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What printer should I buy?
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J_D_

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 12:45    Post subject:  What printer should I buy?  

Using Tahr, 6.05 fresh frugal install on a Toshiba A105 S2141. About a 9 year old laptop that just works great. I need a printer. I print so little that the cartridges dry out, not run out of ink. $100 budget. Easy install please.
For the record, Ive always just booted Windows for printing but I hate that. My old HP 6100 would think it was printing from Tahr but only gave me blank pages.

Please suggest a printer.
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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:03    Post subject:  

Thermal wax or one that uses thermal paper.
I also think you can buy pre-inked paper that you put in any impact printer sans the ribbon.

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J_D_

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:04    Post subject:  

Looking at this.
http://linuxdeal.com/Printer-Deskjet-F2430
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:06    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
Thermal wax or one that uses thermal paper.
I also think you can buy pre-inked paper that you put in any impact printer sans the ribbon.


No just regular paper for documents.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:10    Post subject:  

That will dry out!!

A thermal Wax printer uses plain paper.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:20    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
That will dry out!!

A thermal Wax printer uses plain paper.


I am ok with it drying out. I just want a simple printer with a simple install.
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J_D_

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 13:48    Post subject:  

Is wireless/ethernet better or easier to install, than a USB connection or does it matter ? Im ok with hooking up cables when I print. Most of the time the printer is in a desk drawer unplugged anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 14:07    Post subject:  

Then use USB
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 14:11    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
Then use USB


Sounds good. How about a HP Laserjet 1102 ?Do the toner cartidges dry out ?
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 14:18    Post subject:  

No, the toner cartridges used in laser printers are already a dry powder, so they don't dry out. If all you want is black and white, definitely get a laser printer. The process by which the toner is put on the paper is basically the exact same idea as a xerox copier.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 14:31    Post subject:  

Flash wrote:
No, the toner cartridges used in laser printers are already a dry powder, so they don't dry out. If all you want is black and white, definitely get a laser printer. The process by which the toner is put on the paper is basically the exact same idea as a xerox copier.


Thanks. Hoping someone has an easy install story.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 16:58    Post subject:  

They have this for less than $100 at Best Buy. Think I will go for it. Opinions ??
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-HL-2270DW-Compact-Wireless-Networking/dp/B00450DVDY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1455743092&sr=1-1&keywords=HL-2270DW
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 20:00    Post subject:  

That printer looks like it has linux driver support, which is obviously a good start.

Instructions for installing a brother printer in puppy can be found here:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=42533

And Flash is 100% correct in his recommendation of Laser as the way to go. A laser printer can sit there for years, and then work when you switch it on, due to the "dry" nature of the toner.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 20:06    Post subject:  

p310don wrote:
That printer looks like it has linux driver support, which is obviously a good start.

Instructions for installing a brother printer in puppy can be found here:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=42533

And Flash is 100% correct in his recommendation of Laser as the way to go. A laser printer can sit there for years, and then work when you switch it on, due to the "dry" nature of the toner.




Thanks. Laser, for sure. The starter toner is suposed to be good for 700 pages. I dont think Ive printed 700 pages in my life, and I'm pretty old. I may buy it and if I get into trouble, I guess I can come back here, whining for help. Very Happy
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ndujoe1

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 20:09    Post subject:  

Collective advise in our computer club. Send your photos to be printed at Walgreens, Walmart, etc.

Stick to inexpensive B/W Laser Jet printer the toners will last a long time and usually you can obtain replacements at lower costs.
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