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Stopping the use of colour pinting

Posted on 2011-02-23
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I would like to stop my users from using colour on our Konica Minolta Buzhub c450. How would it be best to do this?
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by:hdhondt
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Two ways.

First, you can create 2 drivers, 1 defaulting to mono and the other to colour. If you do that on the server, the settings will propagate to the users. The problem is that, while the driver will default to mono, the users can still change it to colour.

Secondly, if you are using a PostScript driver it may be possible to modify the printer's PPD file so it only supports mono, with no colour options available. I have done this for Xerox printers, but I am not familiar with the PPD structure for KM. If you can post the PPD file for your printer here, I will have a look. The file is somewhere under C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SPOOL. Search for *.PPD. It is a text file, so if the filename is not obvious, just open it in NotePad and you will see the printer name near the top of the file.
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by:Jerzak1976
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Thanks for the response. The first option I have tired, but alas the users just change the settings even though I have told them that they are to print to another printer if they want to use colour. I use to have a Xerox at my old workplace and it was easily configured on the printer itself. The Konica Minolta doesnt seem to have this option. We dont use PS drivers so I think this option is out for us as well. I guess I really need to chat to a KM tech to see if what I want is possible.
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PS normally produces better colour output than PCL. In case you want to try it, I have downloaded the PPD and modified it. Remove the .TXT extension from the file before you use it. The easiest way to use it is to install the Adobe PS driver, as it does not rely on .INF files, just the PPD. Get it from:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=pdrv&platform=win 
KOC450UMono.ppd.txt
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by:Jerzak1976
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I think I am able to change in Admin mode on the printer console itself. We have to get the console replaced, just waiting for this!
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by:hdhondt
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If you change it on the printer itself, that would mean that colour printing becomes impossible, and you'll have a very expensive mono printer...
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