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Printer prints letters in Green text instead of Black

Postby Rojiru on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:49 am

I have got a Hewlet Packard 3325 Printer. When I came to print off a letter yesterday, it printed in green ink, instead of black. Had to use XP to print the letter. I had the same problem with Fedora 11. But I had problems with the Internet with Fedora so never resolved the issue.

Thank you all for your anticipated help. Roger
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Re: Printer prints letters in Green text instead of Black

Postby DrHu on Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:05 pm

Are all the ink levels OK, you have enough black ink ?

You mean to print in black, but you have printed in color instead and got green ?

HP and Linux
For this printer a black cartidge is optional
http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_print ... skJet_3325
http://forums.openprinting.org/list.php?20
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Re: Printer prints letters in Green text instead of Black

Postby Rojiru on Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:40 pm

According to XP my ink levels are fine.

I needed to print off a letter, so the printer should have printed in black, but did not. Instead it printed in green. It works fine in Microsofts XP.

Does this clarify your questions.
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Re: Printer prints letters in Green text instead of Black

Postby ametedinov on Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:52 pm

Before you attemp to do anything, please read the entire post first


I have had that problem for about a year now, also with an HP printer, but the "solution" is simple. In the "print'' dialog box go to the "Advanced" tab and choose "Normal Grayscale (Black Cartridge)". This will print in Black and White using only your Black cartridge.

There is some problem with HP printers on Linux because this is what is happening: When you attempt to print the document with the default printer settings, all colors and including black are generated using the color cartridge. In other words, the black cartridge is not being used at all. When you change the settings as said above, only the black cartridge is used.

More generally, your (and my) hp printer can not use both cartridges at the same time; it is either the black or the color - and YOU are the one deciding which cartridge to use.

You may try installing HPLIP-GUI from the package manager and see if there are some options that will allow you to use both cartridges simultaneously.
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Re: Printer prints letters in Green text instead of Black

Postby Rojiru on Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:21 am

Thank you both. ametedinov your solution was spot on, but it looks as if there will be constraints when printing items with both colour and black print. I wonder what printers other linux users use, to overcome this problem.
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