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Chapter 21. Supporting Printers. How Printers Work. Connect to a PC by parallel, serial, USB, IEEE 1394, or SCSI port, or by infrared, wireless, PC Card, or network connection Can be combined with fax machines, copiers and scanners in the same machine Most often use AC power.

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Chapter 21

Chapter 21

Supporting Printers


How printers work
How Printers Work

  • Connect to a PC by parallel, serial, USB, IEEE 1394, or SCSI port, or by infrared, wireless, PC Card, or network connection

  • Can be combined with fax machines, copiers and scanners in the same machine

  • Most often use AC power

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Major categories of printers
Major Categories of Printers

  • Laser (highest quality)

  • Inkjet

  • Dot-matrix

  • ……

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Laser printers
Laser Printers

  • The highest quality

  • The most expensive

  • The fastest

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Inkjet printers
Inkjet Printers

  • Use ink-dispersion printing

  • Popular: small and print color inexpensively

  • Most give photo-quality results(eg, PhotoREt II color technology)

  • Paper quality affects quality of printed output

  • Slower than lasers

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Inkjet printer ink cartridges
Inkjet Printer Ink Cartridges

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Dot matrix printers
Dot-Matrix Printers

  • Less expensive; lesser quality

  • Print multicopy documents (impact printer)

  • Print head moves across the paper, using pins to shoot against a cloth ribbon and print a matrix of dots

  • If print head fails, buy a new printer

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Dot matrix printers1
Dot-Matrix Printers

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Installing and sharing a printer
Installing and Sharing a Printer

  • Local printers

  • Network printers

  • Default printer

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Hands on project installing a local printer
Hands-on Project: Installing a Local Printer

  • pp. 974

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Hands on project sharing a printer
Hands-on Project: Sharing a Printer

  • pp. 975

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Hands on project using a shared printer
Hands-on Project: Using a Shared Printer

  • pp. 977 - 980

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Ways to make a printer available on a network
Ways to Make a Printer Available on a Network

  • Attach regular printer to a PC using a port on the PC

    • PC can share printer with network

  • Connect network printer with embedded logic to manage network communication directly to network with its own NIC

  • Use a print server to control several printers

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How windows handles print jobs
How Windows Handles Print Jobs

  • Windows NT/2000/XP or Windows 9x using a PostScript printer

    • Converts print job data to PostScript language

    • Windows 2000/XP can also use Printer Control Language (PCL)

  • Windows 9x using a non-PostScript printer

    • Converts print job data to Enhanced Metafile Format (EMF)

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How windows handles print jobs continued
How Windows Handles Print Jobs (continued)

  • Text data lacking embedded control characters is sent as raw data (DOS)

  • Spooling

    • Printing jobs are placed in a queue, so the applications finish printing ASAP

    • The queued jobs are served by FCFS (First Come First Serve)

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