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?

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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.

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    I agree that this one is very borderline. I'd leave it open for now though.
    – nhinkle
    Aug 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.

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    I 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...
    – soandos
    Aug 3, 2011 at 18:32
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    STRONGLY 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)
    – wizlog
    Aug 3, 2011 at 22:14

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