7 most important printer maintenance tips

Summary: Wondering how you should take care of your printer in the best possible manner? Read on, and learn the seven most important printer maintenance.www.evoscience.com/top-7-printer-maintenance-tips/

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How to Share a Wireless Printer

By Glenda Taylor, an eHow Contributing Writer

Use any printer on the network from one location.
With wireless capability, you can prepare a document on your laptop while sitting on your bed and print it from the printer in your home office, all without moving from the bed. Many computers can share a common wireless printer if you have the correct equipment and follow some easy steps.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:

Networked computers with wireless capability
Wireless printer
Wireless router
Instructions

Configure each computer with the “Network Setup Wizard,” found under “Network Connections” in the “Control Panel” and choose “File Sharing” when prompted. You will give your computer a name and restart it before the changes take effect.

Open the “Printers” dialog box from the “Control Panel” and choose “Sharing” from the menu that appears when you right click on the icon of the installed printer.

Give the shared printer a unique name. If you have more than one printer to share, name each one something distinct, like “Office Ink Jet” or “Mom’s Laser Printer.”

Add additional printers for sharing by opening the “Control Panel” and selecting “Printers and Hardware.” Choose the “Add a Printer” option and browse the network with “Printer Connection” to locate the printer. Follow the simple prompts and your new wireless printer will be installed and ready to share.

Hardwire a printer to a computer without a network card. Even an older computer can use the same printer. In this instance, the printer attaches to the older computer directly yet other computers can access it wirelessl through the router.

Run multiple wireless printers on the network by giving each one a specific name and enabling the sharing feature from the “Control Panel.”

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How to Make Laser Printer Toner Last Longer

By Bonnie Conrad, an eHow Contributing Writer

Get more pages out of your toner cartridges.
While laser printers generally provide superior printouts compared to other types of printers, they do so at a price. The cost of replacement toner cartridges takes many laser printer owners by surprise, with some cartridges costing well over a hundred dollars. With so much money on the line, it makes sense for anyone who uses a laser printer for home or business to get as much out of every cartridge as possible.

Difficulty:
Moderate
Instructions

Compare the stated page yields on remanufactured and name brand toner. While third party and remanufactured toner is generally cheaper, the name brand cartridges could be a better value if they yield more pages.

Clean the area underneath the toner cartridge on a regular basis. Once a week, remove the toner cartridge and set it aside, then use a soft cloth or a small vacuum to clean the area where the cartridge sat. This will remove any paper dust and toner residue that could foul the paper path and cause you to waste paper and toner.

Use the print preview function before sending your documents to the printer. Sometimes the document does not look like you expected it to and if you print the document you waste that paper and the toner. Click on the “File” menu and choose “Print Preview” to see the document exactly as it will appear on the page. This gives you a chance to make any needed changes and avoid wasted effort.

Print in draft mode whenever possible to save on toner costs. To print in draft mode, click the “File” menu and choose “Print,” then click the “Properties” button. Change the DPI setting to a lower value by clicking on the “Print Quality” box.

Remove the toner cartridge from the printer and shake it vigourously, both up and down and from side to side. Shake the cartridge when you see the print beginning to get lighter. This will move the remaining toner powder around and help it last longer. Depending on your printer model and printing volume, you can get anywhere from an extra day to an extra week of printing by shaking down the cartridge.

Use the duplex feature of your printer if it is available. Duplexing prints on both the front and back of each page, helping you save both ink and paper.

Tips & Warnings

References

University of Delaware: The Print Preview Function

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How to Install a Network Printer on a Server

By Bennett Gavrish, an eHow Contributing Writer

If you run a Windows or Mac server that multiple computers connect to, then you can install a network printer on the server computer. Once the printer has been added to the server, the other systems that connect to the server will also be able to print to it over the Internet.

Difficulty:
Moderate
Things You’ll Need:

PC server running Windows 2003 or Mac server running Mac OS X Server
Networked printer
Instructions

PC Instructions

Make sure the networked printer is turned on and connect to the Internet using an Ethernet cable.

Click “Start” on the server computer and click the “Printers and Faxes” icon.

Click “Add a Printer” on the left side of the window.

Choose “A Network Printer” from the pop-up window, and click “Next.”

Type in the exact location or Internet Protocol (IP) address of the networked printer, and then click “Next.”

