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Printer driver possible issue

I have a HP Elitebook laptop that is doing something odd, when printed to PDF, it prints all BLACK. When printing to excel of a certain printer HP Laserjet 1300 prints gibberish. The following was tried:

Printers removed and added back. What can be the issue? I really don't want to re-image the machine.
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yachtingpromotions
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Have you installed or modified any anti-virus or other security software recently? If so, exclude the print spooler from its attention. You can also try temporarily disabling such software to see if that makes a difference.

PDF printing and general printing problems often come together, as applications effectively print to the PDF program.
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yachtingpromotionsAuthor Commented:
AWAWADA, did that no change. I have attached two images one of EXCEL the other one is PRINTED TO PDF from that particular EXCEL.
201305161645.pdf
201305161644.pdf
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yachtingpromotionsAuthor Commented:
@Perarduaadastra
No new AV software installations. Just MS Essentials. Will look into excluding it from scan.
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nobusCommented:
did you test the printer itself?  by printing a configuration or test page? or on another system?
it can be bad, or maybe a bad cable
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hdhondtCommented:
Does the PDF look OK when displayed on the screen? If yes, try selecting "print as image" under the Advanced button in the Print dialogue box.

The above assumes you are using Acrobat Reader. If you are using a different PDF reader, which one?

If the PDF is wrong on screen, which PDF writer are you using?
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yachtingpromotionsAuthor Commented:
@Nobus yes printer prints all other formats ok, plus if redirected to another network printer, PDFs still blacked out.

@HDhondt The PDF is displayed OK on the screen with colors and all. Will try to print as image. The Adobe used is 8.1.3 Adobe Professional with latest updates.
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nobusCommented:
then it seems there's something wrong with the pdf file
copy it and test again - open it, modify it, and save before testing also
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yachtingpromotionsAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
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