dot matrix printer

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Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:59 am Post

You people solve your problems better than me...than I...than me...I do not solve my problems as well as you people.

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Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:17 pm Post

UPDATE: laser printer it is

yeah, the dot matrix dealy wasn't working out that well. first of all, it continuously lost connection to the pc (by way of the parallel to usb cable) and for some reason, when printing certain kinds of documents, insisted on flipping portrait and landscape orientations... the only real way to know is try printing a test and if it flipped, just select the other... argh.

what i liked about the dot matrix idea was the analog falloff - the printer didn't tell me when the ink was done. i could just see it for myself with my own eyes and could print until literally nothing printed... this was not my experience with ink jet printers which locked you out at a certain point.

i've read lasers do that as well... but in addition to the fact that the toner lasts for much longer without requiring "head cleanings" that use up ink, you can HACK LASER PRINTERS! ... re=g-all-u ... inter.html

i'm not getting that printer - i'm getting ... 00_s00_i00

but that has hacks of its own through the printer settings menu as well as mechanically.

dang... should have asked about this on the forum before i got the dot matrix... oh well, $40 lesson learned!

anyhoo, thanks for the info fellows... hopefully, this will solve my printing needs for the foreseeable future.


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Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:00 pm Post

I just bought that exact Brother printer... haven't used it much, but so far, so good.

Setup on a Mac, Windows and Linux machine was reasonably painless, although if you are going to use the wireless, the first setup needs to be with a USB cable in most circumstances.


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Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:56 pm Post

I brought a Samsung CLP300 Laser printer 6 years ago. It cost me around £45 in (cheap copy) toner to use it for 5 years hundreds of pages of colour and thousands of black and white. When it died last year I replaced it with its equivalent model from the current Samsung calalogue. :mrgreen:

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Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:15 pm Post

I had a NEC printer for ... a lot of years. Undestroyable, I'm sure it's still working somewhere. But if you wanted to have your novel printed out on normal paper, you had to insert every sheet separately by hand. Printing 300 pages took a whole day. Although I tend strongly to nostalgia, I was glad when laser printers became affordable and wouldn't want to go back.

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Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:34 pm Post

I see this is a painfully old thread, but if anyone is using a Brother printer, you might try the following to extend toner life:

Open the front cover and leave open while completing the following steps:
Turn the printer off.
Hold the 'go' button while turning the printer on. All panel lights should be on.
Release the 'go' button.
Press the 'go' button 2 times.
Press the 'go' button 5 times.
The toner light should be off.
The paper light should be on.
Close cover. The ready light should be the only light on.
Something else I have done is tape over both sight lenses on the cartridge.