Windows Thread, Black bars across Office 2003 print outs in Technical; I've got a real odd problem here, when our users are printing out from a room that runs Windows XP ...
7th February 2008, 05:02 PM #1
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Black bars across Office 2003 print outs
I've got a real odd problem here, when our users are printing out from a room that runs Windows XP Pro SP2 32bit, Office 2003 SP3 to a HP 2200 laser printer they get big black bars across the page wherever there are any images or word art (Word, Powerpoint and Excel).
I've gone to a machine that runs XP Pro x64 SP2 and Office 2003 SP3 and printed to the same printer (same printer share just a 64bit driver) and there are no bars.
If they print to the HP 5500 colour laser they got no bars either.
Any ideas anyone?
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7th February 2008, 07:20 PM #2
I think you've isolated the problem really well. It looks like there's a 32bit driver problem. I'd recommend you download the latest 32bit driver for your printer.
7th February 2008, 08:35 PM #3
I would say the printer is running out of memory and isn't able to render the images, so it prints black. Used to happen a lot years ago, but not seen it for ages.
Don't know what the solution is, though, other than get a printer with more memory, or upgrade the memory if you can.
7th February 2008, 09:26 PM #4
All very well diagnosed, every one valid.
I have one comment to add though, there is a well known issue with the Jetdirect 610n that were normally supplied in these.
So much so that HP replaced any faulty ones with a 620 if they failed under warranty without question.
IF you have a 610 Jetdirect I would put my money on that being your problem.
Be careful as there are a load of dodgy ones floating around on EBay.
If your 610 dies replace it with a 620.
HP knew about this and buried it.
8th February 2008, 11:03 AM #5
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Thanks for the replies guys...
We're already running the latest version of the HP Universal driver, so I can't update that.
Most of the JetDirect cards in the printers failed years ago (have had the 2200's for 6 years now) and have been replaced with the 620n's.
The possibility of the printer running out of memory doesn't explain why I can print the document from a 64bit machine and it works but not from a 32bit machine. However, I've got some memory that will fit the printer so I'll stick it in one of them and see.
Attached is a print out to show you exactly what's happening, all I did was make a new powerpoint (this time in Powerpoint 2007) and add a chart, where the chart is I get the black bar.
8th February 2008, 11:13 AM #6
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Changed the driver to the PCL6 version instead of PCL5 and it works fine.
However I'm sure when I installed the latest Universal Driver it defaulted to PCL6 and it caused problems so I put it to PCL5 for a reason... can't remember why though :P
Will see how it goes for the rest of the day!
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