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Subject: Text is gibberish when printing wrappers
Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2007
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I had this problem awhile back and I think a moderator needed to fix it.  I'm wondering if there is some way I can fix it myself.

I was printing out wrappers so I can mail out all these books tomorrow.  I printed 3 out totally fine, and then when I printed out others, the text was all gibberish and made no sense at all.

How can I fix this?

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2007
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Did you wait long enough for the page to fully load before printing it? I have heard that this can happen if you have "Rushin' fingers" on the print button.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Yes, I always wait for the page to load.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:27 PM ET
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Wow, I have this same exact problem from time to time with my printer.  I just always assumed it was because my computer and printer are both ancient in electronic years and could even be termed as POS.  To solve the jibberish problem, I just open the cartridge door on my printer and close it again.  (Which for my Lexmark means lifting the lid and letting it back down)  Not sure if that is what fixes the problem or why it would if it did, but when I click Print again, it works. 

Electronics and I have an uneasy relationship at best, so don't ask me to explain the whys and wherefores.  At this point, it could all be just superstition on my part.  But if so, it works for me and I'm stickin' to it ;0)

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I had this problem before too. I just hit refresh on the page and printed it again and it came out fine.


Hope you get it fixed!

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:55 PM ET
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Usually when I print it out the 2nd time it's fine. I just use the gibberish ones as extra wrapping for the book.  I've noticed that if I hit print too soon or close it out before it's really started printing-that's when it happens. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:59 PM ET
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It happens to me sometimes too and I've never figured out why. Usually the second time it's fine. I just put the gibberish page into my scrap paper stack.

Glad to know it's not just me, actually!

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I did everything everyone said and all the wrappers printed out just fine.

Thank you all so much! =)

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 11:39 PM ET
Member Since: 7/20/2007
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I assumed it was just my printer, haha. I waited longer, and it still happened. Tried a third time and it finally went through. I do use the excess as extra wrapping most of the time, as someone else said.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/24/2008 12:53 AM ET
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I had upgraded my laptop to Adobe Reader 8 and wasn't having any problems, then I printed a wrapper on DH's computer which had Adobe 7 and got gibberish where every character was one away from the actual letter. E.g. "PaperBack" was QbqfsCbdl. Reprinting did not help. Upgrading to Adobe 8 solved the problem though.

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 5:26 AM ET
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Cathy, I'm sorry, but that's hilarious!  What a bizarre bug, and how funny that you decoded it!!

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 2:14 PM ET
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This happens to me sometimes as well.  It looks like Russian.  I just reprint and it's fine.


Date Posted: 9/24/2008 6:05 PM ET
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I've had that happen, too. It usually happens when I close the Adobe document too soon after hitting "Print" Now, I wait until the paper is completely out of the printer to close the page and generate the next one. The first time it happened, I was convinced I had gremlins.

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I thought there was something wrong with my computer and printer!

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Cathy is right, it's not just with PBS, its a known but with adobe 7, if you just go to help, update in adobe, and let adobe download its patch's it will fix this problem.

Hope this helps.


Date Posted: 9/25/2008 5:55 AM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2007
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Oh...so it's not just me who has a printer that prints in what appears to be Russian? My greatest fear is that I'll be in a hurry to get the book wrapped and mailed and I won't notice the "foreign language"! It's not like the PO could return it to me since my return address is written the same goofy way.

I'm going to try updating Adobe and see if that helps.

(Edited to add that I updated to Adobe 9 and still have the problem but the second attempt always prints out fine.)

Last Edited on: 9/25/08 4:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1