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MartyMcFly 04-02-2007 03:08 PM

Cups & Hplip double sided printing
I have an HP PSC2355 working really nice with Cups & Hplip driver. The problem is double sided printing... I can't get it to work. It's in the driver's settings, but when I enable it I get one sided printed pages with different orientation on each one (page 1 straight, page 2 upside down, page 3 straight, and so on... but all in separated pieces of paper).

This would only be helpful if I wanted to stick with glue each pair of sheets on it's back... but, as you imagine... that's not what I want. The M$ driver first prints out all odd pages, then shows me a message telling me I need to rotate the pile of sheets and put it in again so it can print the even pages and finish. Does Hplip support this? I don't quite understand what this double sided thing in Hplip is for, do I have to do it manually or stick all my sheets?! :cry:

Brian1 04-02-2007 03:55 PM

Yes HPLIP support double side printing if the printer can do it and has the needed hardware.

I browsed the HP site on the model. I cannot find anything about double side printing. Does this model support this feature. It is usually an addition device that attaches to the back of the printer. My Photo 1100 came with the adapter but my newest psc3310 has the ability but requires the additonal device to be purchased seperatley. Kind of a joke to me. If it can do just go ahead and an include it.

Not sure but I can select odd pages then even pages from the printer setup page when printing. Usually an option on the page called subset. Not all apps interface to the same page. In Firefox I get a generic printer setup page. Using Adobe or OpenOffice it shows a better page of options.


MartyMcFly 04-02-2007 10:25 PM

Thanks for your answer Brian!

Unfortunately, my printer doesn't have that piece of hardware. What I'm looking for is a software solution: in Windows, I can automatically print in double sided mode because when it's done printing the odd pages, the driver itself pops up a message box telling me to rotate the sheets so that it can continue printing on the other side the even ones.

I mean, has HPLIP the possibility to pause printing and show me a similar message to automate the double-sided printing process?

Brian1 04-03-2007 08:24 AM

What app are you printing from?
Are you using the latest HPLIP?

Like I said I do have the option on many apps like OpenOffice that give me the option to print just the odds or just the even pages. Print all the odd first. Then a second print job to print the evens. I don't think it is part of the HPILP package itself. I believe part of the app itself as to print options they can do.


MartyMcFly 04-03-2007 11:37 PM

From any app, the printer settings always present me the double-sided option. Of course, there's always the possibility of printing manually first the odd pages, then the even pages and so on... but, like I said, the Windows driver offers you the double-sided option that lets you know when to rotate the sheets (there's no need for the manual proces I mentioned before, it just organizes the printing order and pauses the printer in the middle of the job in order to let you flip the pages round). That feature is what I was expecting in HPLIP when I saw the "Double sided" option, but, instead, it prints all of the pages without even asking you to flip them :(

My HPLIP is v1.6.10.

Brian1 04-04-2007 04:28 PM

I myslef have printed selecting the double sided option and get the same result as yo do. When I bought my 3310 I assumed it came with the extra hardware to do it so it had me going for a while till I ended up removing the back panel and see the needed mechanism was not present. Only option is print odd first then even.


MartyMcFly 04-07-2007 01:48 PM

Yes, seems like the only way to do it is manually, the driver can't ask you to rotate the sheets in the middle of the job. Here's the reference:

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