Graham T wrote:Hi Phil
Time for a rant !!!!!! I have an Epson CX 6600 printer copies/prints are fine no worries, however I hardly use it so normaly have to clean the heads first. A new cartridge of black ink costs around £10 and the bloody printer has the cheek to tell me there is not enough ink to clean the head because they only put a dribble of ink in the new cartridge hence my reference to rip off.
The chip Epson have in the cartridges made Tescos brand almost unusable, a friend who prints a lot tried getting the cartridges refilled with iffy results, and has told me the catridges only have 3 or 10 ml of ink in them depending on the ones bought which is not known at purchase.
Anyway a full cartridge set of the colors from Staples was about £30 but I have found a three pack plus two extra black for £25 on the net this afternoon claimed to be guarenteed to work with this printer so I will give that a try.
RANT OVER ha ha sorry but I feel strongly about this. Hmmmm no rant not over the printer manufacturers who all seem pretty much as bad asa each other sell cartridges for new printers much cheaper tempting you to buy new, oh and my friend has now gone over to real cheap printers regarding them as disposable items
Yep rant fully over now.
If you like I will give you a link to a website that sells replacement ink and chip resetters for DIY boffins to keep on using their Epson cartridges/chip without paying a kings ransom each time, it is however even harder to follow than this discussion about GPS's. If I put them on a scale of difficult to understand with this thread at 1, the printer ink site would be on 5 or 6. I was doing fine until one of the print heads gave up entirely and ended up buying a new Epson which had better 'security' in that you could only reset the chip if the cartridge was still half full, although reference to this has now gone and they seem to offer a resetter which will do it - unfortantely the blue print head on that replacement is so clogged I have given up with it and my last foray was to spend £30 on an HP printer in Morrisons, which I can't connect to my desktop because they haven't written any drivers for 64bit XP (I guess it is an unusual version of windows, never properly supported even by MS although since it is based on 64 bit server 2003 it gets windows updates fine because it is no extra work for MS to release them). I had to buy a laptop just so I could use my new printer!
Graham T wrote:Thanks for the info regards laminating research suggests go for the thicker pouches good paper no doubt some experience will help. I have A4 good quality paper for work is this really large enough ?
I presume a laminator which takes A3 will work with A 4 but not vice versa ?
Yes, in the same way that posting a kayak through a letterbox doesn't usually work (unless you have a steam roller and big pair of scissors available) trying to fit an A3 sleeve through a laminator only wide enough to feed A4 through is not really on. Of course if you have an A3 laminator you can feed your A4's through it in either orientation! Steam roller may be bad example to use in that analogy since the laminator is a heated roller.....
Check the thickness capacity of the laminator, ours at work will take 250 micron pockets (at A3) it wasn't cheap but the end result is robust enough and big enough to use as a place mat! Asda sell 150 Micron film which is just enough in my opinion (I have my own packet I use when laminating personal stuff at work, unless I ask the boss for a sheet of the thicker stuff in A3), anything thinner and you run a real risk of wrinkles - I don't know what my dad used to use but the film was so thin and wrinkled so much (wrong temp setting probably, or no adjustment on machine) that maps laminated with it would never sit flat, or stack up properly.
Top tip when laminating - trim off white space around the edge and maximise the film to film contact around the edge for a goos waterproof seal.
Graham T wrote:I read Jim had used a kind of water proof paper from memory map that is ink jet printable but can not source this yet
Feck, that's gone up in price!
Mind you, A3 version for laser - might get a packet of that, have A3 colour laser at work, usually.
I broke the last one we had, er, I was printing booklets to the booklet finisher and my booklet never appeared so I figured I must have forgotten to press OK or something and tried again.... and again.
By the time 3 booklets were wrapped around the finisher rollers that unit was dead forever (well it was after our 'supplier/engineer' tried to clear it with brute force), but the copier itself was still working to the standard output tray until the fuser roller started to disintegrate.
For some reason then our 'supplier/engineer' decided not to repair it but find us another machine, which wasn't available straight away so we got a temporary machine for a couple of days. A month or so later that had to go to the client it was really for and we now have another temporary machine for a couple of days (2 weeks so far), but at least he maintains our colour printing capability!
I don't do easy answers.....