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Dell 1320c colour laser printer (Machine Identification Code microdots)

Apr 5 10
by mat

As you may or may not be aware some printers add extra information in order for the printer to be identified (primarily for counterfeiting case I believe). With colour laser printers this can be in the form of a small array of yellow dots printed onto you paper. Yellow dots are hardly visible to the naked eye, however if you are close enough and get the light at the right angle you can see them. If you have some blue leds or a blue light available this can make it much easier to see the dots (as the yellow dots will absorb the blue and look black).

CUPS test paper with non-visible yellow dots

CUPS test paper with non-visible yellow dots


CUPS test paper with non-visible yellow dots (closer)

CUPS test paper with non-visible yellow dots (closer)

Now much clearer under blue led illumination:

Yellow dots very clear under blue illumination on the dell 1320c colour laser printer

Yellow dots very clear under blue illumination on the dell 1320c colour laser printer


Yellow dots very clear under blue illumination (zoomed in)

Yellow dots very clear under blue illumination (zoomed in)

Unfortunately I my camera isn’t good enough quality and it doesn’t have a macro lens or feature so I can only show images at both extremes. Below are images captured with my microscope, you don’t have to look very far around the page, as the clusters are littered all over the page.

Microscope image of a few yellow dots on paper printed with dell 1320c

Microscope image of a few yellow dots on paper printed with dell 1320c


Microscope image of a two yellow dots (max zoom)

Microscope image of a two yellow dots (max zoom)

The Electronic frontier foundation have more information about the dots and have setup an address you can send a print test page to in order for them to build up a public defence case. Perhaps criminals will end up printing with yellow backgrounds to combat this method?

Installing a Dell 1320c colour laser printer in ubuntu (kubuntu 9.10 x86_64)

Apr 5 10
by mat

This is a nice colour laser printer that I managed to pick up quite cheaply with 2 sets of toner.

Problem

On my system (kubuntu 9.10 x86_64) it did not appear in lsusb and dmesg showed the following:

[15208.550014] usb 1-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 10
[15208.701200] usb 1-6: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[15208.741575] usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 10 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x413C pid 0×5516
[15208.741596] usbcore: registered new interface driver usblp
[15209.747326] usb 1-6: usbfs: interface 0 claimed by usblp while ‘usb’ sets config #1

Funnily enough it did appear in the list of devices in virtualbox, however I had no luck trying (and didn’t really want to) to install it virtually. So I decided I’d make use of the built in network abilities of the printer and plug it directly into the router (I didn’t do this initially as I wanted the printer in a different room to the router).

Solution

After setting the printer up on the network, I ensure logged into the web interface and changed the password from the default. I then followed this thread on the ubuntuforums which refers to this text for installing the “Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C525A” driver which is compatible with the dell 1320c.

The driver is an 32bit rpm by default (which is fine for redhat based os’s), you can use alien to convert the rpm to an deb, or you can just download a prebuilt deb from zoffix.com (Direct link. This is a 32 bit package still so we need to install it using “–force-architecture”

sudo dpkg -i fuji-xerox-docuprint-c525-a-ap_1.0-2_i386.deb –force-architecture

Once this driver is installed you can login to cups and configure your printer as you would normally (instructions below). However when you are required to select the printer you need to provide the ppd file manually if you have installed the driver

1 – Open a webbrowser and goto http://localhost:631/admin
2 – Click add printer
3 – Enter a name for the printer eg: dell1320c (spaces are not allowed)
4 – Enter the printer address. This is the ip address of your printer prefixed with “lpd://”. eg: lpd://192.168.1.121
5 – Either locate Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C525A or select the ppd directly which is located at /usr/share/cups/model/FujiXerox/en/FX_DocuPrint_C525_A_AP.ppd
6 – Memory Capacity should be 64MB, and Optional Tray Module should be 250 Sheet Feeder
7 – finish.

Bypass tray problem

You should now print a test page, however if you get the problem like me that the printer always attempts to load paper from the manual paper feed, you will need to change the paper source from bypass tray to tray 1 in each program you need to print with (hopefully there will be a fix for this, but in this cups there seems no option to set it)

Select tray 1 to avoid using bypass paper with dell 1320c in ubuntu

Select tray 1 to avoid using bypass paper with dell 1320c in ubuntu

Additional

I also noticed that this printer was covering each printed page with tiny yellow dots, which can be used to identify a printer (most likely for criminal matters).