Friday, August 05, 2022

Time For A New Printer

I had a plan. I was going to pick out a photo of Roger that I had taken on one of our walks and hikes and print it for his birthday card. I make a birthday card for him every year. I found a photo that I loved. I went to print it. The printer would only print it black and white. It was crazy. So, I thought I'd experiment with other photos to see if the same problem would occur.

I chose this photo to print, an iridescent cloud I had photographed just a few days ago. It had some nice soft colors and plenty of blue. This is what the printer saw.

I took a screenshot of the print mode. That's a black and white pic of an iridescent cloud in a blue blue sky. Mmmm? 

So then we turned on our very, very old PC. Thought we'd give that a try to see if the printer would print in color from that old machine since they are of the same ancient era. Why yes it did. It printed in color. Mmmm?

So, we surmised that our brand new MacBook Air system updates made our old printer a dinosaur in this new age of computers.

Definitely time for a new printer now.... or I could start buying actual birthday cards. Hah!


PS Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful birthday wishes to Roger. We loved them. The best part of the internet!

24 comments:

  1. I know exactly how that printer feels; my circuitry no longer links up with the modern world either. Fortunately I still see in colour though. And as long as Blogger keeps limping along I can still occasionally link up with other old-fangled minds, with similarly misfiring synapses, around the world. wYshng u guD l*ck wth yr NU prYnta.

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    1. John-- You made us laugh out loud! Thank you so much for that. We loved your very excellent misspelled words. I tried to reply in kind, but blogger kept correcting everything I typed. Still not sure about getting a printer.

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  2. What happened about the new iphone? New printer should not cost that much though I must admit I was thinking of getting my son an A3 printer for hsi art work

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    1. Billy-- We bought a new 2022 iPhone SE. Still figuring it out. It arrived yesterday. No decision about a new printer. We hardly ever print anything... and it still prints in black and white... so no hurry in making a choice.

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  3. I am wondering if the "default settings" are set to B &W. Maybe if you click on that blue icon next to the second line you can change the default to color? I am just guessing ...
    Hope you get it working!

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    1. EllenD-- I checked the "default settings" link and didn't find anything set to a particular color. I don't think it's going to work, but I'm learning to live without printing in color.

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  4. If you do get a new one, make sure it is compatible with your computer. They really make it hard to mix and match and want you to buy new. Sigh.

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    1. Patti-- For right now, we're going to put off buying a new printer. I really don't print that often in color... so we'll see what happens. Thank you for your advice. Much appreciated.

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  5. Two things:

    When I retired from working for the man, they told me I could keep the printer they had given me. The color cartridges were something like $100. I need to print so rarely (and even less in full color) that I said no thanks and gave them the printer when I turned in my stuff.

    When I did have a big print job (300 pages of text) I emailed it to my local UPS store. They printed it at very reasonable price. It was only BW, but they do print color.

    So, maybe, don't get a new printer at all?

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    1. Paul-- I like your advice. Our printer still works, and if I need to do something in color I'll figure out how to get it on to the PC and print from there. 300 pages of text is a lot of printing. Wow!

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    2. Robin, those 300 pages MAY be a novel that MAY be published in October. Maybe.

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    3. Paul-- I love that you are writing novels. I can hardly come up with a haiku these days. Good luck with it. Keep us posted.

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  6. I usually only print a few pages a week, and avoid high color photos - to save the expensive ink of course. I have to use an old printer with my old laptop, which has many of my ancestry documents stored in it. It also can scan, while my newer HP can't. And it took me forever to find the new printer's on-line downloadable instruction manuel!

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    1. Barbara-- When I think about it, I realize that I hardly ever print. So, unlikely I'll need a new printer any time soon. I'll find ways to print what I need... at least I hope I do!

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  7. I hope Roger enjoyed his birthday and your card. I kind of hate how newer versions of electronics automatically make certain software and hardware components obsolete.

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    1. Colette-- Roger had a wonderful birthday. He loved the old card I gave him. We made it through the printer crisis with most of our sanity intact!

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  8. I hate having to buy a new printer and hope the current one lasts.

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    1. ellen-- We're holding on to the old one for the time being. It still prints, and if I need color I'll figure out how to get the document on to the old PC. (I know, I'm a dreamer. LOL!).

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  9. At least printers are inexpensive these days.

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    1. Catalyst-- Yes, that is a very good thing.

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  10. When my last printer stopped working, I made a decision to live without a printer because even though they are inexpensive, the ink is very expensive. We have a wonderful locally owned print shop. I just email what I want them to print and then pick it up when I'm out and about. Not quite as convenient as having my own printer, but it has worked well for me.

    I do love making cards from photographs I've taken or from photos of my art work!

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    1. am-- It's an interesting idea about giving up printers and just getting stuff printed at a local print shop. We have a very nice print and copy shop in town here that offers the same services. For right now our printer is still working, so we won't have to make a choice for a while.
      Yes, cards made from photos of your art work would be so beautiful!

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  11. After reading this post about how your old printer wouldn’t print color images from the newer PC, I thought about my recent printing. And, like yourself, it is rarely in color nit only because of the cartridge costs but it’s mainly correspondence, emails, or items that are only in B&W. It’s true that printers are less costly than years ago, but if it still works and you don’t mind the non color, then as you said, there is no replacement rush.

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    1. Beatrice-- It's true, we hardly ever print anything in color anymore. So we're still trying to decide how to proceed. Roger wanted to scan something yesterday and the scanner no longer worked with his new computer. So... we may get a low-end printer scanner and be done with it. We'll see.

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