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Old 11-05-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy "gibberish" prints from wireless laptop to home printer

I finally got my iBook G4 wireless laptop to print onto my home printer, but "gibberish" and blank pages print out instead of the document I sent. (and it doesn't stop. I need to turn the printer off to stop it!)
How can I fix this so I can actually print what I send? (My printer is a HP Photo 7300)
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:48 PM   #2
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This is almost always a symptom of a postscript file being sent to a printer without a postscript interpreter, but I don't know that printer, so I can't say with much certainty whether it is postscript capable or not.

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Old 11-06-2006, 03:22 PM   #3
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If this is so, how do I fix it? Or can't I?
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:59 PM   #4
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Are you using a print server? If so, you will probably need to use the GutenPrint drivers.

If you are using a print server, you probably already know the Queue and Address, so just install the drivers, select the printer and driver, and go.

If you are using USB, try this: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/7929
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:08 PM   #5
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I am connected to the printer through our house network via wireless. I am not "directly" connected to the printer.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:14 PM   #6
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You need to tell us how you are connected to the photosmart 7300.

Mac-to-Mac sharing can use the HP driver, Windows or print server can't.

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Old 11-06-2006, 07:28 PM   #7
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My iBookG4 is connected by wireless router through our home networking. Our Windows PC is set on sharing for the printer. Anything else you need to know? I know there is a "connection happening" since everytime I try to print, the printer spits out the same gibberish and blank pages! Thank you!
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:53 PM   #8
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OK, it is connected to a Windows computer.
To use the standard network protocols in OS X (Windows Printing, IP printing), you need to use a CUPS driver. HP doesn't provide CUPS drivers - their driver was written for USB only. I don't know of a free CUPS driver specifically for your printer. You can try the HP Photosmart P1100 Gimp-Print driver included in OS X. Or, you may be able to buy a CUPS driver from www.printfab.net.

Here's a guide to follow, too:
http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/3015.html
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