenge, do this in one day. Now when we got the challenge, our old printer was already dying, a nice and wonderful Brother Hl-1440, wow i know that from memory. Lasted us about 5 years, the toner cartridge was wearing out from so many refills, roller worn out, and when buying a new cartridge for 80$ was very temping we just decided to go for a new 80$ printer. Now why was the old printer so great? Well, this model not only was super easy to install under Windows, Mac and Linux, but was pretty much universal plug and play, only had one button and one on / off switch with a large 200+ paper capacity. The original reason we bought that as our first laser printer was because someone recommended it and it had a Parallel Printer Port, (Back then our computer had no USB!) And well the toner lasted a real long time and due to it’s black and white simplicity made it real good for boring office tasks. Now this printer was not without it’s drawback, it’s measly 4MB of printer ram allowed for minimal resolution for picts and just about everything, text printing was good, photo printing = no. but that’s what Costco’s for. Now let’s stop talking about junk and get to the real techy tech stuff.

How to install Brother HL-1440 under windows XP: To install, make sure you add the printer as a HL-1660 and it will work fine, even though you can download the drivers and install them from the CD, this is faster and it’ll work, no problem. Now to install under Vista and 7 i think they automatically have them, or they will download with the next Windows Update, which is awesomely convienient.

Under MAC OS X : Using Generic Drivers for laser printer works fine.

Under Linux: Most Linux Distros like Ubuntu and Opensuse find it and auto install drivers when you are not looking, and before you know it, a popup tells you printer is installed and connected, you just have to wait. Also there is a series of warning pop ups such as paper missing, out of toner, paper jam, printer on fire, and so on. This is always nice to have. Click on picture, to see printer pop-ups in action!

Haha wow, it turns out that while i was typing up this post, my printer jammed, i took a quick screenshot, and believe it or not this photo is not edited in any way. Lol printer fail, and it’s only 3 days old. I hope I don’t end up regretting buying that small printer.

So after a while the old HL-1440 printer just started dying and we didn’t feel like fixing it when a new printer would cost just the same.And it helps when the dude at the printer repair shop calls your printer a dinasour, push you towards buying a new one.  So next up in the line is the 2270DW Brother Black and White laser printer. Almost the same as the last one but black, smaller, has duplexing and network interfaces. Very worth it for 80$ it also has wireless capabilities but who needs that. For some reason, i couldn’t / didn’t want to find out it’s wireless features, i was too busy trying to get to connect through the network, it worked fine with all the computers and setup was quick and painless, of course i was using linux desktops, one Ubuntu, one OpenSuse and one Debian machine, ohh and one iMac G3 running latest Debian Squeeze, all connected perfectly with the printer. This was nice, and even though on the box it said for Windows and Mac, the website said compatible with Linux and wouldn’t you know it, the site had linux drivers, but i didn’t need to install them becasue the generic drivers worked just fine.

But here are some pictures of my printer adventures!

This is what the inside of our new printer looks like, what all this is, i don’t know. Now you may be wondering why i took this picture, well, let’s zoom out a bit.

The paper’s obviosly coming out the wrong end. See the invitiations we were trying to print out where very thin papers, and to top it off, they used some sort of ink that had a glossy coat on them, meaning that if you used a laser printer to print addresses on them, the glossy ink would bubble, crinkle and thus jam the printer. This problem is very common, and the recomended solution is to use different paper, not possible in our case, so we had to come up with different solutions. One solution that worked for a while was printing it in draft mode. The paper came out faster and bubbled much less, but still jammed because the paper was coming out too fast. So we opened the back and opened a windows and kept that room as cool as possible. Then finally every page started printing out properly. We had to do like over 1000 invitations that day. It’s been a week since we bought that printer and now it’s out of ink. or toner as it should be properly said.

This is our new printer in the new home office setup. Happily and snugly in place. Hopefully it’ll last longer, even though it looks cheap, cause it was.

Also you may have noticed the title, that because some printers behave like toddlers. I don’t wanna!

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Posted on March 28, 2011, in Computers and Internet and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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