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Pan KX-P1150 occasional ASCII

Posted on 1998-12-15
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My printer prints occasional ASCII characters at the end of a page, sometimes at the end of a line.  I cannot duplicate this problem when I try to update the driver.  I got the printer about 8 months ago, and it came with a printer driver's disk.  I tried installing a newer driver w/my Windows 98 update CD, however, the problem continues.  Explanations? Ways to cure this problem?  (Printing probs occur in more than one program (acct and wordperfect 7.0 win)
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by:rosefire
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A bad printer cable can cause loss of infomation during its tranmission to the printer and result in this behavior.  Are you using an IEEE-1284 complaint cable?
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>Explanations?
Working under Windows, the big majority of printers work in "graphics mode", this is, the page, even when it's only text, is generated by drawing a graph. That graph is composed of several thousands of simple ASCII characters, plus some other control characters, depending on the printer. If printer looses som control chars, the following sequence of ASCII chars can be interpreted as pure text chars, and that's why you see that garbage ASCII text.


>Ways to cure this problem?
Tha main problem is to recognize the reasons why your printer behaves that way. Main possibilities fall on: BIOS setup, cable, old drivers, op.sys. problem, noise at electrical supply (a big motors starts while you're printing), the printer itself.

Try to check those things and let us know what's up.

 
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by:rosefire
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Indi, are you still working on this problem?  If so, we need some feedack.
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jrhelgeson earned 50 total points
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This question has been dormant since 12-16-1998, Are you still interested in this issue or should this question be archived?
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