And there's great rejoicing around the Sloan house today, despite a tiny irony about it.
I have a new printer! The hospital program did authorize a replacement printer, it came with one color cartridge so the inkjet refills should work on that and it's absolutely lovely. And a replacement keyboard for the one I wore out last year. I've been using a salvaged old Compaq keyboard - mighty heavy and sturdy, but it doesn't have the Windows keys the way the one that came with my computer did. For $9.99 Alison got me a specialized Internet keyboard with hot keys on the function keys for Net stuff. 90% of which I won't use, since the lists are preprogrammed, but it does have those specialized function keys I missed.
What I didn't know till I got it home was that it takes a USB cable, not a regular printer cable like the old printer did. They have one on the Lexmark site, with a specific part number. "A USB cable (such as Lexmark P/N 12A2405) purchased separately."
So I checked Pricewatch
because that's been my electronic drool site ever since Dstar pointed it out to me. Cheap online electronics, it's a geek site that has a huge webpage listing bargains and things you can order online. Prices on it are wonderful - that's where I saw a laptop for under $400? Where from various manufacturers and stores, I could usually get a pretty decent House Brand or Generic computer without OS for under $200 (lots of choices in that range) and do the Linux Box for Backup that I'm hoping to put together someday... so if I need a USB cable, let's look at USB cables. Yeah, right.
They start at $1 or $2 with three or four bucks more shipping. But they come in at least two varieties, A to A or A to B. Lots of house brand and generic USB cable listings in my price range, the Pricewatch
range. Then I search on the Lexmark one so that I can tell whether it's an A to A or an A to B. I don't care about length, I can put the tower on the side with the printer and use a three foot cable as easily as arrange the desk the other way. Lexmark's product lists online for $21. Ouch. Check the Lexmark site. $18.95 there and they still don't say anything about it but that parts number. Arrrgh!
So please - if you own a Lexmark Z23 printer and know which generic to get - comment to this blog! Tell me if it's A to A or A to B that I'm looking for and whether there's some brand specific weirdness about this USB cable that means I can't just use one off the generic shelf.
Mildly annoying that I can't just use it the day I brought it home - but at least I've got a good working printer now and it's registered. If you've got the answer to my question, please comment!
Robert and Ari >^..^< (That's a funny printer! It's not shaped right, it's not the one I climbed on as a kitten! He confused me!)