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Old 09-09-2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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pdf OR odt Strange Print Problems

I use a Samsung Color Laser Printer CLP-600N. I create documents using Ubuntu 10.4 and Open Office Writer.
Everything I printed came out with fuzzy lines running through the printouts. As I hadn't used the printer for a while - I cleaned inside and anywhere where I thought may cause the problem - I even changed the black toner cartridge. THE PROBLEM PERSISTED!
I noticed that the Demo pages which I can create at the printer came out perfect, so I deduced that the problem must be from Ubuntu or Open Office? It has nothing to do with the fonts because they were all OK - it was just the fuzzy lines which ran through the documents. I then converted my odt documents to pdf documents (through Open Office) and tried to print - PERFECT?
Why is this happening?
Old 09-13-2010, 01:09 AM   #2
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Good morning John. Winword knows something called watermarking, i.e. you can have some background picture or text. Could that be switched on in OpenOffice?
Old 09-14-2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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Thanks JZL240I-U,

I'm fairly sure it has nothing to do with watermarks. In fact the fuzzy lines I speak about are just fuzzy lines (like something touches the paper that shouln't) - NO discernible image.

Anyway, I decided to print a job I was busy with using pdf files and it worked OK. I printed a total of 1500 pages.

It seems that if I Export to pdf using Open Office and print from there, it works OK! Exporting to pdf is a simple quick process, so I shall continue using pdf(s) until I (or perhaps you) can think of something else.

But, thank you
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Not sure I will be able to find an answer to your question; what
driver & print subsystem are you using, what did OO choose for
its printing?

Old 09-15-2010, 01:41 AM   #5
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Hello Tink
Thanks for replying again,the printer is a Samsung CLP-600 the drivers and accompanying interfaces, are those picked up by Ubuntu 10.4 (CUPS). The OO System you asked about, strangely, is not Open Office - when I upgraded to 10.4 my Open Office became BrOffice, which is the same as OO and in English; it runs perfectly well, so I have used it ever since.
Like I said, "the printer runs perfectly well if I print from a pdf file" but not straight from BrOffice. I have two other printers which I use and they run well without having to export to pdf.
Could it be something, somewhere in CUPS Printing Preferences which allows various (different) files to be "processed"?
I appreciate your comment about "turn-key solutions" not always being the answer and I think that perhaps a solution to my problem may emerge with the passage of time.
Although I regard myself as a Newbie I really do prefer Linux Ubuntu to Windows Systems. I also prefer some Open Source packages to Microsoft packages, especially GNU Finance and GIMP; and hope that I become more and more familiar with them all.


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