Re: LBP 460

Re: LBP 460


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Posted by Brandon on March 08, 2002 at 03:20:17:

In Reply to: Re: LBP 460 posted by Brad on February 19, 2002 at 03:18:47:


I found a weird solution, but I don't think it is for everyone.

My main complaint was that to replace my Canon LBP-460 with a similar laserjet I had to go back to an HP LJ 5L or 6L. The newer 1100 was too expensive second hand and the current 1200 series is too large a footprint for what I needed in the first place.

LJ 5L and 6L's are going for somewhat ridiculous $80-$120 on eBay and non-existent elsewhere on the web and locally.

Having torn apart my LBP-460 to install a separation pad kit, I am familiar with its innards. You can download the PDF service manual for the similar HP LJ 5L here -

http://www.mydocsonline.com/pub/bcarter27/lj5l.pdf

I noticed that the PC Formatter board is the only major difference between the 5L, 6L, and the 460. So, if you swap that with a board from a 5L or 6l, then the HP drivers will work.

I used a board from a 5L that I found on eBay for $16 (Hewlett Packard Laserjet 5L Formatter PCB(logic board) Part #C3942-67902). I have not tried the 6L board, but, in theory, it should work too.

The 5L board also has the memory expansion slot. So, I can upgrade from 1MB to 9MB.

The 5L board has a connector that would normally go to the front panel test button and LED's, but it doesn't seem to bother the printer that there is nothing connected to it.

Win2000 did not detect the printer through Plug n Play as I hoped. Just setup your printer port as ECP in your BIOS, then load the HP LJ 5L driver that came with Win2000 manually.

As I said, this isn't for everyone, but this whole thing pissed me off. (Cheap) revenge is sweet.

Brandon


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