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Mike, I don't disagree with you, the printers are not built for maintainence, probably for many reasons. I suggest though, that given your help desk work, you may be inclined to discount the technical savy of many just a bit too much. :) Among other things, if a task is too difficult, most people will just take the item to their local dealer (assuming there'll be any of these left in the future) or repair person. I've never had a minute's problem repairing and/or upgrading computers, even in the old days. Also, most photographers are mechanically capable. Pam Mike Rehbein wrote: > > Pam Niedermayer > >There is a very active after market for Macs. For example, I > >can get a G4 accelerator card for the 9600 for $700 or so, > >lots less for a G3. We just upgraded a really old 7100 to a > >G3 for $250 or so. The point being that it appears that > >consumer inkjet printers are not designed for maintainance > >and/or upgradability, they are treated as throw away items. > >I suspect it's a very different story with the high end printers. > > > >Pam > > Consider Pam that the processor daughter card is slotted. > > How mechanically inclined are most people to disassemble a printer > to reconstruct it using newer parts. > > Imagine the support headaches Epson would have to throw money at. > > I work a help desk for a living. I would be appalled to have to > support such a task. > > Newertech is now or soon to be selling an upgrade for the CPU of > the older iMacs. The newer iMacs disassemble easily. The older ones, > do not. I am mechanically inclined, I did some warranty service on > the Rev A and Rev B iMacs. > The case is very well fit but most people will have a major > struggle on their hands to reassemble the Rev A, B iMac cases. > > This is nothing like what it would be like to mount a different ink > cart holder in an Epson or whatever changes would be needed to use > the new style carts. Probably need some newer software on the > motherboard by changing a chip, etc. > > All in all, not viable and too costly to have to do round trip > shipping and have a tech do the work at $70 an hour. > > Yes, $500 printers are not very upgradable. If you Mac cost $500 > when it was new, the slot you just used to upgrade the CPU, would NOT > have been on the Motherboard. Too costly. :) > > Regards > > Mike > > ---------------+--------------- > ___ /^^[___ _ N0AGG ICQ# 4471401 > /|^+----+ |#___________// Pull Pitch ð > ( -+ |____| ______-----+/ Maplewood, MN USA > ==_________--' \ > ~_|___|__ email@example.com > ð Mac OS 9 Powered Rotorcraft > <http://home.earthlink.net/~slickrotorwash/>[updated 25 Dec 99] > - > Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use > accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions. -- Pamela G. Niedermayer Pinehill Softworks Inc. 1221 S. Congress Ave., #1225 Austin, TX 78704 512-416-1141 512-416-1440 fax http://www.pinehill.com - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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