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Old 12-06-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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Kooka - Printing Problems


I can't get Kooka to print to anything (local printer, network printer or PDF writer).

It will scan and save OK, but when I ask it to print, I get a window saying "Generating Print Data" which takes forever and produces almost continuous hard disc access. Eventually this finishes (having apparently produced an enormous file somewhere), then goes into "Printing Document". This also takes forever, and eventually produces an empty file.

I'm using Suse 10.0, KDE 3.5.5, CUPS and an HP C4180 Photosmart All-in-One, which works perfectly from all other applications.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Old 12-07-2006, 09:06 AM   #2
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What is the default DPI resolution you scan with? Might be that it's too high for your printer to handle.

Another thing that might be the issue with CUPS (I noticed this on my HP PSC 1315 printer) that if you use the scanning feature of the device, it does not print anything until you restart the printer.

By the way it just occured to me, what's the point in scanning something from a paper and then printing it out directly? Doesn't your printer have a "Copy" feature which you can activate without even switching on the computer?

The other solution is that you can print the image from another image viewer application like kuickshow.

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Old 12-11-2006, 09:35 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help.

In answer to your question, I mostly use the "print" function to scan objects, then "pseudo-print" them to PDF files.

I used your information to do some experiments, with some success. The resolution is an issue, but due to a mis-match between the scanning resolution and the printing resolution. Once I got these to match, things improved and I started to get some output.

Also, CUPS does seem to be a bit of a problem. Using the KPrint functions result in a much faster print.

I am still not happy with the quality of what I'm getting (nowhere near as good as using Windows applications), but I guess it's just a case of trial and error to get all the settings right.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.
 
Old 12-11-2006, 09:52 AM   #4
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Instead of printing directly to PDF from kooka, did you try exporting the picture first to Encapsulated Postscript and then using GNU ghostscript to convert it to PDF?

Using the command line ghostscript might give you better control over resolution.

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Old 12-12-2006, 03:12 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll try that out.

I'm a relative newbie to Linux, and am still just about learning to crawl.

Now I've got some output from Kooka, I'll experiment. Top on my list is getting good colour reproduction. Right now, the colours are very dull, and brown seems to be the new black!!
 
Old 12-28-2006, 10:19 AM   #6
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Can you tell me how you set up your HP C4180 all-in-one PSC. I have the same model but I cannot get it to work with Suse 10.1. Which driver do you use?
Thanks
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:36 AM   #7
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Go to www.hplip.sourceforge.net/downloads.html, download the latest version of HPLIP, and follow the instructions for installation.

The automatic installer worked superbly for me with Suse 10.0.
 
Old 01-11-2007, 03:03 PM   #8
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Thanks. I did that and I got the all-in-one functions working.
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