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Subject: Gobbledy-gook!
Date Posted: 9/24/2007 7:15 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2006
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Does anyone else have this problem?  I have the default on my printer set for grayscale/fast draft, but when it prints off my PBS labels, all the printing comes out in gobbledy-gook.  If I reprint at fast normal, it comes out fine, but it means I can't just queue up my labels (I can have six or seven books at a time to mail) because I need to change the print quality for each label.  I don't really want to change my defaults because I try to conserve on toner as much as possible---since I have joined PBS, I go thru it like crazy!  (That's good, right?)  Is there something I am doing wrong, or is it just the way it is?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 7:39 AM ET
Member Since: 12/8/2006
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Darlene, I had an HP printer when I joined PBS and it printed great at fast draft, but I had to replace it and bought a Lexmark and I have to print normal, otherwise I get gobbely goop as well. I think it all may depend on what type of printer you have.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2005
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I have noticed that if I am impatient and try to print before the pdf file finishes loading I get the gibberish on the label. Wait a minute before printing to make sure the file is completely loaded. Check your printer settings. Maybe you need to download the file and load it into Acrobat and print it that way. Have you tried the other label? The one you get when you click on having problems printing or whatever that was! Experiment with things!

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:26 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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It's happened here too a few times.  I reprint, or close my browser and re-open and try again, or, in the extrememe, restart my computer.  It usually comes out fine the second time around.  Haven't figured out how it randomly decides which label will be printed in the language they obviously speak on Jupiter, but it does happen from time to time.  Try reprinting, or shutting your browser and opening a new one.  Good luck

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2006
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I have had the goobledy-gook a couple of times and I just reprint the label and it has always been right the 2nd time I print.  I think my problem was as Diane said - impatience on my part.  I have found that if I wait a few seconds longer, I get less labels that are wrong.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2006
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Geez, and I kept thinking I had some kind of weird virus that disrupted the system. I spent hours purging. Guess I'll just be patient from now on.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Never had printing problems on labels, are you all using those evil Macs or something? Had to say I came in here wondering what the heck kind of weird stuff someone found in a nasty book they received. I spend to much time reading the horror stories in the forum. :)

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2006
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Nothing gross, Mel, just this daggone computer/printer.  I changed the defaults to Fast Normal and just printed off five labels---and three of them gobbled!  Maybe I am too impatient...hard to belive, I know.

 

However, regarding gross, about a month ago I got a book and it had this huge squashed bug in it.  It was at the front of the book, so I decided maybe the swapper didn't know they'd included protein in their trade.  I was mostly thru the book before I found it, so I finished it, but very gingerly and with a certain distaste.  Then I threw the book away.  Couldn't send it out in that condition, although my husband suggested scraping la cucaracha out, but I didn't have the stomach for that, either...

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Good thing USPS didn't inspect, I bet THAT doesn't qualify for media mail rates :)