HP PhotoSmart printer won't print colour photos from Powerpoint slides

Posted on 2006-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am using Win.2000 Pro, PowerPoint 2003 (version 11.5529.5606) running on a Dell Latitude D600 laptop, with a HP PhotoSmart 7762 printer.  Problem occurs when I want to print slides from Powerpoint that incorporate colour photos.  It will print OK in black and white, but in colour it often (though not always) splits colour photos horizontally into multiple horizontal stripes, sometimes as many as six stripes.  Each stripe contains a copy of the complete photo with horizontal scale OK but vertical scale compressed into the stripe.  For example if 4 stripes, complete picture represented 4 times on top of each other, each one compressed to 25 per cent of correct height.  On a TV set I would say the horizontal hold has gone haywire.  What can I do?  
Question by:hawkinsp
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    Accepted Solution

    Try this. Go to Start > Printers. Right-click the printer and select Properties. Click on the Advanced tab, and then on the button that says "Start printing after last page is spooled"

    You can also try to turn off PowerPoint's backgorund printing (under Tools > Options > Print)
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    Expert Comment

    hdhondt is on the right path

    under Tools > Options > Print...adjust these settings and try.

    Author Comment

    The option to "start printing after last page is spooled" didn't by itself cure the problem, it was only when spooling was disabled altogether the problem went away.  This setting can only be used occasionally since it means multiple documents cannot be queued up to the same printer.  I will leave spooling enabled most of the time, and set it off when I want to print one of these PowerPoint slide shows having lots of troublesome pictures.    Thanks to everyone for your help.

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