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    Question Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    Just installed SuSE 11.1 (clean install) and cannot get my IBM 4216-031 Personal PagePrinter II to work properly.

    1. OpenOffice software can get to it but seems to print only 5 pages then quits. Otherwise, it seems to work here.

    2. Firefox printing results in a message printed on the printer of "This print job requires a PostScript language Level 2 printer".

    3. CUPS cannot print a test page. It seems to be printing it, the light on the printer blinks, then stops - no paper ever moves.

    For more detail: The printer is an old postscript level 1 printer with 2meg of memory. I supplied a ppd file (ibm31514.ppd that came with it many years ago) when I installed it. I tried the generic level 1 postscript.ppd file that came with SuSE with no change to the results.

    When I print from OpenOffice, I notice the "Manage Printing" function in CUPS shows no activity, but the "KJobViewer" shows the print job and its progress. Same thing occurs when I print from Firefox (actually get the error message instead of any print output). When I go into the CUPS "Manage Printing" application and display "Show all jobs", they are actually all there - just never saw them pass through when they were active.

    I'm new at this and would appreciate someone pointing to a direction to solve this situation.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    On 2009-03-06, Relative <Relative@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    > Just installed SuSE 11.1 (clean install) and cannot get my IBM 4216-031
    > Personal PagePrinter II to work properly.


    I've had a dozen 4019's and one or two 4029's on my server, if I remember
    correctly. Their PostScript came as an add-on and never worked that well.
    But those printers had a perfectly working Proprinter, PCL and HPGL/2
    support.

    For 'normal' printing, I'd go for the PCL interpreter.
    Start with trying a simple HP Laserjet series II driver.

    If it works, you'll have to investigate a bit more to see how recent a
    Laserjet driver you can use, to get the best quality (well, resolution) out
    of it. Don't bother going beyond Laserjet 4+. Beyond that, drivers tend to
    use PostScript. With the limited RAM it has, the PS interpreter won't leave
    much free for actual printing. :-)


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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    Just the opposite for me. The 4216-031 works natively as a PostScript printer just fine under Windows. The hplj and proprinter modes are the ones that are unpredictable.

    When OpenOffice prints to it, it looks great - just won't do more than 5 pages at a time for some reason. Even though watching the printer monitor it seems to be sending all pages asked for. I can probably get by with 5-page 'chunks' for a while from OpenOffice, but not being able to print from my browser, e-mail and just using CUPS in general is the real problem. Core to the problem seems to be CUPS at the moment.

    Mike

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    Unhappy Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    I've tried updating the ppd file to the latest Adobe specs and have had no joy.

    No suggestions?

    Mike

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    you might just have to buy a new printer

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    On Sat March 7 2009 01:46 am, Relative wrote:

    >
    > I've tried updating the ppd file to the latest Adobe specs and have had
    > no joy.
    >
    > No suggestions?
    >
    > Mike
    >
    >

    Mike;

    Check the log files in /var/log/cups to see if there are any error messages
    there. If there are please post them.
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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    OK. Sequentially tried some different source printouts:

    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/postscript.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] File of type application/postscript queued by "root".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Queued on "IBM4216_031" by "root".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21773)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel (PID 21774)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:34:28 -0700] [Job 69] Completed successfully.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/pdf.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] File of type application/pdf queued by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Queued on "IBM4216_031" by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pdftops (PID 21789)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21790)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:38:07 -0700] [Job 70] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel (PID 21791)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:39:24 -0700] [Job 70] Completed successfully.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/postscript.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] File of type application/postscript queued by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] Queued on "USB_IBM_4216-031" by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21822)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:04 -0700] [Job 71] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/usb (PID 21823)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:40 -0700] [Job 71] Canceled by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/postscript.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] File of type application/postscript queued by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] Queued on "IBM4216_031" by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21826)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:40:58 -0700] [Job 72] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel (PID 21827)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:14 -0700] [Job 72] Completed successfully.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/postscript.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] File of type application/postscript queued by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] Queued on "IBM4216_031" by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21829)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:41:54 -0700] [Job 73] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel (PID 21830)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:23 -0700] [Job 73] Completed successfully.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is application/postscript.
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] Adding start banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] Adding end banner page "none".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] File of type application/postscript queued by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] Queued on "IBM4216_031" by "mikecebula".
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 21834)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:42:44 -0700] [Job 74] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel (PID 21835)
    I [07/Mar/2009:19:43:35 -0700] [Job 74] Completed successfully.

    Job 69 was a print test page from Yast2 - completed successfully - printer blinked as data transferred, never moved the paper.

    Job 70 was a print of a ppd file from kwrite - completed successfully - printer blinked as data transferred, never moved the paper.

    Job 71 was directed to the wrong printer port - I cancelled it.

    Job 72 & 73 were single page prints from OfficeWriter - completed successfully - both pages came out OK. So far, OfficeWriter seems to be the only thing working correctly - at least as far as I have exercised it. Only plain text tried so far in all examples.

    Job 74 was a screen from Firefox - completed successfully - however the output was the message "This print job requires a PostScript Language Level 2 printer."

    The only thing I see questionable in the error log is the start and end banner page references - but that seems to take place whether the printout is actually successful or not.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    On Sat March 7 2009 09:06 pm, Relative wrote:

    >
    > OK. Sequentially tried some different source printouts:
    >
    > I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job ???] Request file type is
    > application/postscript.
    > I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Adding start banner page
    > "none".
    > I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] Adding end banner page "none".
    > I [07/Mar/2009:19:33:08 -0700] [Job 69] File of type
    > application/postscript queued by "root".

    <snip>
    > The only thing I see questionable in the error log is the start and end
    > banner page references - but that seems to take place whether the
    > printout is actually successful or not.
    >
    > Mike
    >

    Mike;

    Nothing jumps out here. You might want to look at the openprinting.org web
    site. There is no listing for your IBM printer. They do have some general
    information here:
    http://openprinting.org/show_driver....ver=Postscript
    Look at the CUPS section.

    I suggest you first un-install the printer and then try to install directly
    with CUPS (not YAST). You can access CUPS here:
    http://localhost:631/
    When you need to authenticate the user is: root, the password is: root's
    password.

    Sometimes YAST seems to miss install a printer and this may be one. There is
    no guarantee this will help; but it can't hurt.

    Remember that Google is your friend.

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    Didn't make any difference. As far as not listing the printer, it's a PostScript printer and they are ALL supported - at least to some extent. Unless someone, somewhere arbitrarily decided that PostScript Level 1 printers are going to all be considered obsolete - but I haven't found that statement yet.

    Incidentally it works for everything in OpenOffice applications - including pictures and graphs, etc. It's just that everything else won't work. I believe it is a CUPS problem and OpenOffice doesn't route through CUPS.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Cannot get Postscript printer to work properly

    AFAIK OO just uses the same printer queue as everything else. Have you tried printing a Postscript file from the command line with lp or lpr?

    Also while probably not a factor in this case, the complexity of the Postscript document that can be printed depends on the RAM available in the printer. So it's quite possible that a simple document can print but a complex one cannot in some cases and this has nothing to do with the spooler.

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