A printer is a device used for printing text and/or graphics from the computer.

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Can a printer print white color?

I was reading about different color models, when this question hit my mind. Can the CMYK color model generate white color? Printers use CMYK color mode. What will happen if I try to print a white ...
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Why do printers require drivers?

I've always wondered why I need a 500+ MB printer driver installed on my computer every time I set up a new printer. Why can't computers simply send the file that needs to be printed to a printer and ...
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How can I scan the local network for connected devices? (Mac OS)

I'm basically looking for something like this but available on Mac. I am trying to connect a new workstation to our wireless multifunction printer and I'm having a hell of a time getting the device ...
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Why does toner always run out on the left side of the printed page first?

In every laser printer I have ever used, when toner is running out, it becomes evident on the left hand side of the page before it becomes evident on the right side of the page. The printed matter ...
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When installing additional printer 32-bit drivers fails on Windows 7 64-bit I get the error “Selected printer driver not found”, what should I do?

I've successfully installed Windows 7 (x64) and drivers for my Canon MP510, and have no problem printing with this setup. There is another PC in the network running XP SP3, and I want to share the ...
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Best way to save ink in inkjet printer when rarely used?

I have a semi-nice printer that I use occasionally (say once every 1-4 weeks), with times where I won't touch it for a while then one day print a bunch of pictures or just documents. The use though ...
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Buying a new printer instead of replacing ink? [closed]

With prices of basic printers being around $40 - $50 and a ink cartridge being around $20 - $30 each for black AND color. It costs me more to replace the printer's ink than to just buy a brand new ...
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How can I emulate a 'fake' printer (driver) in Windows?

For testing, my application needs to send a document to the printer. I don't really want to print this out, so I am looking for a 'fake' printer driver which could essentially print to nothing. I know ...
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How NOT to print sheet name and page number in OpenOffice.org Calc?

When I print a spreadsheet in OpenOffice.org Calc (latest version), it keeps adding the name of my current sheet to the top, and a page number to the bottom of my print out. How do I turn this off? ...
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Is it possible to find a printer's physical location in a building by its IP adress?

I am in a school with probably 200+ computers and I did an IP scan among a certain range and found three or four printers. I was wondering if it would be possible to find these printers in the school, ...
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How can I share a printer on Windows 7 x64 with Windows XP x86?

I'm trying to share a printer that's on Windows 7 64-bit with Windows XP 32-bit. I've tried: Using the Add Printer Wizard on XP Selecting network printer Browsing for the printer and selecting it ...
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Does a laser printer use toner when switched on/off

I have an HP LaserJet M175nw laser printer which goes into sleep-mode after 10 minutes of non-use. I know sleep-mode uses a very small amount of power, but the flashing light on the control panel is ...
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What is a UFR II printer driver and why might I use it in preference to another type?

A new printer recently showed up at work. There are an abundance of possible drivers for it applicable to my system (Windows 7, 64 bit) including PCL5, PCL5e, PCL6 and UFR II. I'm familiar with PCL, ...
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Using a printer in Dosbox

I'm trying to find a way to run an old Dos based application that uses a printer connected to the parallel port, I don't think Dosbox supports lpt. I am interested both in using that printer and in ...
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Does printer ink evaporate with time?

I have an HP Photosmart C6300. I bought brand new colour cartridges half year ago and have not used the printer since then. Yesterday when I tried to print something, the ink levels were about 20% ...
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How to completely remove printer from Windows 7

I'm having some issues with my Canon Pixma IP1900 printer - it doesn't respond to any OS requests. I am using Windows 7 x64 with additional Canon drivers and the printer used to work ok, but recently ...
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How can I install a scanner by IP?

I'm trying to install a scanner by IP the same way you would install a printer by IP. I don't want to install the horrible HP Solution Center software but I don't know how to install a network scanner ...
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How do I simulate a parallel (LPT) Printer with a USB Printer?

I have some legacy software that only prints on printers connected via an LPT port. The machine I need to use, however, doesn't have a parallel port. Plus my printer is a USB device. How do I trick ...
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How to change the printer icon displayed in the Control Panel

Printers are displayed in Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers often with a vendor supplied icon. Is it possible to replace that with a custom icon?
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How to fix or exorcise a “Devil” printer that fails to work for more than a few days

Lately, I have been having a problem with a particular printer. Its an HP Laserjet P1006 printer, small compact, almost cute looking, but dont be fooled! For whatever reason, this devil machine hasn't ...
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Color Printer: Laser vs Inkjet

I am about to buy a color printer. I had a B&W Laserjet printer in the past but since then I've used Inkjets for decades. I need a printer that can deliver high quality as these photo Inkjet ...
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How can I print out a PDF substituting pixels for blue pixels?

I have no more black ink in my Canon MP560 printer. All other colors print fine. I need to print out an online train ticket. When I print it out, I can't see any of the page that is in black (most ...
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List printers from command line to text file

Is there a command that can be used from the command line to output a list of the printers installed and their location, if mapped, to a text file? Or perhaps a program that I can run from the command ...
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How do I password protect my printer in Windows 7?

I have two young kids who have gotten rather computer saavy. They love playing their games, especially when it allows them to print out awards or coloring pages. Unfortunately this means that in the ...
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How many pages can I continuously print without damaging the printer?

I have a Brother HL 5340D printer. I have around 6-7000 pages to print. I want to know how many pages I can print continuously. Will it heat up?
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Can modern all in one devices be used as a scanner with empty ink cartridges?

