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Printer + XP = Annoyed

January 19th, 2003 - 8:20 p.m.

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My printer is frustrating me.

Well, it's not really my printer. It's the automatic driver or whatever that's provided for my printer using Windows XP. While it's kind of nifty that I don't have to install any software to use my printer because the drivers came pre-installed with this version of Windows, it's still not worth the hassles I have to deal with.

Okay, the main thing is that the software that was provided with my printer that I'm used to let me print on both sides of the paper if I was in a conserving-paper mood. That was a good thing. Not the most important thing, but a good thing. It becomes important when I'm running low on paper and don't want to buy more of it. But since I have two or three reams of the stuff currently, I don't really care. The thing that vexes me the most about this whole automatic printer installation though is the fact that I can't check the ink levels from my computer any longer. So I have absolutely no idea when my printer is almost out of ink and I need to buy more. This is highly frustrating. Normally, the printer ink-needed light of this particular printer will come on when you're so close to being out of ink that the printer won't even work until you buy another cartridge. This means that you have to be able to get your hands on another ink cartridge IMMEDIATELY, if not sooner. This poses a problem, because I, being the essentially cheap woman I am over certain things, purchase my ink from online venders because you can get compatible ink cartridges for 1/3 or maybe even 1/4 of the cost of a brand-name printer cartridge. I'd much rather pay $10 (including the shipping...if that) for a compatible cartridge than $30 for one from the company that manufactures my printer. And because I don't know if I need ink, I don't know if I want to give money to this one website that's offering a pretty nifty deal (fairly cheap cartridges, 5% off, and a 10-product software pack with any purchase). This drives me nuts. I would like to smack somebody now. Of course, I can't make up my mind if I want to spend money now and it's making me unhappy. And naturally, the manufacturer's website doesn't offer any help with downloads and drivers because while they offer the status manager I'd need to check the ink levels, they DON'T offer it for Windows XP. Every other version of Windows on the planet, suuurre...but not the one I have. Asses. I'm going to go away with my vexation now. And tomorrow's MLK day...I think. No class. Which may or may not be a good thing.

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