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Old 09-06-2003, 03:17 AM   #1
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Printer only works in 600 dpi

I have a Samsung (i.e cheap) laser printer connected to the parallel port of a Redhat 9 machine.

I installed the printer drivers using the KDE printer wizard. The printer works fine (test pages print, Open Office prints etc) if I print at 600 dpi. However, if I print at any lower resolution (such as 300 dpi) the printing looks terrible. Bit difficult to describe what happens on the other resolutions, but if for example I try to print just the word "Test" in a new document, The word Test prints twice in faintly and then there are black bands printing down the page. The black bands are about 1 cm thick and 1 cm apart (about 0.4 inches).

I searched on and google and couldn't find this particular problem. As far as I can tell from my searching this Samsung model (ML-1210) should work fine at 300 dpi as well as 600 under linux.

Many thanks for your help.
Old 09-06-2003, 06:40 AM   #2
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I'm using an ML1210 as well and print out at 300dpi look crap as well on my mandrake 9.1. installation (though I don't normally get those bands you describe; I've seen them but cannot reproduce them). It doesn't help you but maybe it's a consolation
Is there a particular reason to print at 300dpi if you can print at 600dpi? The printer doesn't even seem faster at 300dpi.
Old 09-06-2003, 07:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for you reply. Sounds like an issue with 300 dpi with this printer.

The only reason for wanting to print at 300 is habit I guess. I'm used to printing 'normal' stuff at 300 and only using 600 for presentations etc. I'll just use the toner save button to achieve the same thing


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