Tags: laser printer

03/31/12

  03:27:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1112 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Networking, Ubuntu, Windows, Printers, Scanner

I got a Brother DCP-7065DN

In a rather impulsive move, I bought a Brother DCP7065DN Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Copier via an Amazon Lightning Deal!

I had been considering getting a new laser printer for a very long time. I had ditched my old Brother HL-630 laser printer about a dozen years ago. This was a crappy printer from the start...with its grey background problem that they never seemed to resolve. Had gotten it from Future Shop of years way gone by....where it had been a special buy for them...so they were selling them really cheap. Kind of like the Canon BJ-5e bubble jet printer I had gotten before.... (It was a BJ-10e, but made cheaper just for them. And, used a special ink cartridge not used by any other model from Canon...at the time. Otherwise, I often wish I still had it....though when I moved from Canada to the US, it became kind of a problem to get ink for.)

So, after the Brother HL-630 was scrapped....I spent a long time thinking about my next laser printer....I was heavily leaning towards getting an HP Laser printer....so it was going to likely take a very long time before I would make a move. And, then I started to lean towards getting a Color Laser Printer.....and then I wanted built-in Duplex. And, having been spoiled by the HP Photosmart 8450xi, it also needed network capability....

There was an HP Color Laser printer that seemed to fit the bill, and it was popping up on sale now and then. But, then I upgraded to Windows 7...and found that not only is my old Photosmart 8450xi no longer fully supported in Windows 7, neither is the HP Color Laser printer that I had been considering.

So, that nixed wanting to jump on it the next time it went on sale. (Sale as in cheaper than it would cost to buy 4 new toner cartridges for it.)

So, the search continued....I started looking at Brother again....in current models, something like the HL-4150CDN or the HL-4570CDWT.... but, then I was introduced to a multifunction printer. Which actually was kind of useful. Being able to scan a document onto a USB drive. And, there's always the once a year or so occasion, where somebody wants me to fax something. I used to have a fax machine...first a dedicated thermal fax type thing, and later a refurbished HP OfficeJet v40xi. A power surge took out my first fax machine...and then a few years later...living in the same apartment still....a power surge took out the HP OfficeJet....

So, I then started to consider printers like the Brother MFC-9560CDW....plus the idea of color copying seemed useful, especially duplex color copying.

Of course, now its getting expensive to start and expensive to keep....

I also had this issue of printing envelopes....a capability I had lost when I upgraded to Windows 7. The Dymo Labelwriter that I had gotten from stamps.com didn't work on Windows 7. And, I didn't really want to buy a new Dymo Labelwriter to keep this capability. Eventually I canceled stamps.com, though still have the occasional postage need....which it would be nice if I could still print postage, etc. Think there are cheaper ways than stamps.com, but probably not from Linux.

But, then last December while visiting my parents...my dad snapped up a Brother HL-2270DW, and this was a pretty decent little printer. It was on sale for the holidays...but it does PCL emulation. I wish I had just gotten one of these for myself then, too.

Instead, I started to reconsider whether I really needed color laser. Around year end...there were things I needed scanned or copied, for things like taxes and FSA...so I was still was still leaning towards getting a multifunction printer of some sort. And, I kind of fell for the Samsung SCX-47xxFN, and then later the Samsung SCX-4828FN (about $400). The 4828FN adding Postscript emulation. I've always wanted a postscript printer....

Though these are still expensive printers. These ones had fax....and I did have to need to send a fax once this year, so far. If I were to leave out fax, it should've been something like the Brother DCP-8085DN (about $350)....which would've had duplex copying, and both PCL and PS emulations.

But, instead the Brother DCP-7065DN showed up as an Amazon Lightning deal for $80 (50% off)....I did a quick google search to see if it work on Linux, and some sites seemed to say it had PCL and PS as well. And, bought it.

Well...apparently its common in the industry to make similar internals/firmware across their product line with different features available or not, etc. And, Brother didn't even bother to remove PCL and PS from the capabilities page that the printer spits out or not advertise the LPD queues for these modes in its network info. But, trying to use the queues is like sending to /dev/null. This particular printer is only GDI (so in someways worse than the HL-2270DW ... currently about $120. And, then there's an HL-2280DW for about $10 more, and adds a scanner....a network scanner would be useful. Though a standalone scanner would be more useful during my situation where my primary desktop is dead.

