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HP LaserJet 4L
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 PJL.
Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.


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

This printer is of around 1995, it was discontinued some years ago. The HP website carries little to no information about the printer. ZDNet still has spec's if someone needs them.

The HP 4L is the Model C2003A. Neither ID is listed as supported by HPLIP. The series included the 4L, 4L Pro, 4Lc, and 4mL. Presumably, any of these uses the same driver.

The toner cartridge is HP 92274A (No. 74A) and is available for less than 20USD via eBay or a little more via other sources. Refills are of course cheaper. A brand new HP cartridge with super fine toner costs more than the printer.

The LaserJet 4L printer provides 300 dots per inch description resolution, plus built-in Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) and built-in Memory Enhancement technology with a throughput of up to 4 pages per minute. It has the ability to scale fonts, enhanced PCL 5 Language, EconoMode printing, an Instant-On Fuser, and the HP-GL/2 enhancement for plotter output.

Slow by today's standards but quite a nice compact LaserJet 10 years ago.

Although the driver may work perfectly, toner is abysmally expensive now. Time to get a new laser printer.

Consumables/Refills: Toner ($70?)


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This driver is obsolete.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

hplip  (driver home page)
HP's driver suite for printers and multi-function devices
Supplier: Hewlett-Packard (this printer's manufacturer)
License: MIT/BSD/GPL (free software)
User support:HPLIP support and bug tracking system (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 300x300dpi   Only monochrome output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  100Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  100Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  70

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

omni  (driver home page)
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in