Can anyone explain these printing anomalies?

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Can anyone explain these printing anomalies?
« on: 11/11/2014 22:18:19 »
I have a rather antique printer 1995 (LaserJet 4 M Plus) vintage that normally serves me well but today I tried to print out a 29 page PDF document using Acrobat 10.0 and ended up having to print one page at a time with missed portions and many strange error messages.
So I hunted around and found a free and simple PDF reader Sumatra PDF that worked like a dream.
I only have windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems maybe it would have been OK with an older system.

PS I Tried with Puppy Linux but could not get the usb printer to connect
« Last Edit: 25/11/2014 10:28:44 by Georgia »
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Re: Printing anomalies
« Reply #1 on: 13/11/2014 08:01:43 »
I run USB with Fedora just fine.  You may need to install drivers.  I think the printer drivers would be with CUPS.  Anyway, USB is pretty widely supported except with NT.

What were your error messages? 

I wonder if you're having a memory problem.  According to notes, the printer should be able to support about 50MB maximum (3 x 16MB + 2).  Hopefully they're pretty cheap.

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Re: Can anyone explain these printing anomalies?
« Reply #2 on: 11/02/2015 14:40:22 »
I have a rather antique printer 1995 (LaserJet 4 M Plus
Can I ask how do you connect it? Parallel port card?
I've just moved to Win 7 and want to connect old LJ 4, not sure whether drivers will work
Thanks
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Re: Can anyone explain these printing anomalies?
« Reply #3 on: 13/02/2015 20:03:11 »
I don't have a printer port so I have to connect via an expensive USB adapter cable, you should have no problem with windows 7  windows will pull in a great range of drivers for antique printers if you are patient
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Re: Can anyone explain these printing anomalies?
« Reply #4 on: 14/02/2015 13:17:40 »
I don't have a printer port so I have to connect via an expensive USB adapter cable, you should have no problem with windows 7  windows will pull in a great range of drivers for antique printers if you are patient

Thanks, good to know the USB adaptor works
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