In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 2 Jan 2022 15:50:16 -0800 (PST), Marilyn
>On Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 11:04:58 PM UTC-5, micky wrote:
>> Not a question.
>> I found on the grass between the sidewalk and the curb, in front of a
>> house, a printer-copier-scanner-fax.
>> It looks pretty nice except there is a powder bigger than flour and
>> smaller than salt, and light brown, in the input tray. I'll clean it
>> off so it doesn't get in the mechanism. Maybe it did already and that's
>> why he's throwing it away.
>> But the reason I'm posting is I connected some house current and the
>> date/time in it was 3 hours later than here. I'm in the Eastern Time
>> Zone and I think anything 3 hours east of here is in the middle of the
>> Well, except for Greenland and Brazil,
>> and probably French Guiana and a little Suriname
>> It just misses St. Johns in Newfoundland and Labrador.
>> Maybe he came from Greenland.
>Laser or ink-jet?
Ink jet. It's very nice, HP OfficeJet 4360.
this is why I asked in another thread about electrostatic rags. It has
in the paper tray a lot of powder and I wanted the rags to get it out of
the corners and crevices. But I got impatient, and Cindy says it's a
gimmick anyhow, and in my own rag box I found a flannel sleeve from a
robe I never owned. It's red with greyish frogs on it. Where did I get
I cleaned some but had to remove the paper tray. It took more than an
hour and I didn't get absolutely everything. I used jumper wires to
connect the power, and by golly it works. One of the reviews complained
he had to get within 3 feet of the wifi to connect, but mine did fine
from more than 30 feet.
Also, I haven't tried but it also lets you print directly from your cell
phone, and probably to scan into your phone. Plus get this, you can
register at HP for an email address for the printer, send an attachment
from anywhere and it will print that. I suspect/hope the PC doesn't
even have to be on if the printer is wifi connected to a router,
although I'll never have any use for this. If you're a traveling
salesman, or someone who travels for business and wants a paper record,
it would be great. Any other uses?
The big problem seems to be the cost of the ink. They are about $37 for
a black and a tri-color. Unlike the Espson and the Brother I have,
which I was surprised to see work fine with cruddy 3rd-party ink, HP is
really insistent on their ink. One of the printer utilities with 6 tabs
includes warnings about ink in 4 of them, encouraging notifying t heir
fraud department if you end up with counterfeit cartridges.
Another tab has a way to keep your cartridges from being used in another
printer. Were people stealing cartridges? But at least you can print
with only one of them if you take out the empty one.
You can buy an ink and syringe set that costs only 18 dollars and they
say is good for 5 or 10 fillings, probably 5 because there was something
about air being left in the cartridge, but that's still 1/10th the
price. However if you let the cartridge get empty, it knows about that
and cancels itself. You have to refill before it gets empty, and even
then I think it threatens you that the level indicators may not work
But the other problem is that I'm connected to the PC control panel, the
ink level indicator, probably printing, but not for scanning. It won't
scan (and this one has no SD slot in it so it can only scan to the PC,
not to memory). When you even start to scan it says I'm not connected,
and eventually it hints that I should register with HP! I wonder if
this is so they can send you threatening emails if you use bad ink
cartridges. But even registering didn't work yet. I'll see if it
works after restarting the PC and the printer. One of the instructions
for something (not this) was to unplug the printer for a while. (For
this they wanted you to uninstall everything, at 3 places, and reinstall
it all. Maybe later. (and of course I already have a good Brother
Another annoyance is their stupid webpages that have one or even two
pop-up boxes that interfere with reading the page, and they show up
every time for every page, even I think if you looked at the tab before
and it reloaded when you came back. I wrote to them last year when I
got an HP computer about how annoying this is but they haven't changed
it. I wrote a firmer message this time.
Also installing the software looked simple, one big .exe to do
everything, but then they came up with something else and I think a
second thing. One was software from MS. It was confusing.
(I had to install on the laptop software for the Brother printer, and
that really was simple.)
This printer may predates win10, but i'm sure that's not the problem.