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Print to troublsome HP printers with new drivers
Authored by: maczac on Mar 27, '06 01:21:57PM

Thank you! This works for me.

For the record and for google searches.
I have an HP LaserJet 1200 series printer. MacOS X 10.4.5 (This printer worked fine with Jaguar, but under Panther and Tiger it did not work well, and was relegated to backup service.)

My problem was: If sent multiple jobs to the printer (ie into the queue) the printer would cycle through and print some (usually later sent) but not all of the documents. This was frustrating and required a rewrite of several printer scripts that sent jobs to this printer. Basically we had to let the printer cycle each job before sending the next. Printing was also sometimes inconsistent on multiple page PDFs, especially if they exceeded 20 or so pages.

All the usual hints, including CUPs generic drivers never worked any better than the native hp drivers.

For those of you not as technically savy: You need to save the link site's file(s) to your local disk. (ie Download linked file to...) Then as administrator, navigate to your /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj folder

Drop the downloaded file into that folder directory. You should make sure that its file type is ".ppd" (once you dl it, it will be saved as .txt, just delete the .txt and you will be presented with a dialog box confirming the change. Do so.)

Next open your Print Center Utility and select this new ppd for your troublesome hp printer. For mine it had the name "Foomatic/hpijs" in the printer model description. YMMV

I did not need to gzip the file. It is fine as a plain .ppd (which is merely a text file for printer drivers)
I also did not need to reset the printer cache, nor logout. The change worked immediately.

Hope this helps

BTW, the linked site has some very new and updated ppds for HP printers as of March 2006.

Good Luck


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