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    Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    Hello everybody!
    I have one question if you can advise me and share your knowledge.
    Can i force ricoh color to run with ignoring missed pcu unit?

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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    Like all color laser printers, the mpc4000 performs a color calibration at startup, without the PCU units in color or in black and white it will remain locked. They are basic knowledge.

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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    well if the pcu's are missing then NO. it's gonna continue to throw a code saying the pcu isn't installed.

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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    If all you want to do is run the machine in B/W only, turn on user code authentication and require it for color copying and printing only.

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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    From a print driver perspective, install drivers for a similar B/W machine, therefore eliminating any color choices in the driver.

    There are ways to edit a color driver to not allow color, but itís more complicated.

    Donít try using the universal driver, either PCL6 or PostScript. They kinda suck.
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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    Quote Originally Posted by KenB View Post
    There are ways to edit a color driver to not allow color, but itís more complicated.
    Actually it was fairly easy with the Print Driver Editor. Ricoh discontinued it and replaced (?) it with the Printer Driver Packager which is far more complicates if all you want is the function of the PDE. However the PDE is available from Softpedia should you wish to use it. It only works with the PCL6 drivers and must be used before installing the driver.

    Donít try using the universal driver, either PCL6 or PostScript. They kinda suck.
    Universal drivers are intended for setting up printer pools with different model MFPs. Pooled printers require that all printers in the pool use the same driver.

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    Re: Force ricoh mpc 4000 to run without color pcus

    Quote Originally Posted by slimslob View Post
    Actually it was fairly easy with the Print Driver Editor. Ricoh discontinued it and replaced (?) it with the Printer Driver Packager which is far more complicates if all you want is the function of the PDE. However the PDE is available from Softpedia should you wish to use it. It only works with the PCL6 drivers and must be used before installing the driver.



    Universal drivers are intended for setting up printer pools with different model MFPs. Pooled printers require that all printers in the pool use the same driver.
    PDE and PDP are certainly what I was referring to.

    I’ve used both with good success.

    I really like the packager, but you’re right...it’s a ton of effort for such a simple task. Not to mention it has to be installed, and is something like a 300MB download from what I remember.

    PDP is definitely NOT for the timid.
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