Duplex Laser Printer
Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:55 PM
First off, it will be used to printout a few multi-hundred page PDFs. I want it to print double sided so I can make reference 'books' (really three ring binders)
Second, Someday I might like to make some PC boards and have read where there is a transfer method that uses laser printer print outs. That sounds interesting but is not a requirement.
I've seen this... http://www.amazon.co...x/dp/B000BQ535K. It looks promising.
Anyone have any experience with this printer? Know of any 'gotchas' that I need to know about? Know of a better one for similar cash?
It won't be used alot... just really heavy for 300 or so pages at a time, then pretty much it'll be sitting idle until I get some other half-cocked idea to run with.
btw: Compatibility with Linux would be nice.
Posted 04 February 2008 - 03:18 PM
Posted 05 February 2008 - 06:55 AM
For the circuit board transfers, any laser printer should work. It depends more on the type of paper you use for the transfers (I've heard of people using gloss photo paper and glossy magazine pages, like National Geographic or similar).
Posted 05 February 2008 - 11:30 AM
Was reading through the specs on that printer I was looking at, and see it draws 600w at full load. Is high wattage the norm for laser printers?
Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:00 AM
No problems... the thing is churning out a manual like there is no tomorrow..
and the duplex is working great... (duplex no tumble)
odd smell though... gotta get used to that ionization odor... & damn those pages come out pretty warm.. toasty.. and am I hallucinating or can I taste the toner in the air?? kinda metalic
Just thought I'd throw this out there if anyone else has any problems.
I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 with the printer hooked up the parallel port.
All together I am happy with it.. now to find some pre-punched 3 hole paper...
Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:41 AM
I was having problems with printing PDFs under Debian to the office LaserJet 4000 printer, and remedied it by installing the cupsys-bsd package, routing all the printing through lp/lpr. I guess it's the same as doing it manually, as you did -- if you use an app like xpdf, it lets you specify the print command, too.
High current draw is always a problem with laser printers -- most UPS's have a warning against inductive loads and laser printers.
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