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Printer Frustrations

2004-03-25 06:28:34.20657+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Note to self: Next time you see a "you really should install..." note, but discover that things work, you might want to really install whatever it was. In particular this was installing CUPS on Charlene's desktop machine, and thinking that because we were getting reasonable output from her HP Deskjet 960c[Wiki] that everything was fine. But I recently tried to print out some photos and was getting horrible resolution, everything looked like a really bad newspaper dither pattern. Installing the HPIJS driver, and then using the OpenOffice.org Printer Administration facility to import the PPD file from /etc/cups/ppd/*.ppd has turned this from a reasonable word processing machine to a photo-printing monster.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-25 18:52:45.044389+00 by: nkane

I'm surprised. I have never been able to get anything near photo quality from an HP deskjet (or any other brand inkjet printer) out of Linux. It all looks like crap. I always end up rebooting to Windows when I need good prints, and then those HPs can kick some ass. I would be interested in seeing some results of good quality prints from Linux next time we meet up.

Maybe things have changed since I last looked at it. Good to hear.


#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-25 19:37:09.450688+00 by: Dan Lyke

Install that <ahref="http://hpinkjet.sourceforge.net/">HPIJS driver. Gorgeous full-res pictures. Alas, I'll be missing tonight, but I'll print some samples for you for next time.

The main thing I like about the HP[Wiki] printer is that unlike the several Epson[Wiki] machines that preceded it it feeds paper well and the heads don't clog regularly.