I didn't think that this question was on topic under Super User. I didn't flag it because printers are sort-of computer related, but... if it's only hardware?
Are printers and their hardware problems (NOT a driver issue), on topic for Super User?
I'm inclined to say this is on topic.
Printers (with some exceptions) can only function correctly when attached to (or driven over a network by, etc, etc) a computer, and that should mean that printers are generally acceptable.
And while this specific question is most probably related wholly to the maintenance/repair of the printer, there is still a small chance that the problem is being caused by the driving computer.
But this is a bit borderline, so would be interested in seeing what everyone else thinks.
2I agree that this one is very borderline. I'd leave it open for now though.– nhinkleAug 3, 2011 at 15:14
I would say it is on topic.
This question, and its just about the mouse... I happen to think that computer hardware includes "accessories" that help a computer fulfill a function.
In addition to printers, there have been questions about KVM switches, monitors, mice joysticks, and loads of other other pieces of hardware that is not directly considered part of a standard computer. Across the board, these types to question seem to be open.
So for consistency, and because there is not reason to change it (I don't see it as a stretch to call it computer hardware), it's on topic.
1I agree. I would argue that a printer is computer hardware, since that's just about the only thing in the world that can be interfaced to it. Aug 3, 2011 at 18:10
Well in many cases USB's can also...– soandosAug 3, 2011 at 18:32
1STRONGLY DISAGREE! I think there should be an accessory forum. Computer problems, computer experts can handle. questions on if a particular mouse can work on a wet surface isn't a computer problem or issue. A question about compatibility is 100% valid however (I think)– wizlogAug 3, 2011 at 22:14