Wireless Printing Problems

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sondhead, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. sondhead macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    I have been having a problem with printers hooked up to my Airport Express. With the first I just thought it was a faulty printer, but now my new LaserJet is doing it too: it won't let me print hardly any PDFs, at least through Adobe Acrobat. It'll open the printing program and process it, but then the status will just change to stopped and it won't print. If I convert the pages I need into TIFF files, Preview will print it, but as a PDF neither program will.

    Any ideas?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I wonder if something is getting messed with upon transmission. I assume both printers work ok on the same PDFs if plugged directly into the computer?

    In my experience, a lot of PDFs can be in some way funky such that, when the rendering engine on a printer attempts to render it, it chokes the printer in some way. This only applies to laser printers (inkjets rely on the OS to do the rendering, at least as far as I know). I've seen symptoms ranging from funky-looking output to crashing the printer--needs to be turned off and back on to get it to recover.

    That'd explain why printing a TIFF would work, since that's just a bitmap instead of a PDF that needs to be rendered; you can also use the Advanced box to tell Acrobat/Reader to "print as image", which has the same effect without the extra step.

    Only question is why this is happening with an Airport-connected printer; I wonder if in some way it's having trouble feeding data, at least from certain PDFs, to the printer? Maybe it's what's choking on the funky PDFs?

    If so, not much you can do, since that'd be a hardware issue.
  3. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I've had problems with printing PDF's wirelessly because the file size was too big. To fix this I used an option in the lower left of the print menu. Click on PDF --> Compress PDF. I don't see it all the time, I think it only appears with large files. But this solved my problem and was able to print just fine after that.

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