[LAU] OT: printers

Stephen Stubbs theother1510 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Sep 15 02:29:16 UTC 2011

On 9/14/2011 8:35 PM, Ken Restivo wrote:
> Does such a mythical beast as an affordable, reliable printer whose cartridges don't cost more than the printer, really not exist?
> (Also, works with CUPS on Linux, in such a way that it actually presents useful ERROR MESSAGES, instead of just unhelpfully blinking a light over and over with no details as to what exactly is wrong?)
I use an HP LaserJet 6L, circa 1996, black only print, 600dpi.  It uses 
the C3906A cartridge that costs around $35 including shipping (in the 
USA) from 4InkJets in Paramount, California.  I may go through 1 
cartridge every 2 years or so.  Like you, I don't print very much.

When it comes to hardware peripherals, I look to HP (Hewlett-Packard) 
first.  I've always been able to download the product manual from the HP 
site for any of their discounted products.

The LaserJet6L works fine with Linux Fedora 12 and Windows 7.

Unfortunately, the LaserJet6L doesn't quite meet your requirement that 
the cartridges don't cost more than the printer.  I found the LaserJet6L 
beside a trash dumpster around 7 years ago.  $0 cost to purchase the 
printer.  GRIN.

It has a Centronics printer port on the LaserJet6L.  I bought a HP 
jetdirect 170x external print server for ethernet connection.  This 
allowed me to connect the LaserJet6L to my home network ethernet 
router.  Thus the LaserJet6L is my network printer.  Now I don't have to 
worry about laptops or the newer motherboards not having a Centronics 
printer port.

Check out Ebay or other internet marketplaces.  The old HP equipment was 
built to last.

Good Luck,

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