Lexmark X1100 printer
tedm at toybox.placo.com
Fri Feb 25 06:53:05 GMT 2005
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> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Roland Smith
> Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 9:42 AM
> To: Gerry Freymann
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> Subject: Re: Lexmark X1100 printer
> For the most part it depends on the "language" that the printer
> speaks. As a rule, any printer that understands postscript will work
> without much trouble. Printers that speak PCL (most, but not all HP
> printers) or ESC2P (Epson) work well.
> Avoid so-called winprinters like the plague. They offload most
> processing to the host processor (your CPU) using a Windows-only binary
> driver. Some of those drivers have been reverse-engineered, but I'd
> advise you not to go there. Setting them up is always complicated.
The problem is that the cheap color inkjets on the market are all
these days. So you have to go there if you want to print color.
HP has written a UNIX driver for their winprinters, it's not a
job by someone with a packet analyzer. Epson has also obviously provided
aid and assistance to whomever wrote the driver for their printers as
A few other printer companies seem to have done this also. But a lot of
the imaging companies out there, like lexmark, haven't, and many of the
reverse-engineered drivers for those printers only print in some of the
I have an Epson C84 myself, georgeous color output. But it literally
2 minutes for an AMD K6 200Mhz running FreeBSD to convert a page of
a page of Epson-speak. Fortunately I don't print color that often. My
uses it more than I do, but she is printing via USB from a 1.4Ghz Windows
and her system only takes about 15 seconds to image a page. Most of my
printing is to my HP 4+ Postscript laster printer that duplexes.
I picked my Epson because it has individual ink resivours for each color.
unlike the HP your not stuck throwing out a perfectly good cartridge just
because ONE color ran out. I think actually HP is also moving that
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