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HP LaserJet 3P w/ PCL5
Black & White laser printer, max. 300x300 dpi, works Perfectly
Recommended Driver: ljet4 (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, no spooler


Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.


For basic printing functionality use the HPIJS driver . For advanced functionality such as printer status and maintenance features, use the HPLIP driver (which includes HPIJS).

The LaserJet 3P with PCL5 extension is nearly compatible to the LaserJet 4L with the exception that it does not support PJL (Printing Job Language). So it can be used with the "ljet4" Ghostscript driver or with Gimp-Print. Do not use HPIJS, as it always adds PJL commands which get printed on an extra page.

Make sure you have at least 2MB RAM, otherwise it won't be able to print complex pages.

Widely available this workhorse just keeps going and going. It also uses about the cheapest toner available. Remanufactured toner is about $25, and Xerox sells new units for about $50. Cheaper to run than ANY inkjet. Keep your eyes open for used HP LJIII or IIID's they are a good buy.

Warning !!!

If you have only 1MB of printer RAM: This printer supports 300dpi only under text mode. If you try to print graphic pages with this resolution, only 3/4 of the page will get printed and you'll get MEM OVERFLOW. For a full page in graphics mode, you have to set the resolution to 150x150dpi...

Consumables/Refills: Toner, ~$50


The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

ljet4  (driver home page)
Built-in Ghostscript driver for PCL 5e laser printers
Supplier: GPL Ghostscript
License: GPL (free software)
User support:OpenPrinting forums (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 600x600dpi   Only monochrome output   Type: Ghostscript built-in
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  60System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  30Speed:||||||||||  90
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD

Other drivers:

gimp-print  (driver home page)
This driver is obsolete. Recommended replacement driver: gutenprint
This driver is free software.
Type: CUPS Raster

gutenprint  (driver home page)
Top Quality Printer Drivers for inkjets, dye sublimation printers, and PCL lasers
Supplier: Gutenprint project
License: GPL (free software)
User support:Gutenprint mailing list at SourceForge (voluntary)
Color output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  60

lj4dith  (driver home page)
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD