HP Deskjet 400 wont't print. Help?!

HP Deskjet 400 wont't print. Help?!

Post by Alvaro A. Nov » Tue, 05 Jan 1999 04:00:00

        --- Reporting printing problem ---

Printer Model: HP DeskJet 400
Software: Redhat 5.1; kernel 2.0.34; ghostscript 3.33, printtool 3.28

Problem: No longer able to print but text files.

        - "Print ASCII test page" and "Print ASCII directly to port" no
        - Printing ps test file from print tool the following message is
          printed "-r must be followed by <res> or <xres>x<yres>
          note: The same happens if I attempt it from gv.

Solutions attempted:
        - Reinstall the printer (selecting HP DeskJet 400, 500C, ... driver)
        - Uninstall the printer, deleting /var/spool/lpd/lp/* and
        - add the line -r 300x300 to the /var/spool/lpd/lp/postscript.cfg
        - add the line -r 300x300 to the Ghostscript options available
          from the print tool window.
        - install a newer version of ghostscript 5.10, but this removed the
          HP DeskJet 400 driver. Even though, I attempted with an
         alternative HP driver, the error messages were the same.
          So, I uninstalled it and reinstalled the Ghostscript 3.33.

Weird facts:
        - I was able to print ps files, webpages, files created with
          5.0 up until today (1.2.99);
        - Sorry, I do not know the exact content of the printcap that did
          work for me. This is the content of the current (annoying) printcap
                ##PRINTTOOL3## LOCAL cdj500 300x300 letter {} DeskJet500
1 1

        - What I did today (1.2.99) before attempting a print out:
                - installed RealPlayer 5.0
                - installed R (a statistical packages), which required me to
                  "updated" the libraries w/ "ncurses3".
                - note: All packages installed w/ rpm -i or -U option.
        - When I first installed RedHat 5.1 I had exactly the same problem,
          the n-th time I installed it, for some 'magical' reason everything
         worked fine (as I reported above). So, the problem is really not

Thanks a bunch to all of you who will help me solving this annoying problem.


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                              Alvaro A. Novo
                         2116 S. Orchard St., #304
                             Urbana, IL 61801

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