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Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 15, 2013, 16:29:
If there is somebody that does printer maintenance, I have a question for you.

I have a HP 7260C bought about Y2K that has been a work horse here at TheMoMan's well this morning it suddenly stopped feeding paper. During my taking the rear cover off a small gear fell out, and stuck in the Ink sponge was a dowel pin. Two things come to mind is the bearing mount for the dowel pin broke or has it worn to the point that no amount of super glue will fix the paper feeder.

We also have a much older HP 932C that feeds paper well but I do not have a fresh set of cartridges to fit.

Or should I look for a newer replacement and if so any hints on OEM and Model.

Thanks in advance
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 16, 2013, 03:01:
Inkjets are so cheap you may as well buy a new one. It's kind of disgusting, but true.

Personally, I recommend laser printers instead - you get much better bang for your buck out of toner than ink. Sure, a cartridge might cost $60, but it'll last me ~2-3 years. I have little need for color printouts, and I make photo prints at Walgreens or Target when I need them (or Snapfish if I can wait and the shipping is OK). The consumables for printing nice color prints very nearly matches the store cost and I'm not saddled with an ink guzzler, so I think I'm coming out ahead.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 16, 2013, 08:40:
D-Man, thanks for the advise, now to see how the Mrs, reacts. I do have enough dead cartridges, like bottle deposit at cartridges world I may get a set, for near free there if not!

I like the idea of a laser printer just because it is a laser printer. I do not think the Mrs would buy into the cool factor.
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on September 16, 2013, 12:02:
Not just cool, a good laser printer is a solid hardware investment.

If the Mrs. is big into making photo collages and such then you will have trouble convincing her. However if she is doing things like printing out patterns, or color flyers I will swear by a color laser. They waste less, a good one will print very well and overall they just last. I am still running a HP 2200dn at my place. It is tired, but it just keeps chugging along. I can't kill the thing, even if I try. And in the same time I have had three inkjets come and go.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 16, 2013, 12:20:
Well I just found out that Cartridge World will not give me any credit for these empties, the cost of two new cartridges is near the price of a new laser printer. My present printer takes those large HP 45 and 78 cartridges.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 25, 2013, 14:23:
Well I went and bought the cheapest printer in the store, a Canon Pixma iJ2702 totally on sale, the printer and an extra box of inks for less than $80.00

Then the fun began getting my Ubuntu box to put together the correct string to send to the Mrs comp to pass to the printer.

Interesting thing is that Canon USA would not help, however Canon Australia had the Deb drivers I needed.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on September 26, 2013, 02:49:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Interesting thing is that Canon USA would not help, however Canon Australia had the Deb drivers I needed.

We're a helpful bunch.

As for the Canon, they're good printers, for WinBoxen, but the weird USB-over-ethernet protocol their network printers use is an abomination, which means most Linux geeks avoid them, which means Linux drivers for them are often either unavailable or buggy.
Even on macs, they can be a headache

When my current Canon printer dies, I'll check Linux and Mac support _before_ buying a new printer, I'm too old for that shit.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 26, 2013, 08:24:
Well what I found was that the iP2700 series was not in the Canon list for cups. So I used iP2000 series. I could watch the router handle the #string watch it appear at the wife’s computer in the print spooler and then disappear. Once I got the correct #string iP2700series, as soon as I clicked send test page the printer woke up did its head cleaning poop, and started printing.

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