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Printing photos on a HP Color LaserJet 2550

This command prints nicely coloured photos on the laser printer: lp -o scaling=100 -o landscape -o PageRegion=A4 -o PageSize=A4 -o HPOption_PaperPolicy=Scale -o HPEdgeControl=Off -o HPColorSmart=Automatic -o HPRGBEmulation=Vivid -o MediaType=Glossy photo.jpg The media type will probably have to be adjusted to match the paper used. This command will show all the available options: lpoptions -l

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OpenOffice still won’t print with CUPS

Some time ago OpenOffice in Debian Testing stopped working with CUPS. I reported the bug, and it was fixed, but for some reason the fix was rolled back, so now I’m back at using a “Generic Printer” for my output, without all CUPS options.

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Printing from Mozilla Thunderbird through Xprint

I finally managed to print emails decently from Mozilla Thunderbird with the Xprint backend. Until now it has always come out too big, too small, in the wrong fonts or something else. It has never printed anything presentable. The necessary instruction on how to make it work are here. First of all, remove the copies […]

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HP Color LaserJet 2550L

My old laser printer died, and a few days later I stumbled over a good offer on a Hewland-Packard HP Color LaserJet 2550L, which I promptly bought. I got it for around $440 plus VAT. It is a colour laser printer, with four separate toner cartridges mounted on a carousel, and as the linuxprinting.org sites […]

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OpenOffice.org won’t print with CUPS anymore

For some reason oowriter has decided it doesn’t want to print with CUPS anymore. I had set up CUPS_SERVER to point to my home server, so I wouldn’t need to maintain a print setup on our laptops, and every other application prints nicely, but OOo. In the print dialog the two CUPS printers are there, […]

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HP PSC-950 and Gimp-Print

I have a HP PSC-950 (Printer/Scanner/Copier and Fax), and I can print and scan without problems using hpijs and ghostscript for printing, and hpoj and xsane for scanning. Printing of photos on photographic paper from Gimp has always been a problem. The PPD file for the PSC 950 (from linuxprinting.org, called “HP PSC 950 Foomatic/hpijs”) […]

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My HP LaserJet IIIP died suddenly

I had an old — very old — HP LaserJet IIIP which has served me quite well, but yesterday it wouldn’t turn on. No lights, no fan, nothing. As dead as a norwegian parrot! It might have blown a fuse or lost the power supply, I don’t know. Technical manuals for this kind of printer […]