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    Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    Hi all,
    I have bought the old used Ricoh Aficio 240W and have trying to get it working. First I thought it is possible to connect this printer direct to a computer, install driver and print. I am not sure if this is even possible. I have read the manual and realized that this printer work in client-server environment. I need a server computer wit special software and client computer that connects the server and set a print job there. I am a bit lost. I cannot get it working.

    Could anyone of you give me step-by-step instruction how to get this machine working?
    Is it possible to use it as a printer direct connected to a computer? How?

    Thank you in advance,
    sznury


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    Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    You need...


    • A PC with a spare PCI slot running Windows XP.
    • The 240W PCI controller card.
    • The cable that connects the 240W PCI controller card to the 240W.
    • The Plotbase software.
    • A valid .rsp license file.


    If you have all of those items you might be able to get it printing.


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    Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    Quote Originally Posted by Cipher View Post
    You need...


    • A PC with a spare PCI slot running Windows XP.
    • The 240W PCI controller card.
    • The cable that connects the 240W PCI controller card to the 240W.
    • The Plotbase software.
    • A valid .rsp license file.


    If you have all of those items you might be able to get it printing.
    Hi Cipher, many thanks for this quick answer!

    What I don't have is:
    • the Plotbase software
    • a valid .rsp license file


    What is this .rps license file for? Do I have to buy it? Where?
    What about the Plotbase software? It seems I need to buy it as well. Is there any alternativ software?

    Regards,
    sznury


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    Arrow Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    If you print via plotbase without a valid license file you will get a nice large watermark on the prints.
    Plus you may need a separate license files to enable the scantool and PS3/PDF options if memory serves me right.

    I would try contacting Ricoh support with the model and serial number off the controller card.
    They may still be able to supply you with the plotbase software and a .rsp file free of charge.

    Or you could try contacting RATIO directly, but they will likely charge.
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    Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    OBTW the pci card needs to be the one that was set up with that printer as it is "married" to the controller in the machine.

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    Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    The good thing is that I have bought the printer with the "married" card. I have contacted Ricoh Support and wait for the answer.
    Do you know which version of the Plotbase is right for my printer?


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    Re: Richo Aficio 240W complet configuration

    Looks like v3.8 is the last/latest version.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ratio
    Latest 3.8 Upgrade Version

    -Windows 7 + Windows 8 Compatibility
    -Adobe PDF levels latest update to Level 1.7 ext 8

    -Fastest PDF processing via PLOTCLIENT

    -CAD version compatibility update
    -Updated SCANTOOL file format compatibility

    RW-240-UPGD-38PB
    You would be able to use Windows 7 Pro (x86) as your print server OS if you are lucky enough to get hold of either v3.7.4 or v3.8.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ratio
    Upgrades are delivered via FTP site download as a full software version which can be installed as a new full client / server application or can update your current PLOTBASE|3 version.
    PLOTBASE 3.7.4 Server Upgrades may be installed on a Windows XP-PRO 32, Vista Business 32 or Windows 7 PRO x32 operating system.
    Client PC connections supported include all current Windows PRO / Business versions including Windows 7 PRO x32, Windows 7 PRO x64 and Windows 8 PRO x32 or x64. PLOTBASE 3.7.4 versions are supported directly by RATIO.
    PLOTBASE 3.8 adds W8-PROx32 compatibility for the PLOTBASE Server PC as well as faster PDF processing speeds when pltting large PDF files via PLOTCLIENT

    *Processing speeds are affected by a variety of factors including full compatibility with the files submitted, PC condition, PLOTBASE install condition, available PC resources not used by other applications, etc. Please contact us for an analysis of your current installation and recommendations on how to maximize your PLOTBASE plotting speeds & reliability.


    Last edited by Cipher; 05-07-2015 at 03:22 PM.

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