07-11-2003 12:52 PM
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08-02-2003 01:16 PM
Printing PDFs with Apple's Preview app works okay. Slow as bejeezus, though... about 5 minutes a page, and the lack of some of Reader's features (like a page scaling option, for example), make my workflow impossible.
Got on tech support with HP, MacWarehouse, Adobe, Apple... no answers. HP gave me a real runaround... very impatient and pompous fellow on the other end of the line. The only ideas anybody had were from a guy at MacWarehouse (where we bought the infernal printer in the first place), who was trying to sell me something else. I almost bought another printer. This problem has been a black hole for time... I hate it.
I have deleted and reinstalled the most current drivers multiple times. I have deleted all HP files from my computer, then tried it. I reinstalled and tried it again. I even tried installing GNU Linux drivers, but I'm no good with the command line, so I gave that up.
My ideas for what the problem might be: I thought at first I was having problems with a non-networked printer... too small of a pipe through USB maybe, or something with PDF and serial disagreement. But other people print PDFs all the time on USB laser printers... Then, I thought, hey maybe I don't have enough memory on the printer. But shouldn't a 300K file have plenty of room in a 8MB printer? Then, I found a document on Adobe's site that says that Adobe Reader doesn't like to print on non PostScript licensed printers. The HP 1200 uses a non-Adobe PS 3 emulator. But so does every other manufacturer in this price bracket!
Adobe InDesign returns the message "Printer selection failed. Restoring the previous selection" when I try to choose the HP 1200 in the print dialog. Photoshop prints raster just fine. Text documents print fine on the 1200, and all PDFs print fine (even from Reader) on my Canon S750 USB inkjet. (The inkjet takes everything you throw at it). This is why I suspect it's a PostScript error. I have not tried printing EPS though.
I will have to buy a new printer if this is not figured out soon, but I don't want to get one and find out the same problem exists. But the Brother 5070 is starting to look real pretty... Rendezvous networking and all.
08-02-2003 02:16 PM
Now an interesting thing: I took LJ 1200 home where I have a G4 DP 1.24 GHz also running 10.2.6 and it printed from Reader 6. Go figure. But the G4/533 at the office won't.
My other HP printer, a DeskJet, prints from Reader 6 just fine.
While is was talking to HP support he told me that the software for HP 1200 which comes on the disk with the printer (and what's posted on the HP website) isn't necessary (!) for the Mac. He had me uninstall the software and it printed okay, but it still wouldn't print PDFs. I don't know what do do about this, except to put pressure on Adobe and HP to fix the problem. Other people have had this problem as evidenced by postings on this forum and the Adobe Reader Mac forum. I suppose not enough people have had this problem to get their attention.
08-04-2003 08:48 PM
Next, try booting into safe mode and see if you can print. I haven't seen this problem myself.. but maybe I'll grab someones 1200 just to mess with it :).
To boot into safe mode, turn the mac off. Then turn it back on. As soon as you turn it on, hold down the shift button.
Then try printing. If that doesn't work (or if it does) reply here. I'll see what else I can dig up for ya.
08-04-2003 08:55 PM
try this too
go to Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/ there are two files in there for the 1200. Keep the file that ends in .gz and oust the other. Jump into print center, delete the printer, then readd it through USB. Make sure to select hp printer model and 1200 as the model. Should be good to go.
Let me know how things progress.
Cheers..... again.. :)
08-08-2003 07:57 PM
Where do I find "Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj
My LJ 1200 is in peril of going airborne.
08-11-2003 05:24 AM
08-19-2003 06:00 PM
If you have not yet received a response to your question, you will find the correct path beginning with the Library folder you'll find upon clicking on your HD icon on your desktop. Don't know if this is universal, but I was initially confused by Library folder in my Documents directory.
Relatedly, has anyone had luck with the foomatic HPIJS (1.4.1)? After loading ESP Ghostscript I tried HPIJS hoping I would finally wrest control over my 1200 - no luck, prints machine characters.
Good luck all.
09-30-2003 02:56 PM
10-16-2003 05:52 AM
I did what JPeG recommended:
1) go to Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/ there are two files in there for the 1200. Keep the file that ends in .gz and oust the other. Jump into print center, delete the printer, then readd it through USB. Make sure to select hp printer model and 1200 as the model.
Then I did a few more things:
2) Installed Reader 6.0 (free download from Adobe)
3) unplugged the printer to clear it
4) restarted the computer.
Then I was able to print pdf files.
Hope this helps
01-17-2004 09:46 AM
However, I read in another thread from Ken about a new problem I began to experience with my LJ 1200 just after I installed the new MS Word X update. Now, I too cannot print my envelopes as I had always done with MS Word under OS 9; I have tried everything and nothing works. The only way I can print my envelopes is to reboot in Classic mode OS 9, open my Word document and suddenly I am able to format and print my envelopes. But this is so time consuming that I've taken to just printing out labels in Word X. Does anyone have a solution to this envelope printing problem in the new MS Word for OS X?
01-22-2004 04:12 AM
There is another fix, but is very tedious and defeats the purpose of the envelope function. Let me know how you do with the first solution.
09-03-2004 03:04 AM
10-03-2005 04:26 PM
The following workaround found by experimentation worked for me when I couldn't get LaserJet 1200 to print a .PDF file while using Adobe Reader 7.0.3 under Mac OS 10.4.2 (Tiger).
1. Open .PDF file
2. Save As to Desktop.
3. Drag icon of saved .PDF file from Desktop and drop on Preview icon in Dock.
4. Print. Note: The LaserJet 1200 is slow to wake up and may take up to one minute to begin printing.
The point seems to be that LaserJet 1200 needs to have .pdf documents pre-processed by Preview to make them printable.