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    Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    Running 2 desktops in the office with Ubuntu 9.10 and an HP Laserjet 1200. One connects to the printer with parallel port cable, the other connects via USB. The Laserjet has given up the ghost, and we'd like to get a new basic cheap current laser printer that is perfectly compatible with these 2 desktops. Support for the OS is of course expired, and we'd like to connect a printer that will work right out of the box and not give us any driver headaches. The desktops work just fine, have 512 MB RAM, are at least 7 years old, and are connected to the Internet via a router. We are not inclined to upgrade to a more recent Ubuntu version, what with the serious hardware limitation of these desktops. Also, how to connect the new printer to 2 desktops? All printers I see are single-USB port nowadays. Thanks for any help, guys.

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    You can print via the network, with the printer attached to one of the machines: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ne...tingWithUbuntu
    This requires the computer to which the printer is attached to be switched on to allow both computers to print.

    With that old hardware you should still be able to run the latest Lubuntu.

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    Quote Originally Posted by berniedd View Post
    We are not inclined to upgrade to a more recent Ubuntu version, what with the serious hardware limitation of these desktops.
    You should. Lubuntu 12.10 runs on almost everything if it has 512 MB memory.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    Thanks, Impavidus. I assume your printers are network printers, with LAN sockets.

    I have seen an office colleague set up where he can print from his laptop connected by wifi to the network, to the printer that's connected by ordinary USB to a desktop on the LAN. That system runs Windows7. How can I do it with our setup described above (Ubuntu 9.10) with the 2 desktops connected to the router? That way, I can make do with an ordinary printer and not have to get a network printer.

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    Running 9.10 in an office environment, where I presume the computers are online, is a very bad idea. That release hasn't had updates, including security updates, in two years.

    Go Lubuntu upgrade or stick another 512 RAM in each machine and run 12.04 LTS of another flavour. If you don't like Unity try Xubuntu. You should be running an LTS release for production machines in any case.

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    Quote Originally Posted by berniedd View Post
    Thanks, Impavidus. I assume your printers are network printers, with LAN sockets.

    I have seen an office colleague set up where he can print from his laptop connected by wifi to the network, to the printer that's connected by ordinary USB to a desktop on the LAN. That system runs Windows7. How can I do it with our setup described above (Ubuntu 9.10) with the 2 desktops connected to the router? That way, I can make do with an ordinary printer and not have to get a network printer.
    I was talking about ordinary USB printers, which are connected to a host, not to the network directly. The link I gave you describes how to set up the situation you want: a printer connected by USB to a desktop on a LAN. I never tried it myself though, as I hardly ever print so I didn't bother.

    But indeed, try a recent Lubuntu or get extra RAM and try Xubuntu 12.04 LTS. Having not updated for two years means you have programs, especially your web browser, with security leaks.

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    Re: Recommend me a laser printer for 9.10

    In response to your original question, Brother provides good Linux support for their printers, and they are reasonably inexpensive but robust.
    If you ask for help, please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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