What kind of printer runs out of memory?

Published on October 8th, 2009 at 8:00 am

Last modified on August 13th, 2012 at 5:13 pm



One of your clients is having a problem with their printer. When printing certain graphical documents, the printer will not print the page and gives an “out of memory” error. What type of printer is the client using?

A) Inkjet

B) Laser

C) Thermal

D) Dot-matrix


The answer: B) Laser

Unlike the other printer technologies listed here, a laser printer must “build” a picture of the entire page inside of memory before it can begin the printing process. If the page contains too much information, it can use all of the available memory. The resulting page only contains a portion of the entire content, and sometimes the page doesn’t print at all. To resolve this issue, most laser printers provide the ability to upgrade the printer memory.

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