Select the printer manufacturer and model from the list of driver options. Click “Finish” to complete the printer installation process.

Mac Instructions

Open “System Preferences” by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

Go to the “Print & Fax” control panel underneath the Hardware heading.

Click on the “+” symbol on the left side of the window.

Go to the “IP” tab at the top of the window and type in the IP address of the network printer.

Choose the correct printer model from the “Print Using” drop-down menu and click “Add” to finish installing the network printer.

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Facts About Recycling Toner Cartridges

Written By Maria Tussing, eHow Contributor.

 

Toner cartridges can make up a large part of an office supply budget, and contribute significantly to office waste. Recycling toner cartridges and using recycled toner cartridges can address both of these issues. Many states, have guidelines in place regarding the disposal and purchase of toner cartridges. Some, including California, require that a certain percentage of toner cartridges meet standards for recycled content.

  1. Components

    • Toner cartridges weigh about three pounds and are made up of 40 percent plastic, 40 percent metal and 20 percent foam, paper, rubber and toner. Cartridges aren’t recycled like many other products, which are melted or otherwise changed to create new products. Toner cartridges are reconditioned and refilled. Up to 97 percent of the components of a toner cartridge can be recycled.

    History

    • When the recycling of toner cartridges began, companies used a “drill and fill” method. This involved drilling a hole in the cartridge and refilling it, without regard for the condition of the cartridge. This led to ink leaks and damage to printers, earning recycled cartridges a bad reputation.

    Quality Control

    • Recycled toner cartridges are now generally as high-quality as new toner cartridges. When the cartridges are recycled, they are disassembled and inspected, and any worn or damaged parts are replaced. All parts are thoroughly cleaned and the cartridge is filled with new toner before it is sealed and packaged for resale. Before buying a recycled printer cartridge, make sure it is produced by a reputable company and meets the specifications for remanufactured cartridges.

      Some printer makers recommend not using recycled cartridges in their machines. Some of these manufacturers void the warranty on the printer or copier for damage caused by any cartridges other than the new ones recommended by the manufacturer.

    Economics

    • Recycled toner cartridges run 30 to 50 percent less expensive than new cartridges. This cost reduction comes from not having to buy and work with the raw materials for the cartridge. The cost savings are passed on to the consumer. This has added up to huge savings for large companies and state governments that have switched to recycled cartridges.

    Environment

    • Every year, millions of toner cartridges are dumped into landfills or incinerated. Since they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, according to Green California, these cartridges can add up to a huge burden for landfills. Most cartridges can be reused up to four times, so recycling even one cartridge may save four cartridges from ending up in a landfill. The environmental impact is not limited to the landfills. It takes about three quarts of oil to make one toner cartridge, so by reusing the cartridges, consumers reduce oil consumption too.

      Article source : http://www.ehow.com/print/about_6098740_recycling-toner-cartridges.html

How to Install Printers Without the Software

By eHow Contributor

It can be very frustrating when you’ve just acquired a new printer from a friend, a garage sale, or some other source and you get it home intending to install it and there isn’t any software! You come to realize that you don’t have the driver disk required for the printer.

Not having the software doesn’t have to be a problem however, just follow these simple steps for printer installation and you’ll be printing in no time!

Difficulty:

 

Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • Printer without the software
    • 1

      To start the printer installation, you will first need to connect the computer to the printer device. Make sure that they are firmly connected.

    • 2

      Turn on your computer and after it has booted and finished the start-up procedure, turn on the printer.

    • 3

      Select the “Start” menu and then select “Settings”.

    • 4

      Then select “Printers and Faxes”.

    • 5

      Next select the option “Add a Printer”.

    • 6

      When the printer Wizard starts up, select “Next” and let the computer “detect plug and play printer”.

    • 7

      If your computer cannot find the appropriate driver then choose the appropriate printer port (probably USB), and then choose the manufacturer of the printer.

    • 8

      Finally, select the network printer model from the drop-down list and click “Next”. If the printer device was not in the list or for some reason the driver was not available on the system, you can always visit the manufacturer website and download the installation CD from them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Installing a network printer without the software is also simple.
  • Most any modern printer drivers (network, laser, etc.) should be available from the manufacturer.
  • If the printer is a combination device (printer/fax/copier) and you want to use all the features, you may need to download the application software from the manufacturer.

Article Source : http://www.ehow.com/print/how_4997261_install-printers-software.html