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    Does leaving printer on 24/7 dry out its ink?

    Anybody know if this is still true? Thanks!

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    Re: Does leaving printer on 24/7 dry out its ink?

    You are talking about an inkjet?

    From my experience, it doesn't matter if the printer is switched on or not, the print heads dry out over time anyway, more so without regular use. I have a recollection that I had a printer that 'parked' itself under certain circumstances, but ideally they should be doing that anyway.

    (I just came across this article on Preventive Maintenance which may shed some well-printed light <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> )

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    Re: Does leaving printer on 24/7 dry out its ink?

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    Thanks Leif.

    It's actually a laser printer (Dell 1320c).

    Also, for the record, here's the relevant line from http://www.maxpatchink.com/prev-maint.shtml:
    <hr>Turning your printer off when not in use can, and does, help prevent drying of ink in the print nozzles. With most all ink jet printers there is a 'capping' mechanism that seals the print head from outside air when it's turned off.<hr>

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    Re: Does leaving printer on 24/7 dry out its ink?

    I may be wrong, but I can't imagine laser toner (as opposed to ink) drying out more than it is in the first place. However, many laser printers consume a fair bit of power to keep themselves warm for fast first-out printing, so switching off would have ecological/economical benefits anyway.

    As far as I know, laser toner is similar to the toner used in photo-copiers and if you ever have the misfortune to spill any (like I have), do NOT use hot water to wash your clothes, as this has a tendency to fix the toner permanently...

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    Re: Does leaving printer on 24/7 dry out its ink?

    Hi Lief,

    I did a few Google searches to find some reading material on this, but came up empty.

    Know of any resources, similar to the one you previously recommended, for laser toner?

    Thanks!

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