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Canon LBP-4 that prints half pages only!

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Hello Fellow IT-freaks! (nothing bad meant)

I've got a Canon LBP-4 printer that only prints half pages, even if it is a whole page of text. Then it continues on another page. Sometimes it even prints it more to the left than it's supposed to.

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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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Sounds like a memory or timeout problem.
If it happens on pages with a lot of print or graphics, it is probably memory, that model only came with
512kb of memory by default, I think.
You could try increasing the timeout on the printer, might help.
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The thing is that it was only one page of text. I  will try increasing the timeout, and, Yes you are right only 512kb of memory.
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Thing is, depending on the font, text can be quite large.
i.e. if it is plain courier, text only output, it is small, but output from some applications is in fancy fonts, or even bitmaps, which can fill the memory.
A Laser printer needs to have enough memory to hold at least one full page, as the print engine can print faster than the pc and the processor can send and process.
You could also check that the spool settings are set to spool, start printing after last page has spooled.
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by:sciwriter
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Whole page of text in WP app is only 38KB.  Don't think above is the problem.

Assuming you're running Win XP, scrap the XP drivers and install the Windows 2000 drivers for the Canon LBP-4 printer.  Bet that will fix the problem.  Same issue on an HP 5L.

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Using Windows 2000, and i use plain text. Nothing fancy at all. Is there anyway i can free up the memory? I will test all you said and report hows it going, when i get access to the printer.
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you could try switching off "advanced printing features" .They can often increase spool size dramatically, especially on the generic mini drivers that ship with 2k and xp.
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