HP Deskjet 950C printing rubbish - help!

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  1. josephlim macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I am using a Linksys PSUS4 (http://www.linksysbycisco.com/APAC/en/support/PSUS4) print server with a HP Deskjet 950C. I had no problems printing from a Windows OS.

    I swtiched to a Macbook Pro 15" (MAC OS 10.5.8) recently, ensured that I could detect my print server using AppleTalk and installed the latest drivers from Apple and HP. Whenever I tried to print from my MacBook, the printer prints rubbish. I am unable to adjust any printing settings, like to print colour or grayscale, ink usage and etc.

    Please advise how I can solve this problem. Thanks much!
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    The driver provided by HP for your printer is USB-only. You have to use a CUPS driver to use OS X's standard network protocols. Try updating the Gutenprint drivers on your Mac:
    http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/macosx

    Note that the hpijs drivers on the same page also work with your model.
     
  3. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Thank you for responding!
    I downloaded and installed this http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-print/files/gutenprint-5.2/5.2.4/gutenprint-5.2.4.dmg/download but it is still printing rubbish?!
     
  4. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    When you deleted and then re-Added the printer in Print & fax prefs, did you select the driver with Gutenprint 5.2.4 in its name?
     
  5. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes. The driver name is HP Deskjet 950C - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.4.
     
  6. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I forgot to ask what protocol you used to Add the printer - did it require a queue name (LPD and IPP)?

    I'll try reading the print server manual :)

    Look at page 25 of the manual.
    There's nothing in Apple's docs that would prepare you to look for this, but, Add the printer using IP > IPP, enter the IP address and queue name of P1 ("P" one).

    Good luck!
     
  7. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I used this way to add the printer, http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/linksys.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=15868

    This way prints rubbish.

    Is this the manual you are referring to? http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/linksys.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=15868

    How can I check the IP of my printer server? Isn't it dynamic IP? Then I would have to check everytime I print?

    Thanks a lot for your help! :)
     
  8. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    The manual I was looking at was from 4 yr ago.
    I believe you can use Appletalk as long as you use the Gutenprint or hpijs driver (CUPS driver).

    Setting a static IP address is appropriate for any "server."
     
  9. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see. Using AppleTalk, the printer prints rubbish and printing settings are not available. Anyway to rectify that?
     
  10. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Your print server has a built-in web page. Use a browser to connect to it and set the IP address to an address in the same local subnet as your computers. Example - computers get IP addresses of 192.168.0.4 and 192.168.0.5 - set print server to 192.168.0.200.

    If you don't know the address of the print server, read the manual for how to print out a config page.

    The rubbish you see is likely untranslated postscript. Maybe you should try the other CUPS driver, hpijs (3 parts required):
    http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/MacOSX/hpijs
     
  11. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did not try the other driver.

    I have managed to navigate to my print server's web page and set a static IP. Also I have added the printer according to IP > IPP. The test page print looks fine but the settings are still not available. Please advise me further? :)
     
  12. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry,
    Since I don't have that printer or print server, you've reached the limit of my help!

    One last question - you mean there are no choices in the Copies and Pages pull-down menu?
     
  13. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, there are some choices to select like colour, quality, etc.
    I suppose that should be sufficient for now.
    Thanks so much for your guidance! :D
     
  14. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    You're welcome.

    Maybe you should try the other driver - HP did participate in the creation of hpijs.
     
  15. josephlim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sure, will do that if this does not work out the way I wish to. :)
     

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