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Printers and Scanners / Re: What printers work best on Linux?
« on: June 09, 2020, 01:52:20 am »
Hello Melissa.
Laser printers are not economical for occasional use - they are best for 100-pages-per-day use, like businesses.  And, as you say, they are expensive.  But they are excellent for printing large blocks of colour like the images you want to print.

Although I swear by HP printers for all the reasons I mentioned earlier, I am not too happy with their photo reproduction (on photo paper), although ordinary colour printing is fine.
Here's a refurbished one for £60:  It has 1200x1200 pixels/inch scanning resolution which is fine your application.

The best all-round printer that I've owned has been Epson, especially if you want to print photographs on photo paper, although I have had one or two driver issues, and you do need to use it fairly regularly to prevent the jets blocking.  If you can stretch to £85 then this might be of interest:

Overall, for your application, laser would be the way to go as ink-jetting large areas is rarely a happy experience. 
Alternatively, since you are printing so few images,you could buy a printer/scanner and get the files photo-printed by, for example  They charge £1.69 for a 12"x8" photo and if you order several at once the post charge wouldn't be too bad.  I am sure that Boots uses this company for their on-line service and the quality is excellent. 

So my suggestion is the HP printer and the on-line photo printing service.
Good luck.


Thank you for your reply Keith. I had thought about printing sites, but the problem I had when looking at them was that they didn't seem very good for when I want multiple smallish images printed on one paper, and I don't want glossy photo paper but matte vintage style as I want to print Victorian- 1950s images.

All I could see from these sites is options for multiples of glossy photos and leaflets with little option to print images at particular sizes.

I really wish the print shop up the road to me had not closed down as he had awesome printers with  a range of matte card like papers and a computer that could size my images to what I wanted.

I've got a scanner already but it's an old one. Works fine though.

Printers and Scanners / Re: What printers work best on Linux?
« on: June 05, 2020, 10:32:17 pm »
Thank you very much for the replies guys! Most of my printing purposes would be printing scans of vintage images from my collection of  old books ( some are from the 19th century) vintage magazines ( which are so  nice I don't want to cut up as one magazine  is from 1938!) which I would have scanned into my netbook and done editing on. They would be for art projects. Some would be in colour ( vintage colours) and some in sepia/monochrome.

Some print jobs would be of course documents/forms ( when the need arises).

I'm looking for a printer that would be cost effective, easy to use and do good quality images.

But since my day job will be part time ( staring that in a few weeks) I can't afford a top of the range printer, so would be looking to spend about £50-£70. I am a newbie at printers, having always gone to print shops before ( but as I mentioned they are all closed down round my area now), so I'm not very knowledgeable on prices and models etc.

I only know that laser printers do the best smudge free images. But they are expensive!

That's why I was thinking to look on Ebay from a top rated seller who re conditions/re sells them with a guarantee.

I got my monitor ( to plug into my netbook so I have a big screen) off Ebay from such a seller and it's great!

I'd probably be using the printer 2-3 times a week on average.

Printers and Scanners / What printers work best on Linux?
« on: May 26, 2020, 05:04:49 pm »
Guys, I'm gonna save up for a second hand printer ( probably off Ebay) at some point to use on my Asus netbook, running on Peppermint 9. Could you please advise me which are compatible and easy to set up?

I've never had a home printer before, but need one as the local print shop closed down 2 years ago and the only other option is going to libraries ( which of course are closed right now). There isn't even a print shop in town any more!

General Help & Advice / Re: How do I update Chrome browser?
« on: April 05, 2020, 12:06:51 pm »
Rich- the message was coming from Chrome, but I could not see any more on my Chrome applications. I think that applies to Windows.

When I was getting this message I did not have any pending updates coming from Linux.

This morning I have ( on that shield icon at the bottom of my netbook ) so I have clicked on it to update. I did see Chrome included in it. Let's hope that updates it!

General Help & Advice / Re: How do I update Chrome browser?
« on: April 05, 2020, 11:52:48 am »
matildaw@ASUS-X102BA ~ $ wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
[sudo] password for matildaw:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for matildaw:
matildaw@ASUS-X102BA ~ $

Did that work Mad Penguin?

General Help & Advice / How do I update Chrome browser?
« on: April 01, 2020, 10:48:27 pm »
Guys my browser is Chrome on my netbook, distro Peppermint 9. I keep getting prompts from Chrome to update it, and I did click on the prompt tonight and it took me to a page to download a deb file which it says will update the browser without having to re install it.

I now have some folders in my download folders on my netbook ( 3 of them  )  and no idea what to do with them.

Anyone know what to do please?


General Help & Advice / Re: UKTV Play
« on: March 29, 2020, 02:19:05 am »
Thanks, but the second link is to one of my own posts and the tip in the second doesn't apply — I already have hal installed. As I said at Linux Questions, I can live without this stuff.

Sorry David, so much going on lately so not that with it.

General Discussion / Re: Memorial Fund for Mark Greaves
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:56:26 pm »
Thank you. What a top bloke Mark was. I'll make a donation soon as I'm able to x

General Discussion / Re: Mark Greaves (PC Netspec) - Passing Away
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:51:24 pm »
Mark was one of a kind. I still can't get my head round he's no longer here. He was always so helpful to me. He is so missed by all of us! I already expressed my condolences to his family and friends but again I say so sorry to them for their loss.

I'm the only woman on here and I've never felt unwelcome amongst all you clever computer guys even though I have asked some daft questions on here over the years!

News and Events / Re: FORUM MODERATORS
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:47:29 pm »
I do hope this forum continues! Rich thanks for offering to be a mod. I have no programming experience and so couldn't be a mod unless you guys would need one to just keep the forum running.

General Help & Advice / Re: UKTV Play
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:42:27 pm »

General Help & Advice / Re: ASUS Netbook streams slow
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:38:06 pm »
I also prefer proper laptops as they are much more adaptable.

Going back to checking processor speeds:  I have Peppermint 9 on a USB stick and shall try to remember to check out system monitor for you.

Yes, I did like the way the Chromebook was so integrated but I found that most of the extensions I was using like atavi bookmark manager, pocket and ad blockers etc are in Chrome on this netbook anyway.

And I have the added things that the Chromebook couldn't do like scanner, adding software,  being able to use my Maxtor portable HD, and the Tux racer penguin game!

I'm getting used to the smaller screen now I found you can swipe and zoom in.

General Help & Advice / Re: Chromebook has died
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:33:42 pm »
Dell Latitudes are nice and P9 is ideal for them.  Good luck with finding one.

Oh I'll find one Keith! They are always turning up on Ebay.

General Help & Advice / Re: Chromebook has died
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:26:55 pm »
From I see that: "C300M does not use a hard drive. It uses a Bay Trail which is an SoC utilizing an eMMC for storage. For a lack of better terms it is hard-wired into the motherboard and is not replaceable." 

Looks difficult.

Yes I remember now the Polish guys telling me you can't get into Chromebooks. That's the downside of them- you can't upgrade them like laptops.

They might be able to extract the files though.

Mark was always telling me to buy a Dell E latitude off ebay and put Peppermint onto it.

I might get one of those instead when I have the money and ask Polish guys to put Peppermint 9 onto it.

Of course I will only buy one with an SSD drive!

General Help & Advice / Re: ASUS Netbook streams slow
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:22:04 pm »
My brother gave me this and it's fairly new, he'd hardly used it. It also has a swipe screen so you can scroll it with your finger and enlarge the screen like you do on  a tablet!

I've got an Android tablet and its quite nice for instagram and some vid editing but I prefer laptops for main computer/internet use. Also Android is full of annoying ads you can't get rid of!

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