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andymbody
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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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You're welcome to use the Win10 or global driver, of course. In general, I have just seen users have more issues with the v4 or global driver, than with the v3 driver.

Based on my experience, the Win7 (v3) drivers (in general) provide the best overall experience and interface for the user, with the least amount of day-to-day and job-to-job hassles that I find in the other drivers.

My bias may also be because I frequently have to resolve printing issues that users experience (quickly), so instead of trying to figure out why the Win10 (v4) driver and app are causing an issue, I recommend using the v3 driver and manual install since I'm familiar with it. And this usually resolves the issue they are seeing.

In your case, the responsibility of resolving these issues will fall on some one else’s shoulders (yours or your support team), so that portion of my preference is irrelevant.

You have a good point about Win11. I'm not sure what will happen when that becomes main-stream.

I found the driver thru google by doing a specific search for 6180 win7 driver, then had to dig a bit to find the one I was looking for. I provided the direct exe link, just as a convenience for you to download without the hassles of the many menus that I had to go thru to get to it.

The driver that you choose should be your decision. The one I provided is just my recommendation based on my daily experiences with many other products.

I recommend postscript for color devices because the color is much more accurate than with PCL. There is a huge difference on some products! Fonts are also better represented as well (in my experience). PS is a little slower out of the gate than PCL tho, so I recommend PCL for monochrome devices.

The other thing that I would normally recommend is that you use an IP port rather than allowing Win10 to setup a WSD port (which causes many issues). But based on your previous posts, you have already tackled that beast. (Thumbs Up!).

Andy

 

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bgoodr
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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Thanks for that explanation, Andy.  You've gone above and beyond the call of duty here!!

Qualifying, or perhaps tempering/backpeddling, on my previous comments, I observe that the Win7 6180 v3 PS driver is held within the confines of the xerox.com domain, since it's URL reads:

https://download.support.xerox.com/pub/drivers/6180/drivers/win7x64/en/Phaser_6180_Win7_PS_x64_Engli...

Thus anyones concern about infecting their machines with malware etc. should be unfounded. Thus, that leaves us with the support concern which I believe will be difficult to resolve, sans a phone call into the Xerox support line (see the forum admin's original comment). I've not called that support line because I desired to see if I could get it working by myself without wasting time waiting on hold, encountering some sort of paywall involving contracts, etc.

I'm going to try installing those global drivers and retest for double-sided printing, and report back my findings here (regardless of the outcome).  Then as a fallback, I can try the Win7 6180 v3 PS driver you posted. 

 

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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Testing results for: V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PCL6

Driver page:
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/product/global-printer-driver/downloads?language=en&platform=win... 

Version info:

V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PCL6
Released: 07/15/2021
Version: 5.810.8.0
Size: 42.66 MB
Filename: UNIV_5.810.8.0_PCL6_x64.zip

Results:

Printed double-sided, but did not print in color. In hindsight, I might or might not have seen any selection about printing in color, as I did in the Global PS driver.

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bgoodr
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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Testing results for: V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PostScript

Driver page:
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/product/global-printer-driver/downloads?language=en&platform=win... 

Version info:

V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PostScript
Released: 07/15/2021
Version: 5.810.8.0
Size: 42.63 MB
Filename: UNIV_5.810.8.0_PS_x64.zip

Results:

Printed double-sided, and in in color. 

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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Testing results for: Win7 6180 v3 PS driver

See Andy's post

Results:

Printed double-sided, and in color.  

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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Comparison

I found a 3 page test PDF file that contains color bars: https://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~dmarsh/files/printer-testcard-colour.pdf

I printed the test PDF file using both the V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PostScript and the Win7 6180 v3 PS driver drivers. Side by side, my eyes could not determine any discernible difference.

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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Thus, for the time being, I'm going to use the V3 Xerox Global Print Driver PostScript so that later on, when Win11 comes through, I'll try my luck with that same driver going forward.

 

Andy, thanks for your assistance! I could NOT have done it without it!

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andymbody
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Re: Phaser 6180MFP-D: How to enable 2-sided (double-sided) printing?

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Thank you very much for your analysis and detailed results of your tests. I'm glad that you found a solution to meet your needs! :)

Andy

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