[ALUG] Printing suddenly changed to monochrome only - UPDATE

Barry Samuels bjsamuels at beenthere-donethat.org.uk
Sun Jun 7 15:11:59 BST 2009

On 07/06/09 12:44:51, Barry Samuels wrote:
> I have recently changed over to CUPS in my Debian system although I 
> don't think that caused the problem.

It did!

> I have an HP Colour LaserJet 4500 which will happily print a test page 
> from the printer menu which includes colour so no problem there.
> However in the CUPS setup the only options I get are 'Grayscale' or 
> 'Inverted Grayscale'. The driver selected is 'HP Color LaserJet 4500 - 
> CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.3 (en)' and the printer will print only in 
> monochrome.
> Any ideas?
> -- 
> Barry Samuels

Changing the driver to Generic/Postscript Level 2 now enables me to print 
in colour but there are still problems.

I can print from Gimp using Gutenprint but using the non-Gutenprint option 
takes forever. Printing a small low resolution image seems to take 10 
times as long, at least, as with Gutenprint and higher resolution and 
larger take so long I've given up waiting (40 minutes and still going).

The printer is connected via the internal network and I can see the data 
being transmitted which it was during that 40 minutes after which I 
cancelled the job.

Why should it take so long?

Barry Samuels
The Unofficial Guide to Great Britain

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