But, I was able to get the DCP-7065DN working from my Ubuntu server, after following some websites on the subject. Namely..the detail that they only provided 32-bit deb's, and I have a 64-bit Ubuntu Server. I haven't tried the scanning feature, since the printer sits by TARDIS...and I have my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M working on my Ubuntu server....though not sure if I've gotten the two-sided scanning part to work. So far the bills that I've needed to scan for FSA reimbursement have been one-sided.

But, the DCP-7065DN doesn't have a duplex ADF...so it doesn't provide an alternative. And, my other scanner is a Fujitsu ScanSnap S300! (I bought the Mac only S300M on a Black Friday sale, and back when I used to bring work macbook pro home now and then. Later I got the S300, when I had more FSA money to spend and wanting faster turn around...but wasn't bring the macbook pro home anymore.) A regular flatbed scanner has been on my wishlist...perhaps the DCP-7065DN will satisfy that need. Something to probably check out after I get around to finally upgrading TARDIS.

So, while it was a problem to find that the DCP-7065DN is only a GDI printer...it does currently work from Ubuntu...and sharing it out from my Ubuntu server is interesting. There's no native DCP-7065DN driver in Windows XP, but I just pick some Postscript printer driver...and that worked. And, it looks pretty good (compared to the early days of ghostscript...)

What what I'll do when I finally get around to rebuilding my Windows 7 desktop????

04/20/11

  11:35:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 3081 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC, Storage

Zen is back, with a little help from Acronis True Image Home 2011

.... kind of, though more not.

Three weeks ago today, Zen locked up. And, when it came back...it wasn't all there. It was bad....stuff wouldn't run, missing or corrupt system dlls, etc. Well, I did buy Acronis True Image Home 2011 the weekend before, and I had got nonstop backups going for a few days...and it seemed to show that it had replaced the old backup settings (image back only). And, trying to go into "Backup and Restore" launched Acronis True Image Home....

Guess I will restore the system to a previous time earlier that day. Seems the last time was about 6 hours back (and there were other weird gaps) later I read that non-stop isn't really non-stop...it'll pause if the machine is 'too busy'. Problem is it thinks BOINC is the machine being 'too busy'....didn't figure this out until later.

But, I went for it. After doing the restore, it rebooted...and...poof, I have nothing. Well, it went into HP's recovery partition instead. And, the only option enabled there is to restore the system to factory. After some cursing, I figured I'd go ahead, reinstall Acronis True Image Home and try again with an earlier time. While, that was happening, I had gotten onto another computer to do some surfing to see if there was some alternative way to invoke the restore, having not used the create restore cd option yet.

I found that I could download an iso from acronis, that was the same as what the software would've created and boot with that. So, instead of completing the initial setup screens of the freshing restored to factory...I booted from that. And, then tried looking for an earlier restore time.

Well, that interface is pretty bad. The worst part is that it sorts non-stop backup times alphabetically....so 1:59 is followed by 10:00, and then 11 and 12, before 2:00 shows....and AM & PM, those are at the end of the string...so PM times are interleaved into the AM times. Well, I remembered what time I had restored to previously, so I had a starting time to search for and try to guess backwards to a suitable restore time. There was a huge gap, now it was a busy 'vacation' day. I had a doctor appoint in the morning and then an MRI in the afternoon. The first restore attempt had been to a time shortly after returning from the MRI. The next backup times were for a period after I had returned from the doctor appointment. Might be okay....I would probably lose one Quicken transaction, but I could easily put that back (entering that I had paid co-pay)...I had read emails then as well as after the MRI, but I didn't recall anything too important that I had to get back having come in since my morning email check.

So, off it went....oh the first restore attempt took hours and I had gone to bed hoping to find Zen back in the morning. Now the next day, I was running a bit late for work...but I got it going, with it reformatting and updating partition settings first and I hoped to come home from work and be up and running again.

Well, that's not what I found. I was back at the HP Recovery Partition screen. So, I rebooted from the Acronis recovery disk, and this time I hit the search for backups option to see if it might find anything else. I figured it was worth a shot, while I mulled over the idea of starting over from scratch....at least I had the stuff in backuppc (sort of). Well, it did find something else...it found some image backups...odd. I had played around the option in Acronis True Image Home, but thought I had opted to go with non-stop backups and a fresh start with the external drive.

