I use the same driver for Color or B & W it's not a different driver. it's the copy track functionality of the device that allows me to disable color for the one instance of the driver.
Copy track setup instructions
I do not know if your printer has a similar feature or not..
In the USER ID section for Copy track I defined one user that can not print color and a different user number that can.
There are 3rd party products
that do this as well for any printer.. although I don't know of one specifically for Linux. There has to be a way of doing it. Possibly modifying the .ppd
file for the printer and commenting out the color capabilities section for one of the printer instances, or just using a standard Monochrome HP Laserjet driver for one of the instances. (almost ANY laser printer can print using the HP LJ 4 Driver, although you may loose access to some paper trays duplexing or other features of the printer. so the trick is choosing the correct monochrome driver that supports all the other features of your printer)
from hplj.ppd file from openprinting.org database..
*driverName hpijs/hpijs - HP's IJS driver for most of their non-PostScript printers: ""
*driverType I/IJS: ""
*driverSupportContactVoluntary: "http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/hplip-help HPLIP-Help Mailing List"
*driverMaxResolution: 600 600
Oh it looks like this type of feature IS built into the HP LJ 3000 series..
Color Access Control - Table of Contents
Tracking and Controlling Color Use
Monitoring Color Use
Using the Color Usage Job Log to Monitor Color Use
Using the Embedded Web Server to Monitor Color Use
Using HP Web Jetadmin to Monitor Color Use
Using HP Easy Printer Care Software to Monitor Color Use
Using Billing Programs to Monitor Color Use
Restricting Color Use
Using the Embedded Web Server to Restrict Color Use by User
Using the HP Embedded Web Server to Restrict Color Use by Software Program
Using HP Web Jetadmin to Restrict Color Use by Pre-configuring a Print Driver
Using the Monochrome Print Driver to Restrict Color Use
Using the Printer Control Panel to Restrict Color Use
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Boy their website kinda sucks for providing detailed info on how to configure these features.. but They should all be explained in detail in the printer manual.
this is a little better..