[Mageia-discuss] HP all in one DeskJet 1050 J410

TJ andrewsfarm at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 14:37:23 CEST 2011

On 09/18/2011 01:01 AM, blind Pete wrote:
> on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 23:15
> in the Usenet newsgroup gmane.linux.mageia.user
> TJ wrote:
>> On 09/16/2011 06:56 AM, Florian Hubold wrote:
> [snip]
>>> Did you check that the printer itself prints a testpage correct
>>> and not that maybe the ink cardridge is dried in?
>> Agreed. If you haven't checked it, try making a black copy. I know that
>> if I don't use my Officejet for 2-3 months, the black can stop flowing.
>> Generally, removing the cartridge and dabbing the nozzle area with a
>> damp paper towel is all that's needed to get it going again.
> How could I test that the printer itself is working?  That is what the
> "Test Page" is for.
>> From some distributions (Fedora 14, I think) it does print black, but
> that was missing something else - text I think.
My mistake. The only HP all-in-ones that I have had, an Officejet and a 
PSC, have each had "copy" buttons for making both black and color copies 
as a stand-alone device. I made the mistake of assuming yours was the 
same. It confirms the adage, "Never assume."

Even so, since you're partially able to print the test page, your 
printer and computer are communicating. It might be possible to load a 
text document of some sort and print it, making sure to set your 
"properties" to black-only grayscale.

It's possible that your printer will work, even if the test page prints 
incorrectly. Using Mandriva 2010.2, my Officejet refuses to print the HP 
Device Manager test page on a single sheet of paper. It uses three. 
Don't ask why - I don't know. Yet it prints everything else just fine. 
(Well, there's a duplexer issue, but that's not confined to the 
Officejet and has nothing to do with the test page.) BTW, the 
three-sheet test page problem doesn't exist in Mageia - so far.


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