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kikinovak 09-06-2011 02:18 AM

Can't print documents in landscape format
 
Hi,

I have Slackware 13.37, LibreOffice 3.4.2 (Alien packages) and a Brother HL-2030. For some obscure reasons, I can't print in landscape format. It always comes out "upright" formatted (don't know the exact word) and cut at the edges. I don't even know where the problem comes from: LibreOffice? CUPS? Anyone else got a similar problem and knows how to solve it?

beder 09-06-2011 06:53 PM

Hi

I've had similar problems but with PDF
I solved it by properly configuring CUPS, using http://localhost:631

Also, it took some try-error on the configurations from the printing itself

kingbeowulf 09-07-2011 07:14 PM

I ran into this after upgrading to the Libreoffice office package from SlackBuilds.org. The Fix is here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=120368

Essentially: "File - Printer Settings - Properties - Device" and change "Printer Language type" from "PDF" to "Postscript (Level from driver)" or the appropriate choice for your printer.

This setting changes back to PDF whenever you start LO and I haven't found the config locate for this yet.

Edit: If you select "Post Script Level 2" that setting sticks and allows landscape mode. You can set this via the "Printer Administration" utility as well. On my system, "Post Script Level 3" reverts to "Post Script Level 2"

kikinovak 09-08-2011 06:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kingbeowulf (Post 4464414)
I ran into this after upgrading to the Libreoffice office package from SlackBuilds.org. The Fix is here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=120368

Essentially: "File - Printer Settings - Properties - Device" and change "Printer Language type" from "PDF" to "Postscript (Level from driver)" or the appropriate choice for your printer.

This setting changes back to PDF whenever you start LO and I haven't found the config locate for this yet.

Edit: If you select "Post Script Level 2" that setting sticks and allows landscape mode. You can set this via the "Printer Administration" utility as well. On my system, "Post Script Level 3" reverts to "Post Script Level 2"

After a few hours of searching and experimenting, I guess I solved the problem.

1) The printer only seems to work OK with the drivers provided by Brother.

2) Drivers are 32bit only, so I had to install some basic multilib packages (thanks Eric) to make them work.

3) LibreOffice documents print OK with the workaround detailed above (thanks Kingbeowulf).

Phew.

herman.smartlion 04-24-2012 03:55 AM

I can do it in my fedora, i just download foxit reader in rpm package, it can print in landscape format.

kikinovak 04-24-2012 04:27 AM

Unfortunately this single bug unnerved pretty much everyone - about fifty users in the network - so I replaced Slackware by Debian, where everything works OK, and some other pestering bugs - blank screen on logout in KDM, etc. - got solved also. Pity, because I preferred Slackware for purely sentimental reasons.


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