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What is the best printer/scanner for Macbook Pro and PC?

After exclusively using PCs for the past 20 years, I just purchased my first Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks)! I am now looking for a color printer/scanner that will be compatible for both the Mac and a Toshiba PC (Windows 8.1). [more inside]
posted by ainsley on May 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Why does my Brother inkjet printer show up as a shared PC on my network?

Brother MFC-J270W. It shows up on my home network as a shared PC called "brother", however:
  1. I can't connect to it
  2. This facility is not mentioned in any documentation I have been able to find
Does anyone know what good this "feature" is?
posted by chazlarson on Apr 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Intermittent Printer

I am trying to run an old Samsung ML-2510 laser printer off a USB port with a desktop running Windows 8. I have downloaded the appropriate universal print driver and Samsung Easy Printer Manager. The printer installed and ran fine when I first bought it (used), but after a month or two the computer wouldn't recognize it for whatever reason. After a day of fiddling and installing and uninstalling drivers, changing USB ports, etc., I can get it to run perfectly. I then print off my stuff. The next time I go to use it, the computer can't find it and won't run it. Anyone have this problem with a computer recognizing a printer intermittently? I can understand it not working at all, but why does it work perfectly and then quit working, apparently at random intervals?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Can this printer be saved

I killed my Canon Pixma printer/copier by spilling tea on it. I'm trying to repair it but so far no success. Do I need to just buy another freaking printer? Details inside, and thanks in advance for reading this question. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Started to install a printer, and bricked my laptop!

Help! My family member ask me to help install a printer (a Lexmark x5470) on her laptop. I installed the drivers and then, when I restarted the computer the MOUSE AND KEYBOARD DONT WORK. I can't login! I can't do anything! It even happens in safe mode, I am running windows 7 family premium, 64 bit on an hp laptop. Help me not ruin Christmas,
posted by cacofonie on Dec 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Why can't I connect devices to my wifi?

Last week I had to upgrade my cable modem. Most of my wifi devices were perfectly happy, but my scale and printer refuse to connect to wifi now. [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

High quality printer/print shop in London

I'm looking to get a one-off print of a digital image printed in London. It's going to be mounted and framed as a birthday gift - a Google search turns up lots of options but I'm looking for somewhere highly recommended and with a great reputation. [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Please recommend a good, cheap printer

I need a cheap, reliable printer with cheap(ish) replacement ink that can print in black even if other colors are out. Mac, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Aug 23, 2013 - 26 answers

Quick Refillable Laser Printer

I'm looking for a fast laser printer (black and white is fine) with low running costs and not too invasive software. Ideally one with separate toner and drum cartridges and easily refillable from non-official sources. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

My Brother wireless printer doesn't work after resetting my laptop.

I have a MacBook running OS X 10.6.8 and a Brother HL-2270DW printer. This morning I had to reset my entire system using Time Machine; everything else is up and running, but the printer doesn't work. I've tried reinstalling it with the printer setup disc, but the laptop won't detect our wireless connection when I get to that step (it suggests disabling my personal firewall, but I don't have one set up.), and the laptop won't let me add any printers in System Preferences. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated, because I've spent all afternoon trying to figure this out.
posted by The Card Cheat on Apr 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Printer for Mac

My spouse needs a new all-in-one printer for her office Mac. It needs to do all of the usual all-in-one functions - print, scan, copy, fax. She does occasionally need to print in color. The most important criterion is that it play well with the Mac - both with set-up and with the individual functions. [more inside]
posted by gteffertz on Nov 1, 2012 - 16 answers

How to group these HP LaserJet printers?

Logical groupings for list of HP LaserJet printers? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

There is probably an easy solution to this, but damned if I can find it.

I have a Macbook with OS X 10.5.8 and Firefox 13.0.1. The printing scale under File -> Page Setup in Firefox has randomly started defaulting to 60%. So every time I restart Firefox, I have to go in there and change it back to 100% before I print anything. I can't figure out how to change it back. Is this a Firefox thing, or a printer thing? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

AIO that prints and scans both sides

Duplex-scanning colour AIO: Epson WorkForce WF-7520, Canon PIXMA MX892, or ... ? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I can't print black and white.

