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LPRng: RESOURCES – PostScript, Epson, HP, Xerox, PPD, etc

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/09/28

When writing Some links on PostScript books and online content, back from the days, I archived [Wayback] Index of /RESOURCES from the site hosting the [Wayback/] LPRng Web Page (see also LPRng on Wikipedia):

The LPRng software is an enhanced, extended, and portable implementation of the Berkeley LPR print spooler functionality. While providing the same interface and meeting RFC1179 requirements, the implementation is completely new and provides support for the following features: lightweight (no databases needed) lpr, lpc, and lprm programs; dynamic redirection of print queues; automatic job holding; highly verbose diagnostics; multiple printers serving a single queue; client programs do not need to run SUID root; greatly enhanced security checks; and a greatly improved permission and authorization mechanism.

The source software compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX systems, and is compatible with other print spoolers and network printers that use the LPR interface and meet RFC1179 requirements.

Subdirectories (the PPD one goes one level deeper with both files and directories; XEROX just has a subdirectory with one file):


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MacOS: default PCL printer driver only allows monochrome (black&white/grayscale); default PostScript allows colour

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/23

Printing on MacOS can be less Plug&Play than one hopes for.

For default printer drivers on MacOS for the same printer:

  • Postscript allows colour and monochrome (black & white / grayscale)
  • PCL only allows monochrome (black & white / grayscale)

One solution for my OKI MC363 is to use the HP PCL driver and fake it as a HP Colour LaserJet 9500 (which provides a similar amount of memory, and colour duplex A4 printing):

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Posted in Apple, Development, EPS/PostScript, Hardware, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MC342 printer/scanner, OKI C332, OKI MC363/MC363DNW, OKI Printers, Power User, Printers | Leave a Comment »

XP adding USB and parallel port printer driver for Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital Color Photo Printer

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/06

some links for my link archive:



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Some notes on OKI memory modules and toner cartridges for MC342 / C332, as toner cartridges physically seem compatible, but are not

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/14

I thought the C332 had the same engine as the MC342, as internally the printing part looks identical.

Boy, I was wrong. Toner cartridges, though fitting physically, are not compatible, despite having the same image drum part 44968301.

So the MC342 and C332 have different toners that are physically so similar that they fit, but electronically different.

While searching, I found the C332 by default has 1 gigabyte of memory and no upgrade option, but the MC342 only has 256 megabyte of memory and can be upgraded with one 512 megabyte module to 768 megabyte. This improves printing performance considerably.

The memory module part number is 01182908, which is horrendously expensive despite it being a PC4200 DDR2 SO-DIMM, which means PC5300 and higher should also work.

Historically between EUR 100 and EUR 350 ([Wayback] Oki 01182908 – Prijzen – Tweakers) or GBP 250 ([WayBack] OKI 512MB RAM Memory Upgrade for B721, B731, B840, C321, C330, C530, C531, C610, C612, C711, C712, C822, C823, C831, C833, C841, C843, MC332, MC342, MC351, MC352, MC361, MC362, MC561, MC562 printers)

So via [] 512mb ddr2 sodimm – veilingkijker – nieuw en tweedehands I found [Wayback] ≥ Apple 512mb DDR2 667MHz SODIMM – Geheugens – and tried it.

[Wayback/] 512MB DDR2 144PIN for OKI Color Printers MC332dn, MC342 N MC332dn, MC342dn, MC342dnw, MC352dn MC352dn L: Computers & Accessories

[Wayback] MC561 & C330 C711 C530 C610 512MB DDR2 SODIMM MEMORY RAM FOR OKI MC361 C831 C841 SERIES PRINTERS 70061901, 01182908

Installing the memory module is described at page 135 of [Wayback] 45002102EE7_MC562_UG_EN_29888.pdf

The models

[Wayback] MC342dn | DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS | Products | OKI Europe Ltd | Printers and Solutions

Default administrator credentials user admin, password aaaaaa.

[Wayback] Specification | C332 | C300 Series | OKI Europe Ltd

Default administrator credentials: user admin, password 999999.

