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  • I am one of the odd people that has no issues with printers, I love taking them apart and replacing parts to get them working again. They are not as hard as people make them out to be.

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  • There are two kinds of laser printers: good ones and bad ones. If you plan and execute your printer budget with prudence, you will consistently match the task with good laser printers that have the appropriate feature set and capacity. Laser printers by and large for me have always been a good experience. But, that's because I avoid low end printers, I buy only HP and Canon, maintain them properly, and use genuine HP or Canon toner.

    Inkjet printers on the other hand are an abomination. They are unreliable, cheaply-made, produce lackluster output, and their operating cost is several times higher than a well-chosen laser.

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  • They could always be worse and also be a fax machine too(yes I know some people still fax).  

    Or act like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBzItL4NiSM

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  • Printers of all kinds eventually give problems, we have a Xerox MFP that is always a source of trouble which is to be expected since its made of so many moving parts.

    Currently its got a maddening squeak in one of the rollers; I've greased and oiled as much as I can and even had an engineer look it over and at least replaced the mini rollers, but it's still noisy!

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  • At my company we once bought a Xerox ColorQube 8570N after recommendation from a colleague in another branch. Worst purchasing decision ever!! The printer constantly required the waste ink bin (was a solid ink printer)...why was there so much waste? It took around 15 minutes to warm up and actually print. The print nozzles were always clogging up. The solid ink was ridiculously expensive considering how much was wasted.

    After that we purchased an OKI C5750 which loves dropping toner all over the place (both inside and outside of the printer) and yet even that is better than the Xerox given that it was cheaper to buy and cheaper to keep running.

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  • Blair Groves wrote:

    There are two kinds of laser printers: good ones and bad ones. 

    I completely disagree with this statement, the two kinds are "evil" and "completely and utterly, worshiping Satan on the weekends evil". Most desktop/office laser printers fit into the first kind... Xerox Nuvera stuff actively tries to kill you on a regular basis. We have 5 of them and each one of them has attempted to kill me at least twice this week.

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  • Network printers that suddenly decide to change their IP, for NO reason at all.

    *gives it 5 minutes before somebody puts an Office Space meme or quote into the thread*

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  • TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Network printers that suddenly decide to change their IP, for NO reason at all.

    *gives it 5 minutes before somebody puts an Office Space meme or quote into the thread*

    Mmmkay lets see how long it takes....

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  • I have seen the following first-hand in a doctor's office. 

    Even though I had pretty high fevers and was coughing away like mad I could see that the lady working the computer was having trouble. 

    In the office that I went to, they had a laser printer. Why is that important?
    Now a lot of doctor's offices around here are still using old (probably diesel-powered and made of cast iron) dot-matrix printers, because they still do actual carbon copies. I think they're using the printers only be cause they haven't fallen apart yet and can take a beating (i.e. people try to revive them with the blow of a hammer).

    Anyway, for some reason this exponent wasn't working properly.  I asked the lady what was wrong and she told me that since this morning the printer wasnt printing anything and only spewed out blank sheets of paper. The print jobs went into the queue alright, but try as she might, the pieces of paper always came out blank (but toasty warm). From where I was standing, I could see a bit of white medical tape on the top of the device. Out of curiosity - and because I had a suspicion - I asked why they had stuck the tape on there.
    She told me "This thing has very bright blinking lights there and they annoy me. So I taped them over." I suggested to take the tape off for a moment because the blinking lights might try to tell us something.

    Lo and behold, it dit. The toner warning was flashing bright red....
    By the time I left, the toner cartridge had been replaced and the printer was working again properly.


    Also, laser printers hate it when molten plastic is sticking in the fuser unit....

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  • I would have to go on the side of all printing is evil. But i used to work in a large MFG environment where there was a printer every 2 feet and each line had 4 printers on it. It kind of felt like the machines were taking over............ also i feel like this video applies well to all printers! 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQGtucrJ8hM

    

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  • Tim9716 wrote:

    TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Network printers that suddenly decide to change their IP, for NO reason at all.

    *gives it 5 minutes before somebody puts an Office Space meme or quote into the thread*

    Mmmkay lets see how long it takes....

    It's a long five minutes...

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  • I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjsSr3z5nVk

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  • Didn't want to be that guy but have no choice as I have just returned from this exact problem.

    Damn all printers to the depths of hades.

