05-23-2008 05:53 PM
I printed an Adobe tax document (form 1120), and, on the third page, the printer began to have trouble. Since this printing, the printer has printed only garbage. I had it networked using a printer hub. I printed directly using a parallel LPT1 port. I used three different computers. I tried printing from DOS, from Windows 2000, and from Notepad. Nothing worked. The only thing that does not print garbled is the printer test page that is initiated by pressing the GO button on the printer.
Additionally, I tried the pressing the reset button - no change, still garbled when sent by a computer. I do not believe it is the driver. I feel that the problem is the printer. Something that was sent to it must have changed it somehow.
How can I reset it back to factory default? Why did this document alter its programming? How do I fix it? Finally, I am seeing the letters PJL on the print-outs. I believe this may be significant.
05-28-2008 03:58 AM
PDF's documents print best using Postscript drivers rather then PCL5/PCL6 drivers.
The garbage being printed is because the printer does not understand the font or graphic being sent hence why the Postcript driver will resolve.
Strongly recommend you try this before cold resetting :-)
06-02-2008 09:21 AM
The problem seems to be the formatter. See: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser. Look for agent86 user id or model C3150A.
I am buying a formatter soon. After it's installed, I shall post another message on result.
06-04-2008 11:05 AM
Did you read the postings at fixyourownprinter.com?
Can you explain why three different computers using three different operating systems all generated the same result? I tend to think that it isn't a driver problem. The printer failed during a print-out of an Adobe document. Adobe documents use Postscript, but all documentation on the HP indicates that the 5P can handle it.
Finally, the 5MP driver is actually for Mac computers (or so I've read), which means the 5P driver should be adequate for my Windows-based PC.
I would love another resolution. In fact, I have been searching for a non-formatter answer, but I haven't found one, yet.
Incidentally, I tried to use the Remote Control Panel (RCP) - it's an HP-supplied utility. The RCP could not maintain a connection with the printer through the LPT1 port. I was hoping that I could reset the symbol set.
If you have any other ideas, please post them.
06-05-2008 01:39 AM
Adobe PostScript Level 2 with Adobe Memory Booster technology (MBT)
Software includes Adobe PostScript printing software for Macintosh and HP LaserJet 5MP Adobe PostScript Printing System for Windows (with Adobe PostScript printer drivers, Status Window, HP FontSmart font manager, and online help).
Printers can switch automatically between HP PCL and Adobe PostScript languages if the Adobe PostScript SIMM is installed.
Have you got the Adobe Postscript SIMM installed?
Hope this helps
06-06-2008 04:53 PM
How can I completely uninstall the drivers and reinstall them? I've deleted the printer several times and reinstalled it several times on all three machines running three different operating systems. I've tried to print using the DOS command in native DOS (not a DOS window): dir >> lpt1. The printer couldn't handle it. Is there anything else that I can do to conclusively rule out the drivers?
06-20-2008 06:03 AM
With PostScript you can often match font styles with other users in the organization
PostScript is best if the work requires the rendering of graphics in a way only PostScript can provide
PostScript can sometimes ensure compatibility with a particular application or environment (common in certain UNIX systems)
For some complex graphics jobs designed for offset presses (such as those for magazines or newspapers), PostScript may be faster and may provide better print quality.
PostScript may print better
The PS driver generally prints graphics better, especially from Adobe applications. However, be aware that some users see a difference with a particular printed file, while others don't. You can resolve many of these differences through driver or application settings, but sometimes it comes down to the user's preference.
PostScript has typefaces unavailable in PCL
Some PostScript fonts are unavailable to PCL. To overcome this, use a third-party program to convert PostScript fonts into a PCL-compatible formatâ Adobe Type Manager or Bitstream Facelift, for example.
The reason how it can print with less errors and less process idle times
PostScript (abbreviated by the letters PS) is a page description language developed by Adobe, Inc. PostScript translates computer language into printer language. It converts everything in a document, including graphics, into code, which the driver then interprets, reassembles, and sends to the printer.
You'll get the highest graphic resolution and most error-free PostScript print jobs when you use PS fonts (Type 1) and PS graphics (EPS or Adobe Illustrator files) and then print the page on a PostScript printer.
Hence why recommended Postscript driver
Also noted that you have connected the USB via a hub maybe connection issue have you tryed connecting the printer via USB directly to the device?
If the direct connection works check the hub configuration to ensure that it meets configuration requirements!
06-20-2008 03:38 PM