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Old 08-23-2006, 10:02 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by JoeO
Ok....under administration-printers-edit-properties, I set it to greyscale and it does the same thing, but under yellow and red it does print yellow from about 40% on. No matter where I set it, it comes out the same.

I'm frustrated and feeling like at this point, I could

1: Get another printer or

2. Get another distro that does work with this printer.

I could do either and not be upset - it's just troubling.

There's two big areas that keep me from going Linux all the way. One is the derth of printer drivers. It's getting better, but it's still not as it could be. The other it that I own a wood flooring installation company and have yet to find a good invoicing program - Quickbooks or Peachtree-like. It doesn't have to be nearly as complete - no payroll or personal accounting, just invoicing. I'm fine with buying another printer, but please - someone - find me another invoicing program. In 2005 I searched high and low and came up empty handed and basically gave up. It wasn't worth my time.

But...that's another issue for another thread.......
Have you looked at

Also, here's a freeware invoicing software:

And one more for good measure:

I can't personally vouch for any of these, but they look like what you're looking for.
Old 08-30-2006, 09:29 AM   #17
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I was able to fix this problem on my system

Hi there. I have a HP OfficeJet 5510 and had the very same problem (all black printing was performed w/ the color cartridges)

I also tryed to print things using grayscale via an applications print properties dialog but that failed for me also. I found that there is a CUPS level Grayscale that did solve the problem for me.
I did the following:
1) start gnome-cups-manager ( available in the menu "System"-->"Administration"-->"Printing" )

2) right click on the printer and open "Properties"

3) On the "Advanced" tab, change "Printout Mode" from
"Normal (Color Cartridge)" to "Normal Grayscale (Black Cartridge)"
(Note: clicking the "Print Test Page" will still look wrong, but print from a different app and you should see black again)

The only catch is: If you want to print in color you need to go back into that settings app and change it back. But I seldom print color anyway so this work-around works for me.

Hope it helps you,


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