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  • I gotta be honest, I was expecting "PC LOAD LETTER" to come up a lot. That said, I've just had a chippie for lunch and I'm feeling less cynical.

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  • This was one of the best signs on a printer I ever saw


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  • I have to agree with rayaustin2. 

    Sadly we have a contract with a vendor to maintain our printers..... 

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  • rayaustin2 wrote:

    I am one of the odd people that has no issues with printers, I love taking them apart and replacing parts to get them working again. They are not as hard as people make them out to be.

    It's good to know I'm not the only "printer whisperer".

    I find that a #2 Phillips screwdriver can solve 90% of the printer repairs that require disassembly.

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  • The only thing that pisses me off is with Brother Laser printers when you change toner or drum or anything else that goes out on a weekly basis, you have to enter a key sequence to clear the error. If the printer is smart enough to count to 10,000 for every toner replacement error, why isn't it smart enough to clear the error when you change the toner?

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  • This post just made my day :)

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  • Ha!  I JUST overhauled a LasterJet 4050 yesterday.  These things do not die.  Their shelf-life is that of a Twinkie.

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  • I hate printers! And sadly, we have more printers than employees because people are just too Goddamn lazy to walk 10 feet to the printer. Instead, everyone has to have a damn printer on their desk. As a result, our company spends a little over 100k a year on toner. Did I mention that I hate printers?

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  • Network printer =IP mad hatter CHANGE IP'S

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  • Fusers are the best fire starters they are a must when it comes to camping!

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  • Lame pics lol.. If only printers actually did that

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  • The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

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  • Merryworks wrote:

    The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

    I couldn't with these two printers. I was working for a MSP but the printers were managed printers by another company who wouldn't let us breathe near them, let alone actually make them work 100% of the time. 

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  • tonynigwyn wrote:

    Lame pics lol.. If only printers actually did that

    Printers can do that. Certain models can be telnetted into and have their messages changed. It's just an LCD screen.

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  • Some of these are really cute...

    But I'm like rayaustin2... and "I fear NO printer!"

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  • TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Merryworks wrote:

    The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

    I couldn't with these two printers. I was working for a MSP but the printers were managed printers by another company who wouldn't let us breathe near them, let alone actually make them work 100% of the time. 

    Ah... I have the solution for this one... call them everytime the damn thing blinks... if they're not there pronto... call them again... pestering will get you access, guaranteed.  I've done this tons of times with companies that do crap like that...

    Always remember 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease'...


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  • Merryworks wrote:

    The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

    Or create the reservation and leave the printer on DHCP -- another step eliminated. You can also set the hostname using that reservation (DHCP Option 12, I think).

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  • one company I was with had a series of the solid ink printers, the user ran out of ink cubes so they stuffed crayons into the ink slot instead figuring, they were wax just like the ink cubes, took forever to clear out the crayons. Just had to look at them and smile, this is something I almost guarantee my kid would have done, so I could understand the thought process, but seriously?

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  • Emerson1 wrote:

    one company I was with had a series of the solid ink printers, the user ran out of ink cubes so they stuffed crayons into the ink slot instead figuring, they were wax just like the ink cubes, took forever to clear out the crayons. Just had to look at them and smile, this is something I almost guarantee my kid would have done, so I could understand the thought process, but seriously?

    "Why? What's wrong? We peeled the labels off first!"

    (I wonder how many boxes of crayons they had to raid in order to find enough "Cyan"s to fill the tray.)

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  • TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Network printers that suddenly decide to change their IP, for NO reason at all.

    *gives it 5 minutes before somebody puts an Office Space meme or quote into the thread*

    Really? The IP can only change if it is handed out and the lease is used up or if there is a DNS issue. Does the printer use a static IP? If 'yes', it would become a perplexing loss of address, in my mind. One that could be inferred from the printer versus another network software. If the answer, to the above question is 'no', the printer gets it's address from DHCP but seems to loose it randomly and miraculously, then the piece that is probably missing is the user. What I mean by this, is that a user has hit the printer reset and caused a memory reset (which includes its static ip assignment). 
    I love it how they always say 'no' if you ask them if it has been reset. Its like if they stole candy from the candy shop and thought that dad or mom is being unreasonable. 
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  • TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Merryworks wrote:

    The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

    I couldn't with these two printers. I was working for a MSP but the printers were managed printers by another company who wouldn't let us breathe near them, let alone actually make them work 100% of the time. 

