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4 out of 5 eggs Canon LBP6230dw Linux printer driver now available online; Windows driver on CD. 03/27/2016

This review is from: Canon imageCLASS LBP6230dw Up to 16 ppm Monochrome Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer

Pros: Works well with Windows, USB cable included in box. Linux driver finally available online.

Cons: (1) Their USA Support did not have accurate information about drivers.
(2) Linux driver took weeks to obtain; installation may be difficult for newcomers as it is long, slow, and complicated.
(3) Poor printed "Getting Started" guide, is very short and more than a bit vague.
(4) The long manual on the Windows driver CD has to be installed in that OS and is a bit clumsy to page through; the downloadable PDF user guide is easier to use.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was said to be Linux compatible, but when I first checked the Canon-USA site for the driver it was crossed out, no download available. Support was contacted and they replied:
"Currently, Canon has decided to support only the Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh operating systems."
I almost boxed it up for return, but later searches finally turned up recently made compressed tar.gz Linux driver files (Linux_UFRIILT_PrinterDriver_V120) on the Canon-UK and South Asia sites, then on the US site. Canon must have listened to complaints about the lack of Linux support.

Using this driver is necessary because the "Add Printer" functions in popular Linux distributions do not yet include the LBP6230dw. The problem for newcomers is that installation is not with a simple GUI, but rather by manually typing many commands in the Terminal and staying connected to the Internet while more downloads are brought in. There are instructions in the driver file, but they were written for users already familiar with the Linux Terminal and its somewhat obscure commands, so newbies must research how to use it, get root access, mark script files as executable & find the command for running them, how to work as superuser and use the common commands for moving around and searching in directories.
There are also instructions for doing a manual install, but that is much more complicated.
Very educational for those who have the patience.

1m 3ft USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro B Male Extension Cable Cord Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Five Star 3ft USB 3.0 cable Type-A to Micro-B 09/25/2015

This review is from: 1m 3ft USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro B Male Extension Cable Cord Adapter

Pros: Looks good, fits tight, works OK.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Shipping was pretty fast considering the distance.

Transcend TS0GSJ25S3 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Transcend TS0GSJ25S3 2.5" SATA USB 3.0 External Enclosure 09/13/2015

This review is from: Transcend TS0GSJ25S3 2.5" SATA USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Looks nice, sturdy metal, not plastic, very compact, shirt-pocket transportable. Works well, just be aware of the minor shortcomings listed below.

Cons: - Tiny Phillips screws to secure end plates, you need a jeweler's screwdriver.
- Acitivty LED is very bright, almost piercing: full bright at idle, flashes dimmer with HD activity; should be the other way around.
- Included USB cable is very short, only 16"/41cm plus ends, so you may have to buy a longer one for use with a desktop PC. Should have been a 3-ft/1-meter cable like those usually included with 3.5" enclosures.
- If you look for another USB 3.0 cable, note that the connector to enclosure end must be Micro-B, not Mini-B or Standard-B, something not made clear in the ad.
- No Y-cable included, so, if using a USB hub, be sure its ports will supply enough power through one cable.
- the user guide is useless - evidently making guides has become a lost art.
- If you want the backup software you have to download it from Transcend's website.

Running temperature:
- If laid flat on a insulating surface the enclosure can get quite warm, so air cooling can be improved by either adding stick-on rubber feet or by making a stand foot that holds it vertically on its thin side.
- Some owners have suggested inserting a thin insulating sheet between the HD's circuit board and the internal flat side of the enclosure, but this can increase the HD's temperature. This can be avoided by instead putting just 2 small short plastic wedges tightly under the rear of the HD (opposite the cable port), one each next to the enclosure end screws, thus lifting the HD's circuit board away from the enclosure and pressing the HD's metal top against the enclosure for conduction cooling.


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Display Name: John F.

Date Joined: 07/25/05

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