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    Default openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    On a fresh openSUSE-12.1 install (with a fresh /home/user) some text from KDE4 won't print (most noticeable within a browser (firefox, chrome, konqueror all have same behaviour).

    For example, when firefox prints a table, often black-and-white text will not print, but coloured text will print (from web pages, and also from some other PDF apps such as occular). But if I print 1st to a PDF file, and then print the PDF file from acroread then the text will print. My mother's effective work around here is to run her WinXP virtual box session (client under the openSUSE server) and print from firefox in WinXP which works fine (and hence no need for an intermediary print to file) ! Go figure.

    To better illustrate the above quote, the image below illustrates what I get when I print from firefox, chrome, konqueror, or even print to a PDF and print the PDF from okular :


    and the image below illustrates what I should get, and I do get the text when I print to a PDF and then print the PDF from acroread:


    .... it makes me think this could be KDE4 related.

    This was encountered when setting up openSUSE-12.1 on my 86-year old mother's PC: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/o...others-pc.html Previous openSUSE-11.3 install did not have that problem.

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    Question Re: openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    On a fresh openSUSE-12.1 install (with a fresh /home/user) some text from KDE4 won't print (most noticeable within a browser (firefox, chrome, konqueror all have same behaviour).

    For example, when firefox prints a table, often black-and-white text will not print, but coloured text will print (from web pages, and also from some other PDF apps such as occular). But if I print 1st to a PDF file, and then print the PDF file from acroread then the text will print. My mother's effective work around here is to run her WinXP virtual box session (client under the openSUSE server) and print from firefox in WinXP which works fine (and hence no need for an intermediary print to file) ! Go figure.

    To better illustrate the above quote, the image below illustrates what I get when I print from firefox, chrome, konqueror, or even print to a PDF and print the PDF from okular :


    and the image below illustrates what I should get, and I do get the text when I print to a PDF and then print the PDF from acroread:


    .... it makes me think this could be KDE4 related.

    This was encountered when setting up openSUSE-12.1 on my 86-year old mother's PC: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/o...others-pc.html Previous openSUSE-11.3 install did not have that problem.
    So I have had print problems before with KDE 4.7, I can't say they were like these exactly, but not recently since switching to KDE 4.8 and I wonder if it might not be a fix for your other icon problems as well?

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    Default Re: openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcdaniel3 View Post
    So I have had print problems before with KDE 4.7, I can't say they were like these exactly, but not recently since switching to KDE 4.8 and I wonder if it might not be a fix for your other icon problems as well?
    I note openSUSE-12.1 has KDE-4.7.2 release-5. .... This is my 86-year old mother's PC (here in Canada) and I will be maintaining it remotely from Germany. I confess I'm not motivated to maintain it remotely with KDE-4.8 as I am not a believer in the installation of a non-stock KDE version (especially with remote maintenance being needed). My mother can live with these off colour icons and the ugly printing (no B&W text) as she has a work around for each.

    Her work around for the print problem is to launch winXP in Virtual Box, and it prints fine from there. .... Now me being a GNU/Linux user, its an ugly solution thou, even though my mother does not mind WinXP. The PC being the AMD equivalent of a Core-i7, it means winXP runs reasonably fast in Virtual Box.

    .... its unfortunate if this is a KDE-4.7.2 bug.

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    Default Re: openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    I feel the only solution is a work around as she already and wisely found or a major KDE desktop upgrade, cause your not going to get a fix any other way until openSUSE 12.2 comes out and another openSUSE version upgrade might require more effort than a desktop upgrade. Also, the KDE 4.8 upgrade has worked better than previously used ones for me anyway. What is really odd is knowing what triggers these oddities that do not exist on every system, but I have not come to a better understand on that point.

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    Default Re: openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    I have not had any trouble really, but a friend deleted the printer from Yast. Opened up CUPS in a browser and setup the printer there, solved his double sided issue too.
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    Default Re: openSUSE-12.1 - KDE4 - some text does not print

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I have not had any trouble really, but a friend deleted the printer from Yast. Opened up CUPS in a browser and setup the printer there, solved his double sided issue too.
    Thank you! I had the same issue as the OP, and this solved it for me.

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