Tuesday

Ricoh Aficio MP 6002 MP 7502 MP 9002 configuration page

A Ricoh config page shows a lot of information about the printer, including network settings, page count, and some hardware specs.  To print the configuration page from an MP 6002, 7502, or 9002 with printing capability:

- Press the User Tools/Counter button
- On the screen, select Printer Features
- Select Configuration Page
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Friday

Sharp FO 5700 config page

The closest thing to a configuration page most Sharp fax machines will print out is an optional setting list.  To print the optional setting list from an FO-5700:

- Press the Function button
- Press 2 for "Listing Mode"
- Press 06 for "Opt. Setting List"
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Wednesday

Ricoh Fax 4420L page count

To see the total page count on a 4420L fax machine, press the User Tools button.  "1. Counter" will be displayed on the screen; press OK to select it.  The transmission page count ("TX Pages") will appear first, but you can view the other page counts by scrolling left or right through the list.
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Sunday

Xerox WorkCentre XD100 2 in 1


OVERVIEW: The Xerox WorkCentre XD100 is a desktop multifunction laser printer and copier for making single-sided B&W images in resolutions up to 600 x 600 dpi.

PROS:

The XD100 uses a stationary 8½” x 14” platen for scanning instead of a sliding platform to keep its footprint no bigger than its physical size. Smaller than the Xerox’s XC line, the 41-pound XD100’s recessed output tray brings the overall footprint of the multi-function down to only 20½” x18”.

The control panel on the XD100 has been redesigned but still straightforward, with indicators and keys for intuitive control and conditions of the copier. To isolate an error, locate an empty tray, or paper jam, the panel includes a diagram of the copier with LED indicators to indicate the area that requires attention.

The XD100 has a paper tray capable of holding up to 250 sheets paper. Paper sizes range from 5½” x 8½”, to legal size with bond weights varying from 15# to 24# in the main tray. The side of the copier has a multi-purpose slot for single transparencies, labels, post cards, and envelopes. Copiers of this type tend to be very sensitive and jam with paper that has been previously opened and sitting in a humid environment. You also might want to avoid the thinner, cheaper copier papers.

Up to 100 one-sided copies can be made of a single-sided original, with copying speeds at 10 pages per minute. A step up from the XC series, copies can be adjusted from 50% to 200% of the original, in 1% increments or in 6 jumps. Copy quality can be set either manually, automatic adjustment of contrast, text or photo priority. The Toner Save feature is best used for draft copies and not for anything you want to distribute.

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you rush to a copier to make a single copy only to realize you’re getting 25 enlarged copies because the previous user forgot to reset the settings (also known as “Leaving the toilet seat up”). Fortunately, Xerox realized this and the XD100 will reset all setting to it programmed defaults after 1 minute of inactivity.

As a printer, the XD100 connects to your Wintel machine through a parallel cable. Having a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, the XD100 prints decent monochrome text and graphics. The resolution isn’t the best for detailed B&W photos.

Compared to new multi-functions, this 1999 model uses considerably less power. In standby the XD100 only consumes only 20 watts of power, compared to today’s copiers and printers.

CONS:

The hinged lid is the most abused part of these desktop units. Most people when copying a book press the lid down to flatten the book, unaware that the lid is designed to be removed. Putting a simple warning label on the lid could reduce the number of broken hinges.

Compared to today’s copiers and printers, the XD100 shows its age with a slow 10 pages per minute copy speed and 8 ppm in printer mode. While 10 ppm B&W prints were impressive in the 1990’s, today’s color inkjets and lasers have twice the XD100’s speed.

To use the printer portion of the WorkCentre XD requires having a computer with a parallel port. Since parallel ports are becoming rare as more motherboard manufacturers have switched to replacing this port with a couple of USB ports, most AMD/Intel computers won’t be able to connect to an XD model without using a USB-to-Parallel adapter, an additional $25 expense with software that can allow Macs to use the XD as well.

INK/TONER NEEDS:

The toner and drum are separate items to cut down on replacement costs. The side and front panels must be opened to gain access to the toner and drum cartridges. The toner has a 6,000-page yield with 5% ink coverage. The drum will need replacing after every third toner or every 18,000 copies.

During the course of changing toner people often forget to keep track when it’s time to change the drum. Combo-packages are available that offer the drum with several toners. By the time the toners are consumed, the remaining drum is replaced. These combo-packages make maintenance easier and increases overall longevity and print quality.
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Thursday

Lanier LD 135

The Lanier LD-135 isn’t the smallest multifunction in the world but it does the work of four separate devices so it isn’t too bad. This is a full-on medium to large workgroup machine that will satisfy even the most demanding workloads. It has quite a large footprint, especially when you have the optional paper finishers installed.

The quality of the prints and copies is a highlight of this machine. You can do as much faxing and scanning as you like, printing and copying are still the bread and butter of these devices. Our company doesn’t print many photographs, but when we do, the LD-135 delivers. The toner spread is even and accurate, with white areas staying white, edges staying sharp and text being printed precisely and neatly.

Our average daily use is around 1-2000 prints, mainly text, legal sized, single sided sheets. The LD-135 prints these at about 35 pages per minute. With the first print appearing after only a couple of seconds. The prints are good quality and are used both internally and externally.

Copying is about the same, the quality is good, and it’s pretty quick too. You can also do it all from the desktop so there is hardly ever a queue for it. The software allows quite a bit of manipulation of the documents before we print them, allowing us to make sure everything is spot on before printing to paper and wasting it.

The standard model came with 4 250 sheet paper drawers, with the option of more if you need them. There is also an automatic duplexer and the option to add bypass trays, document finishers, and another large capacity paper tray if you need to.

The touch screen control panel is all we would ever need, although you can control it over the network too. The menu is easy to read, and pretty logical when using it. The large blue LCD screen is perfectly easy to use, and the menu system is clear and simple.

Faxing is easy, the dial is on the control panel, or you can fax from your desktop. That feature is nice as it prevents a queue if someone is printing or scanning something. You can also queue faxes and have the machine forward incoming faxes to particular people. As an administrator, that makes my job much easier.

I wasn’t sure if I would like the LD-135 or not. It is a big machine, and a new brand name for me. I have no problems working with it now I know it. It’s easy to manage, toner is cheap and it’s built to last forever. What more do you need?
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