But, it seemed to be valid images and it was from the night before the crash. So, I used that to restore. I only made one mistake, where I marked the C: drive as active instead of the hidden system partition. Booting a GParted Live CD, I switched things back and that got me going again. Now while I was in the GParted Live CD, I noticed that it saw two internal drives...instead of the Intel Matrix RaidVol. I suppose that means the Intel ICH8R Matrix Raid is actually another FakeRAID, and after some searching around I found it to be true.

Hmmm, wonder if I shouldn't have bothered ordering the system as RAID1 then? Years ago, I had built a PC using FakeRAID...and it was kind of a mess after the motherboard failed (around the time where lots of motherboard makers were having trouble with counterfeit capacitors.) Yet, I'm considering building a machine from scratch again.... :hmm:

Wonder if it being FakeRAID is why after crashes it messes up the RAID, and has to initialize again (was scary seeing that the first time)...and then verify and fix errors.... wonder if this is going to happen every time Windows 7 fails to shutdown safely?

Oh well, try the boot....and success its all working again. I then look at the backup drive to see what I had restored from. Well, before I setup Acronis True Image Home 2011, I had been using Microsoft's image backup option, and scheduled it to run every Tuesday night. And, it usually runs on through to Wednesday night. Though it did seem to not take as much time lately....guess Zen also getting hit by backuppc at night was slowing the image backup down. I had looked at blocking out that night in backuppc, And, at this particular time...there was no hit from backuppc, because I had taken I was in the process of building a new array (I plan to write about that later) I was between backups.

Guess I'll leave Microsoft's image backup going...since it worked. Though it has one annoying negative. It removes the previous backup before creating the new backup, and if something goes wrong...no backups.

Meanwhile, I couldn't get non-stop backup to go again...probably a mismatch in state or something?

I then dig through the non-stop backup and restore a few files that had changed since the image backup.

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12/20/10

  12:53:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 576 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Home, Furnishings

Staples Desley Mesh Task Chair, Gray

Link: http://www.staples.com/Staples-Desley-Mesh-Task-Chair-Gray/product_807574

So, recently I pulled the trigger on getting a new computer....which I'm sure I'll write about later, so I won't talk about it now.

But having done so, there was the problem of making room for a new computer. Since the new computer is to replace my current, it isn't so much space to put the new computer...but rather space to move the old computer to.

For a long time, I've thought about clearing a corner in the bedroom I use as a storeroom. Originally the plan was to locate a network laser printer to this space. It is very doubtful that I would have the juice to handle a laser printer in the living room, and probably definitely not when the the fuser fires up. Though one would hope that things have come forward to the point where it isn't as bad as the Xerox 4045 I once owned. I had snake power from another part of my house to run it, and it would still dim everything. I had already cleared networking an an outlet towards this possibility.

That probably won't happen in the near future now...

Anyways, I launched into plans to make the space happen....I had a printer stand that would free up with some work, that would go into this space....I would just use it as a computer stand in the new plan. But, it would need a chair. So, I did a quick online search....Amazon Prime was the usually first place. Though I had wish-listed some other options from Staples. But, I'm on a budget right now....so I went looking for less expensive options. First Amazon.com, and the Staples.com. I was looking for a mesh chair...nothing with a mesh seat in my current price range though. But, I noticed that the current Weekly Ad for Staples.com had a simple mesh task chair for $29.99 ($20 off).

Well, that's very cheap....since the plan doesn't have spending a lot of time at this computer, it should be more than adequate...otherwise I would want a chair with arm rests and a bit more adjust-ability.

The only hard part of the ordering process, was that staples.com kept apologizing for being down....

So, I spent the weekend working on clearing a spot for printer stand and a chair....as I went along, I decided to free up more and more space. If all goes well now, there will be a small computer desk going into the space as well. Considering something from Staples.com, and this week's Weekly Ad. I may yet do the network printer in this space, in fact I'm considering just moving my current printer (HP Photosmart 8450xi, which I am using networked)...since I'm probably going to need all the desk space with the new computer...and a pair of 23" wide-screen monitors.

Anyways, the chair arrived today...and I decided that before I had lunch I would set it up. Turned out to be really easy to put together...everything was included, along with extras. And, it was a lot better quality than I expected for the price. But, its still very basic. Though I wish I had gotten two. I could've finally replaced the chair that's falling apart in front of the computers in the other bedroom that's computers and clutter. Guess I'll have to keep an eye out....or stick with the plan to eventually get a much better chair in the living room and move that one.

So, wonder if I should get another chair mat or two...

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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