Whilst sheet feeder scanners are quite expensive for even entry level ones, all in one devices with a sheet feeder are surprisingly affordable - I can only assume that this is sold at a loss leading ...
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Is there a way to share a scanner with an Airport Extreme?

I've got an Airport Extreme as my home network's router. (Sidebar: I love it.) The printer sharing is pretty phenomenal - I've got my printer hooked up to the base station and all the machines in ...
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Add Network Printer drivers in Windows 7/Server 2008 R2?

I'm running a 64 bit Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 workstation that I just installed. I need to add a printer that is shared on the network from a 32bit Windows 2000 print server. This is an HP ...
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Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)

My printers don't support automatic duplex printing. I'm looking for a solution for my Mac and Linux computers that I've seen with most Windows printer drivers: Check "Manual duplex" in the printer ...
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Is it dangerous for the computer to plug/unplug monitor/LPT-printer when it is running?

I remember back in the 90s someone told me it was bad for a computer to plug and unplug a monitor or printer (LPT/parallel) into a computer while it was running. Is there still any basis of fact to ...
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Is there a way for a “drivers only” installation for HP printer?

I just purchased my HP Officejet 4500 printer, launched the installation from the CD, and installed the "minimum installation" mode. It installed software for 430 MB, installed Yahoo toolbar, and ...
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Rename a Network Printer in Windows 7

I have a server. The server has some printers connected. It all drivers for x32 & x64 OS plus all defaults set. The server also manages the print queue. I have many workstations, all need to use ...
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How do you rename a printer device in Windows 7 64 bit

I am trying to rename a Printer Device and cannot see how to do it. In XP it was easy?
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Metacode print output under Windows 7

I am trying to move an ancient Windows 3.11-based system into Windows 7. Most of this system is relatively easily transitioned; there are many options for running old apps under Windows 7. However, ...
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Why does my printer stop printing after a few lines and then eject the paper?

HP deskjet 1000, MacOSX 10.6.8 HP Deskjet 1000 J110 series: Status: Idle Print Server: Local Driver Version: 1.3.1 Default: Yes URI: ...
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Laser printer without harmful emissions?

Laser printers, generally speaking, have a higher print quality and lower operating costs than inkjet printers. I've hesitated to replace the inkjet in my office because I'm concerned about harmful ...
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What will happen if i put colored toner in Black white laser printer cartridge

Just out of Curoisity what will happen if i put green color toner in black and white cartridge. Will it print green. I remember in B/W inkjet printer i put the blue ink and it started prinitng blue ...
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Is there a difference between b&w and color printing when the document is black and white anyway?

Is there a difference between b&w and color printing when the document is black and white anyway? In some software we're writing, I'm wondering if I can force the printer to always print in black ...
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Document stuck in printing queue

My sister still has Win XP. She tried to print a document on her USB printer and now it's stuck in the printing queue. I tried the following: Restart the computer Restart the printer Delete the ...
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How do I add a standard TCP/IP printer port from a command line?

Is there a way to use Rundll32.exe tcpmonui.dll,LocalAddPortUI from a command line to add a standard TCP/IP port for a printer? Or any other way to add a standard TCP/IP printer port from a command ...
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How to add a fake, dummy, null printer in CUPS?

I'm writing a piece of software that supports multiple printers. In order to test it, I need to add multiple printers to my CUPS server. How can I do that? I want to add a few fake printers that will ...
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Why does my Canon inkjet printer require two black cartridges?

I am curious why my Canon printer, an MG6320 (but I have also seen this on MG5320 and MG5220), requires me to use two black ink cartridges, one labeled BK and the other labeled PGBK. When I do a ...
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Windows 7 Busy Icon won't stop spinning

In windows 7 you have the busy icon that is a little blue wheel spinning beside the cursor when it is doing something. It has started to spin for about a second every 3-5 seconds. There is noting ...
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Where can I see the printer driver version on Windows?

My problem is that the print is OK on one Windows system and bad on anther system. That I will compare the printer driver versions. Where can i see the driver version of an installed printer driver? ...
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Generic Post Script driver for Windows Vista x64?

I have an old HP parallel port printer that is not supported by Vista. No drivers I've found online work with it. As a last ditch effort, I was hoping to find some generic postscript drivers for ...
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How do I print directly to LPT port in Ubuntu?

While screwing around my garage, I've found an ancient matrix printer, Epson LX-1050. Ubuntu recognised it without problems, and I was able to print several pages using it via CUPS. Now, for some ...
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Viewing printer properties in Windows 8?

I recently upgraded to windows 8 but noticed that there is no longer a Device Manager application, thus no way for me to view the status of my devices. After a couple of minutes of playing around I ...
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Good printer review websites? [closed]

Do you know of any good websites that have fair, up to date printer reviews, including cost per page estimates ? I used to be quite satisfied with http://www.behardware.com/, but their reviews are too ...
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How to access parallel ports created by NET command in Windows XP?

I am trying to get a USB-to-Parallel IEEE-1284 cable which is showed as USB Printing Support in Device manager to work as a LPT port and tried the answer here. Using this command: NET USE LPT1: ...
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Is any special maintenance required for an edible ink printer?

Is there any special maintenance required in order to maintain food safety and keep the printer operating correctly? For example, do I need to manually clean the print head periodically to prevent ...