The toners / accessories

[Wayback] MC342dn | Colour Multifunction Printers | Consumables, Accessories & Part Numbers | Printers, Printing Solutions and Managed Print Services


Item Type Price Notes
20151216003033853-01182907_ram.png/01182907_ram.png256 MB RAM 01182907
20151214104557617-MEM256G_512D.png/MEM256G_512D.png512 MB RAM 01182908


Item Type Price Notes
20151216000117113-44973536_toner_k.png/44973536_toner_k.pngBlack Small capacity toner cartridge 44973536 2,200 pages *1
Black Small capacity toner cartridge 44973544 2,200 pages *1
20151216000116917-44973533_toner_y.png/44973533_toner_y.pngYellow Small capacity toner cartridge 44973533 1,500 pages *1
Yellow Small capacity toner cartridge 44973541 1,500 pages *1
20151216000116982-44973534_toner_m.png/44973534_toner_m.pngMagenta Small capacity toner cartridge 44973534 1,500 pages *1
Magenta Small capacity toner cartridge 44973542 1,500 pages *1
20151216000117047-44973535_toner_c.png/44973535_toner_c.pngCyan Small capacity toner cartridge 44973535 1,500 pages *1
Cyan Small capacity toner cartridge 44973543 1,500 pages *1
20151216000109020-44968301_id.png/44968301_id.pngRainbow Image Drum 44968301 30,000 pages *2 *3

*1 Number of A4 pages yield compliant with ISO/IEC 19798.

*2 Average A4 life based on a typical office environment.

*3 30,000 K 20,000 CMY

[Wayback] C332 | Colour Printers | Consumables, Accessories & Part Numbers | OKI Europe Ltd


Item Type Price Notes
20151216003933012-44472102_tray.gif/44472102_tray.gifAdditional Paper Tray 44472102 Capacity of 530 sheets of 80gsm.
20151216003933074-01314101_cabinet.gif/01314101_cabinet.gifCabinet 01314101
20170110060326773/WLAN_34.jpgWLAN Interface 45830202


Item Type Price Notes
Black Toner cartridge 46508712 3,500 pages *1
Black Toner cartridge 46508716 1,500 pages *1
C332_HIGH_CAP_YELLOW_TONER_46508709_FRONTYellow Toner cartridge 46508709 3,000 pages *1
C332_STD_CAP_YELLOW_TONER_46508713_FRONTYellow Toner cartridge 46508713 1,500 pages *1
C332_HIGH_CAP_MAGENTA_TONER_46508710_FRONTMagenta Toner cartridge 46508710 3,000 pages *1
C332_HIGH_CAP_CYAN_TONER_46508711_FRONTCyan Toner cartridge 46508711 3,000 pages *1
C332_STD_CAP_CYAN_TONER_46508715_FRONTCyan Toner cartridge 46508715 1,500 pages *1
20151216000109020-44968301_id.png/44968301_id.pngCMYK Image Drum 44968301 30,000 pages *2 *3
20151216000101457-44472603_fuser.png/FUS-C4J.pngFuser unit 44472603 60,000 pages
20160928025643903-750_belt.png/BLT-C4H.pngTransfer Belt 44472202 60,000 pages

*1 Number of A4 pages yield compliant with ISO/IEC 19798.

*2 Average A4 life based on a typical office environment.

*3 30,000 K 20,000 CMY


MC342 toner in C332 printer

As soon as you put a black MC342 toner in a C332 toner, you will get this error in the display: SERVICE CALL 231:ERROR 08 (see picture and [Wayback/] oki service call 231 error 08 – Google Search)

This error only goes away when:

  1. you re-insert the original toner cartridge
  2. then power-down and power-up the printer

I could not find C332 specific information for this error, but similar models do have it (partially) listed (note the 08 error for the C332 means the black toner cartridge, not the cyan one):

Toner sensors


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The continued Windows PrintNightmare saga: no more printer Plug&Play for end-users on Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/12

It was fun while it lasted, and puts other operating systems at an advantage.

[Wayback] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Bye bye printer Plug & Play on Windows for end-users: … Though MacOS has its share of printer driving issues (like only printing monochrome to colour printers), this is a serious step back on Windows compared to MacOS.”

More on the MacOS printer woes in a later blog post.

Web related:

Twitter related:


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Posted in Hardware, Power User, Printer drivers, Printers, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

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