Linux Compatible Printers
Not all printers work with a Computerbank computer. Computerbank computers have a Linux operating system on them not a Microsoft windows system.
- Linux for Epson Printer Drivers
- We recommend HP printers for our Ubuntu Linux computers. Check this website for compatible Hewlett Packard printers
- Recommended HP printers fully supporting Linux
Where to buy a printer
Computerbank stocks second hand and new printers. All our printers (including new ones) are under $60.
BigW, Computer World, Kmart, Dick Smith, IT Warehouse, IT Supermarket, and MSY Computers stock printers. You should be able to buy a multi function printer compatible with Linux for under $60. Look out for specials, we’ve seen inkjet printers go for as low as $15.
You can also buy from second hand dealers, computer swap meets, and individual sellers from second hand trading publications, they will have lower prices than retail stores. When buying printers from second hand dealers, it is always good practice to check you can return the printer if it does not work with your system.
Check the cost of ink cartridges
Check the cost of ink cartridges before purchasing a printer. Cartridges for some models cost as much as $90. Sometimes a cheaper generic cartridge can be used. Also there are refillable ink kits available which are a cheaper option again.
Printer Set Up is not Automatic
After purchasing your printer, it will need to be set up to work with your computer. The printer doesn’t just plug in and work*. Discs that come with the printer are for Microsoft Windows printer drivers and will not work on our computers. Don’t panic.
Computerbank can configure your computer or you can set up the printer yourself. The instructions are in our user guide. “How do I set up my Printer?” which is included in the computer guide we gave you when you bought the computer. There is a copy of these instructions on your computer desktop called The Compact Guide to the Computerbank Computer.
*Actually with our current software most printers will set up automatically. 🙂
Will Computerbank Repair my Printer?
Computerbank does not repair printers. Each printer manufacturer unfortunately makes hundreds of different models and it is not possible to stock parts for them. It would be nice to see some standardisation within and between brands to reduce needless waste. We charge $5.50 (small) or $11 (medium) to recycle unwanted and broken printers, large printers may attract a higher fee. The plastic reclaimed is reformed into new items.
Kylie Davies author, contributors: David Hatton, JVS – updated April 2010.