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Non Political question: Computer printer question(8 posts)

Non Political question: Computer printer questionPaulCL
Aug 27, 2003 10:39 AM
Sorry..no Ashcroft, Clinton, or W bashing in this one.

My 5-7 year old HP 855C Deskjet is giving me problems. Even with a new cartridge, the color printing is off. If it is supposed to print in red, it prints green, if supposed to print in blue, it prints a brownish-red. I just replaced the cartridge this AM thinking it was the cartridge. Could it be the printer?? How long are these things supposed to last before being replaced.

FYI. It's in my office. I probably run anywhere from 10 to 50 sheets per day through it for the last 5-7 years. Its' had a good life...is it time???

OK...go back to the political babble.

Thanks. Paul
I haven't had much luck with inkjetsColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 10:48 AM
5 years is a lot for a printer you use regularly. Think I've gone through 2 in 3 years now. Threw both of them in the trash as they were $70 specials and not worth fixing. the last one i bought is a HP photo printer which seems to print really well. I bought it at Costco and saved the receipt and boxes so if it breaks I'll just haul it in for a replacement. They take anything back there.
I think it's time ...sacheson
Aug 27, 2003 11:14 AM
Not much of a printer guy, but I think those home-oriented printers have pretty shoddy hardware in them. It sounds to me like the nodes that deliver the 'what to print' signal are shot.

FWIW, I have a 4 or so year old 895 HP printer. We gave up on color prints a year ago ... still knocks b&w out like a champ, though! ;-)
I think it's time ...PaulCL
Aug 27, 2003 11:34 AM
Mine cranks out B&W like a champ also. That's the only reason I hesitate to buy a new one. 80% of my printing is in B&W. Besides, I just dropped $50 on new inkjet cartridges including a new B&W one.

I have another color printer available but it's on the other side of our office. My current printer sits just to my left. I hate to to print something, then have to get up and run to the other side of the office to retrieve it.

The question is: whats the worse case...spending the $$ on a new printer or having to get off my lazy butt to retrieve my pages. Also, the entire office uses the other color printer, so its' constantly jammed, out of ink, or out of paper. People (OK, us guys) are too damn lazy to slide a few sheets of paper into the machine.

OK...I've decided. Use my current printer until the new ink cartridge is dead. Then replace it.

Thanks. Paul
Do you ever watch Sat Nite Live?sacheson
Aug 27, 2003 2:29 PM
If so, Jimmy Fallon has this character called "Nick Burns, Your Company Computer Guy" - the condescending tech support nerd you'll find anywhere.

He's always hassling this guy in the office about printer issues. One show, the guy had his computer mapped to a printer across the office. When he asked Nick Burns how to fix it, Burns patted him on his belly and said, "what's a'matter? The walk killin' ya?"

One thing to think about with your printer - a lot of the HP cartriges will work in another model. If you find a newer printer that uses the same color print cartrige, you wouldn't waste the $50. Just a thought.
Our tech says printers are "disposable after a year."cory
Aug 27, 2003 4:19 PM
Just went through the same thing at home, and I asked our bull geek at the office for a recommendation. He says as far as he knows, all current home printers are junk, built to sell cheap and throw away when they break. Buy a name brand on sale, he said, but don't expect to get more than 12-24 months out of it. Your use is lots heavier than ours, though....
My kids burn thru printers at amazing ratesPaulCL
Aug 28, 2003 6:19 AM
My home printer got fried after 2 years due to my kids abusing the hell out of it.

I guess I got my $300 worth on this printer...let's see..say 6 years or $50 per year plus about three B&W cartridges per year plus one color...divided by about 40,000 prints....I'm not complaining. Time to look for a sale.....EBAY here I come...
look at the sams club/costco option tooColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 7:55 AM
if you have one in town they offer a non-conditional gaurantee on things like this. i got wise after blowing through 3 cheap printers in 4 years. this time if the thing breaks within a year i'm hauling it back to them for a refund rather than pitching it in the garbage like the last 3.