How much memory is enough?
If you are not sure about how much memory is installed in your printer, print the Test
Print page (see page 86). The amount of memory available for data processing is listed
The printer comes with 4 MB of standard memory. With this standard memory, the
printer can print at 1200 dpi on Letter, A4, or Legal size pages, depending on
There are two DIMM sockets for memory. Each can hold up to 16 MB of additional
memory so the maximum memory the printer can have is 36 MB. For details about
installing extra memory in the printer, see page 28 in the Getting Started Guide.
The amount of additional memory you need depends on how the printer is used.
Without the extra memory, the memory reduction technology built into your printer
is designed to enable 1200 dpi printing quickly and efficiently.
Your printer should be able to handle most text and graphics printing at 1200 dpi
without extra memory. Remember that context saving require additional memory.
The table below lists the minimum amount of total memory required for context saving
for simplex (one-sided) printing. The printer comes with 4 MB of standard memory,
so for 12 MB listed in the table below, you need to install an additional 8 MB of
Minimum Memory Requirements for Context Saving
Even with a total of 12 MB of memory, if you frequently print complicated documents
that containing large amounts of data, you may need to install additional memory.
Examples of large or complicated data are word processing documents with a large
variety of fonts, scanned and dithered photographs, and documents that contain large
amounts of graphic data.
Saving Downloaded Resources With Context Saving
Canon recommends adding more memory than listed above.