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Subject: Gobbledy-Gook Wrappers?
Date Posted: 12/12/2007 9:38 PM ET
Member Since: 3/3/2006
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I am getting a plethora of wrappers that are printing in some alien language. It's just random letters and such, and nothing I can use. This wouldn't be a problem, except I'm sending several books (I have 15 requests to pack and mail right now) and I'm getting a wasted wrapper about half the time. This is turning into a lot of wasted paper and ink!

Could I be doing something wrong? I feel like I do the same things when I get a crap wrapper as when I get a good one. I don't know. Grrr!

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Date Posted: 12/12/2007 10:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2007
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When this happens to me I reboot my computer and unplug and then replug my printer. 

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 12:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I've noticed this happens to me if I close the label window too soon.  Usually if I'm printing a recipe from a website I can close the page once it's started printing but not with the address labels.  It seems to get confused. I also notice if I print more than 2 or 3 labels at a time, it tells me for the rest "postage not available for this address." This was very frustrating the other day when I 10 book orders to process and like 5 of them wouldn't print.  I like the PBS postage.  I had to log out for a few hours and print them again. 

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 3:11 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2006
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This used to happen to me once in a while, too, until I came to this forum to ask for help.  I was told to ALWAYS choose "Try the backup wrapper" option instead of the main option, and now that I do that every time I print, I have never had the bad printing again.

Hope that helps,

Katrina

 

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2005
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This only happens when you open the label and (without letting the label load), hit the print button too quickly.  If you just wait a few seconds after opening the label, they won't print incorrectly.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2007
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I just use the nonsense wrappers as extra layers of wrapping for smaller books! But yes, it is annoying.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 11:57 AM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2005
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I have taught myself to be patient and let the pdf load completely before printing the wrapper and I don't have the problem.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 7:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/3/2006
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I do let it load completely (normally I hit load, or open or whatever it's called, and then I go to anoher webpage for a minute or two while it loads), so I know that isn't the problem. I'll try the secondary label and see if that helps, thanks!

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:37 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2006
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Uninstall your printer and re-install it.  Download a new driver from the internet.  That should fix it.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2007 11:54 PM ET
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The reason you would get gobbley gook from closing the PDF or website too soon is because your printer settings are probably set not to spool, but to print directly from the computer.  Most printers have a setting where you can spool whatever you are going to print...that means it is temporarily saved in the printer memory, then prints.  It is good to have this setting when you are printing several pages at once--that way your computer isn't slowed down so much while printing.