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10. Hardware > 10.3. Printers and Printing

Printers and Printing

It’s been more than a decade since pundits proclaimed the imminent arrival of the paperless office. That prediction has turned out to be about as accurate as the Dow Jones’s topping 35,000. Since printers are still being asked to churn out piles of paper, you need to know how to keep them in shape. This section explains how to get the most bang for your page.

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If you have a choice, use a printer’s USB port rather than its parallel port. Parallel port connections use a substantial amount of your PC’s microprocessor, slowing down all other programs. In fact, some programs may not respond at all during especially large print jobs sent through the parallel port. (New printers typically connect to PCs using USB ports; many don’t even have parallel ports.)


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