Odd printing issue for a HP Officejet 4500 Wireless; using old or new cartridges, black won't print and colour is distorted. Pictures of diagnostic pages inside along with what I've done so far. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Black photoconductor in the colour slot?

In the office I work, we've got a Lexmark C935 colour laser printer. It gets loads of use, so we're constantly ordering toner and photoconducters for it. [more inside]
posted by colin folds five on Mar 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for newspaper printer near Georgetown, Texas?

I'm looking for a printer that has offset web press services (to print newspapers) in or near Georgetown, Texas (such as one located in Austin or surrounding areas). Does anyone know of one? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Mar 12, 2012 - 7 answers

We need a good photo printer

Please recommend a photo printer. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me unstall an hp printer.

I've got Windows 7 and a new hp printer, which isn't installing despite the update from hp. Now I just want to uninstall it, but it won't uninstall. I've uninstalled stuff before, I know it's not hard, so what am I doing wrong here?
posted by puddinghead on Aug 31, 2011 - 1 answer

oh brother

Need a step-down converter for plugging a printer sold in the US (110V power) into a 3rd-world socket (240V power). I get the voltage part but watts and amps and such are a bit beyond my electronoobicity. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Why so last century?

Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Looking for a cheap multifunction laser printer for Mac

Looking for a low cost multifunction laser printer compatible with a Mac [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Much as I like stripes...

Is my Canon inkjet's print head broken? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Batch File

Help me write a batch file to print directory information. [more inside]
posted by MechEng on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

HP Deskjet 5740 failing in an odd way

Strange printer problem with HP Deskjet 5740 [more inside]
posted by nanojath on May 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Peripheral needs - printer/scanner/copier

I'm looking for a home office solution for B&W laser printing, scanning, copying (in approximately that order of importance, with the ability to fax coming in a very distant fourth). I'd like to spend less than $350. Network connectivity nice but not critical. Pony optional. Suggestions? Am I doomed to a choice between an endless string of near-disposable crappy all-in-one desktop models and far-out-of-budget business class maintenance contract solutions?
posted by rmd1023 on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Print to remote fax?

I'm wondering if this is even possible... my client wants to be able add the ability to select from the list of available printers; a remote fax machine. The original file will be quickbooks invoices. All my searches turn up what seem to be really old 'almost' solutions.
posted by bravowhiskey on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers

need help resetting ink cartridge to avoid low ink message

I have a Canon MX320 multifunction copier/printer/scanner/fax. The ink cartridges don't last very long, so I refilled them. But, I can't get it to recognize that the cartridge is now full. Am unable to reset it. Have looked & looked on Google & tried lots of methods. It prints fine, since there is ink, but the problem is since the printer thinks there's no ink, it stores new faxes in memory rather than printing them out. I can retrieve them there, but it's a hassle. So, I'd like to figure out how to reset the machine to tell it that it does have a new cartridge or to over ride the storing new faxes in memory & forcing it to print automatically.
posted by Mimidae on Mar 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Very CHEAP Mac printer with CHEAP ink?

What is the cheapest color printer that will work with a Mac and, most important, has cheap ink? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me defeat Bill Gates's attempt to assimilate me into his paperless dystopia!

I just installed Office 2010, and now any time I want to print something, my computer defaults to sending the document to OneNote instead of to my USB-connected printer. Help! [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Dec 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Driven crazy by lack of a printer driver.

I bought a new computer (stalkers may check out my previous 'asks') running 64 bit windows 7, and I'd like it to connect to my HP 6840 wireless printer; that is, I need an appropriate driver. HP's website says that windows 7, has the driver built in and all I have to do is connect the printer via usb cable and stand back. Well, I tried that and several other things but my Windows 7 home, even after running update, has no driver for my printer (which it correctly identifies). HP tech support is of no help, merely repeating the same advice as the web sites I've already seen. I know such a driver exists because other people have solved this problem. How can I get it?
posted by Obscure Reference on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I print in a different font than the one I see on screen in Firefox?

