[cups.general] Print blurry, looks like drop shadow on all text?

Trey Ethridge tale at juno.com
Mon Jan 17 12:40:50 PST 2005

Hello all,

Good points.  The printer is HP5550 Deskjet.  The PPD in /etc/cups/ppd/ is hp5550.ppd.  I'm using the hpijs driver.  I've also tried the hpijs-rss driver, but it didn't fix the problem either.

$uname -a
Linux Otto 2.6.5-1.358 #1 Sat May 8 09:04:50 EDT 2004 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

The distro is Fedora Core 2 with all updates from atrpms.  I installed the printer using the system-config-printer gui.

# rpm -qa | grep cups

The info from localhost:631 states the printer is:
HP Deskjet 5550 Foomatic/hpijs (recommended)
Device URI: usb:/dev/usb/lp0
The PCFileName: "HPIJS.PPD"

I know there is a lot more that I could post for you guys, but since it's printing, I'm not sure how relavent debug logs and configuration files are at this point.  Let me know if there is anything else critical that I left out.

By the way, Most of the files I've printed through the test page options in the system-config-printer gui, but I've also printed from firefox.  I haven't tried printing from KDE.  I noticed some of the info about KDE so I thought that information might be valuable.

-- Trey

Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Monday 17 January 2005 15:00, Trey Ethridge wrote:
> >Hello all,
> >
> >I'm having a hard time figuring out why my printed pages look like
> > they have a drop shadow under them.  It's like the printer printed
> > the same line of text twice and the second time it shifted up just
> > a milimeter so that it doesn't line up correctly.
> >
> >I've verified that the printer works fine when connected to a
> > Windows box, but when connected to my Fedora Core 2 box, the print
> > is blurry.  By the way, that is with the same test page.  I have
> > samba set up so I sent the same MS Win XP test page to the Fedora
> > box so that I could compare the same piece of paper printed through
> > two machines.
> >
> >I don't believe the problem to be related to Samba because even the
> > cups test page, jpeg test page, and a4 test page all appear blurred
> > when printed from the local fedora machine.
> >
> >I'm at a loss over where to look next.  Could somebody tell me how
> > to troubleshoot this print quality problem further?
> >
> >Thanks in advance,
> >-- Trey
> Its rather hard to define where the problem might be Trey, when you
> don't give us the version of cups in use, and the ppd file in use,
> nor a printer model number.
> But I'd suggest that you goto the web page localhost:631 with your
> favorite browser and reconfigure it there to match up the driver and
> the printers model number.  Just s SWAG of course, but it sounds like
> you are using the wrong driver ppd.
> --
> Cheers, Gene
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