    I do not entirely see what the issue is here. Working for an MSP, which manages network's, when you bump into a stubborn document solutions place you should be able to go over them when its necessary. Do you have access to DHCP on the domain controller or another authorized server? All you have to do is go into DHCP and right click on the entry for that printer and then click on reserve. This sort of work will go 100% unobserved by the document solutions company. They probably dont know the IP anyways and they will not notice if it does not change because that is good! 

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  • my thought at the time was where the hell did they get the crayons from, and why did they have crayons in the first place, then I figured best not to ask because I probably didn't want to know the answer anyway

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  • The apology note reminds me of the end of the season 4 finale of Person of Interest when the machine apologizes to Finch. The episode is called YHWH.

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  • Emerson1 wrote:

    my thought at the time was where the hell did they get the crayons from, and why did they have crayons in the first place, then I figured best not to ask because I probably didn't want to know the answer anyway


    From the HR department of course.
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  • One of my users doctored up this LaserJet 4250 that was on the floor - I pulled her out of service, put a rebuild kit in her and now she's serving out her golden age in my office.


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  • jhunsinger wrote:

    I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjsSr3z5nVk


    This is the only good use for a printer.  I would ban every one of them from my network if I could.
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  • thetruth233415 wrote:

    TheRobinsonLovatt wrote:

    Merryworks wrote:

    The simple answer to the printer changing IP's is a DHCP reservation.  Set the printer as static but if someone hard resets the printer, it still grabs the correct IP address.  never had a problem with this.

    I couldn't with these two printers. I was working for a MSP but the printers were managed printers by another company who wouldn't let us breathe near them, let alone actually make them work 100% of the time. 

    I do not entirely see what the issue is here. Working for an MSP, which manages network's, when you bump into a stubborn document solutions place you should be able to go over them when its necessary. Do you have access to DHCP on the domain controller or another authorized server? All you have to do is go into DHCP and right click on the entry for that printer and then click on reserve. This sort of work will go 100% unobserved by the document solutions company. They probably dont know the IP anyways and they will not notice if it does not change because that is good! 

    I don't work there any more, I documented it when I walked away to a better job :)

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  • glennhampton wrote:

    This was one of the best signs on a printer I ever saw


    Haha wow... that is good and cheesy! I like it.
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  • we use cheap hp deskjet printers that I bought at walmart most of the time they say no paper and there is 5 sheets of paper in them

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  • rayaustin2 wrote:

    I am one of the odd people that has no issues with printers, I love taking them apart and replacing parts to get them working again. They are not as hard as people make them out to be.

    Same here, I've never had any massive issues with printers, and any problems there have been I've managed to sort out.

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  • Kyle_Stoker wrote:

    I would have to go on the side of all printing is evil. But i used to work in a large MFG environment where there was a printer every 2 feet and each line had 4 printers on it. It kind of felt like the machines were taking over............ also i feel like this video applies well to all printers! 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQGtucrJ8hM

    


    hahahaha oh so true
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  • ToddTMS wrote:

    Ha!  I JUST overhauled a LasterJet 4050 yesterday.  These things do not die.  Their shelf-life is that of a Twinkie.

    Yes, they just won't die (sadly).  I just love getting them to work with Windows 64-bit.
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  • I don't have many problems with our Laser printers.

    Its the damn Dot Matrix ones I hate.

    They basically took the old Dot Matrix printer slapped a USB interface on it and sent it out. 

    I wish we didn't have to have them. They never print online. Always need adjusting. Changing the settings take forever.

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  • From what I see printing is mostly just waste.  A few weeks back I saw a user print a document so they could scan it and email it..  I was speechless.

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  • Atsur415 wrote:

    From what I see printing is mostly just waste.  A few weeks back I saw a user print a document so they could scan it and email it..  I was speechless.

    Just wait until they go to fax it...... after printing it from a PDF that they received. 

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  • DustinB3403 wrote:

    Atsur415 wrote:

    From what I see printing is mostly just waste.  A few weeks back I saw a user print a document so they could scan it and email it..  I was speechless.

    Just wait until they go to fax it...... after printing it from a PDF that they received. 

    I'll just drop this here:

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  • The pictures alone provided me with a much needed laugh, and the that laugh would not of been possible without laser printers.  So I'd say laser printers are alright with me.

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