How can I print in a different font than the one I see on screen in Firefox, easily and with as few clicks as possible? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Nov 11, 2010 - 5 answers

My printer will only print infinite blank pages

I have a 4 year old Samsung ML-2510 printer that will no longer print. It takes in a sheet of paper about halfway, then stops for ~20 seconds then spits the page out a blank page. It will keep doing this until it runs out of paper. The red error light is slowly flashing. The problem appeared a couple of years ago, but I've always been able to get it to go away before. It worked fine the first time I used it this semester but stopped working the second time I used it. Since then I've only been able to get it to spit out one non-blank page, and that was involved in a paperjam. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get it working? I've tried Google and the Samsung site, but I get the same 4 questions answered over and over again. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 26, 2010 - 7 answers

I want information to just fly across the room willy-nilly.

Will you help me figure out what my printer-side port is so that I can convert my printer to Bluetooth-ready? [more inside]
posted by fujiko on Aug 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Any port in a storm.

Time sensitive hardware question: I have a Biloxon SRP-370 thermal receipt printer. It uses an LPT cable. The POS computer uses lpt or com, but the software only talks to COM. Therefore, I need the printer to use COM instead. Where can I buy a com port that will fit it and get it shipped overnight?
posted by lazaruslong on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

It sounds cheaper than constantly buying new ones

I'm thinking of buying a continuous ink flow system for my printer. Is this a good idea? Are there problems I should know about going in to this? [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Jul 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Unable to connect to printer

My 2nd iMac suddenly is unable to connect to my printer, despite that nothing has changed: can the hive mind offer any solutions? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Why does my USB port now only work with one device?

My USB port works with my printer, but has stopped working for all other devices. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Cheap personal laser printers?

What is a good bare-bones black-and-white laser printer for home use? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo on May 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Mar 8, 2010 - 6 answers

What do these printer settings do?

Anyone know what these laser printer driver settings do? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Color Me a Label....But Make it Cheap.

Which method is better for printing short-run color labels: A) pre-printing a big batch with the color graphics only, then printing all text (black) in-house with a Zebra thermal printer as needed; or, b) printing the whole darn label in-house with a Primera color label printer? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Feb 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Do good, cheap colour laser printers exist?

Can my friend get a good colour laser printer for around £100? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10.

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10. Mainly seems to be a problem finding a proper CUPS-aware driver on the OS X side. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by weston on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Wireless Document Scanning - is it possible on the cheap?

I want to scan documents over a wireless network... I see bunches of wireless all-in-one printers on the market, but I cannot seem to get a definitive answer as to whether any, all, or none of them can also scan over the wireless network. I'd like to get specific makes and models, please! [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Jan 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Epson Photo Stylus 1400 won't print black after using CIS

After using a third-party continuous ink supply system (CISS) on Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer, black ink won't print. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Dec 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Wireless router that can connect to a printer and external hard drive?

Please help me find a router to make my parents' lives easier. I am looking for a wireless router that will allow me to connect to a printer and an external hard drive via USB. It doesn’t need to be wireless N (G is fine), but if it’s N it needs to be dual-band. Other than the Apple Airport Extreme with a USB hub attached, what wireless routers can do this? The models from Linksys with Storage Link and D-Link with Shareport seem to be able to connect to either a printer or a USB drive, but not both simultaneously. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I ask the publisher for a new copy or would that be stupid?

Book Collectors: Is my new signed collector's edition book more or less valuable with a cutting machine error? [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommend me a printer

I and the boyfriend are in the market for a new printer. We're largely clueless and would rather not buy an awful one. Help? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

Need help with multiple routers

Looking for help with multiple routers on network. [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Sep 17, 2009 - 12 answers

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