lexmark x73[a piece of ----]

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hi ,has anyone had problems with lexmark x73[a real piece of ----]? i should have known when the price dropped so fast,the company will not stand behind their junk either
 
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my experience with lexmark has been: 1)produce crappy product

2)lower price to try and get rid of it
3)laugh at stupid consumers with useless brick of a printer

i have 2 totally new, totally crap lexmarks-never again:(
 
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Zip316

I've got a lexmark z43 and am pleased with it. It wasn't expensive.

I think lexmark pretty much gives away the printers and overcharges for the ink cartridges - that's their business model.

i don't print in color all that much so i guess i doesn't bother me too much.

Sorry about your printer troubles. My suggestion - go with HP next time - you rarely hear any one complaining about an HP Printer (or in your case, multi-function device).

TL
 
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Never had a problem with lexmark, EXCEPT, the X73 and the X75, I tried to buy some X75's for the company and ended up taking them back due to them not working well with XP..

As far as ink cartridge cost, Lexmark Cartridges are probably the easiest ink cartridges to refill, just don't use the "cracker" that comes with the refill kits. Instead, use a razor blade knife to remove the top from the cartridges.
 
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HAHA I got a story about the Lexmark X-73. My buddy gave it to me, said he had to reload the drivers weekly , It would just stop working, and he would have to uninstall and reload weekly.

So here I am a month later thinkin there's nothing wrong with this printer and sure enough it stopped functioning, I had to install the X-73 cleaner and then reload the drivers.

Microsoft has officially washed its hands of the X-73 too. They are well aware of its problems and blame Lexmark out right. A little finger pointing between Lexmark and Microsoft.

Lexmark is junk folks. Bad engineering. Period. Crackerjack box engineering diplomas in their think tank I guess.

Edit: The problem is with the win XP security protocols not allowing the lexmark registry entries to update on shutdown. XP will not change this for obvious reasons and the firmware chip in the lexmark needs to be unplugged to erase and rewrite itself. No driver patch can fix that.
 
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My girlfriend has a Lexmark Z52 connected to her system that she absolutely LOVES!!! No problems with it whatsoever.

She recently bought a Lexmark All-In-One X75 that I've had no problems with. (connected to my system via USB)

I have an HP Photosmart 1000 (connected via parallel) that my system can't see half the time and I have to reboot both my system and the printer endlessly and hope they see each other then. If not, I have to re & re the drivers.

The best printer I've ever used is the one I have connected to my son's system and is available to every system in the house over my network via Win 98 file and printer sharing. It's a Brother HL 660 laser printer that's about 8 years old. It was the cheapest laser in it's day when 600 dpi lasers first became available. It was 1/2 the price of an HP Laserjet at the time.
It costs about 1/10 to operate compared to any inkjet (I get about 3000 pages per $50 toner), the printer refuses to die and I've never had any issues with it, and the five personal systems in the house have never had any problems printing to it.

I came across this forum looking for a FEMALE voice for Lexmark's "printer voice notification". Looks like I'm stuck with the male voice. On Lexmark's site there's no reference to it at all.

Is anyone aware of anything out there or if changing the voice is even possible? A link or URL to any info would be much appreciated.

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We have one of each and I have never had so many problems installing or uninstalling printers.

Currently we have two Z45 drivers installed on an WinXp Home pc and we cannot remove either of them, the icons will show "offline' in the Control panel window...and I now use my HP.

I have deleted all of the Lexmark REGEDIT entries except one that will not go away.
 
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Bought lexmark x1150 (all-in-one) with my dell. Love it so far. Thanks for tip on refill!!! My one compliant was that NO ONE told me I would need to buy a seperate usb cable for it... You would think dell would have mentioned it didn't come with one. (for us first time computer buyers!) or, how much would it cost lexmark to throw one in Geez !
 
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Originally posted by kiss_n_puss:
We have one of each and I have never had so many problems installing or uninstalling printers.

Currently we have two Z45 drivers installed on an WinXp Home pc and we cannot remove either of them, the icons will show "offline' in the Control panel window...and I now use my HP.

I have deleted all of the Lexmark REGEDIT entries except one that will not go away.
Did you try the"Lxkx73clean" file you can dl from lexmark? It was developed for that reason, its on their site. HeHe, Lexmark even had create an uninstall file because their original one didn't get everything.

Oh and hey folks the original post was in reference to the x-73, I'm happy your x-75 works well, but its only because the bugs were in the x-73
 
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On XP (I hope no one I know sees this) the .wav files for all the sounds are in: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3"

Just record or pick new ones, but keep the filenames the same.
 
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i have had no problems with my lexmark 75,then again i just bought it yesterday. now i'm all worried :(
 
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i have a lexmark z13... the only problem i have with it is that the cartridges are just expensive and finish quickly.

either that, or my printer hates my lecture slides and homework...
 
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