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Topic: Techie Q -- gibberish printing on wrapper, how to prevent????

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Subject: Techie Q -- gibberish printing on wrapper, how to prevent????
Date Posted: 8/23/2007 10:47 AM ET
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How can I prevent ?PostScript? and my printer from making gibberish of the wrapper?  I know this is not PBS's fault.  But it's a waste of ink and paper and money.  Just now it took three tries to get a correct wrapper.

It seems to happen when I reboot, or when I have had the printer turned off or disconnected.  Sometimes, though, it happens just at random so far as I can tell.  Can someone give ideas for preventing this?  Or the reason it is happening?

Maybe if I make sure the printer is turned on and connected for a few minutes before opening FireFox and logging in to PBS?????   Would this give the plug-and-play time to get its act together?

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 11:00 AM ET
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   I tend to get this on mine if I don't have the printer plugged into the computer when I go to print the wrapper.    The wrapper seems to print normal - but the address is all garbly goop. (You can imagine my surprise when I got to the post office to fill out the envelope.

   If I notice the printer is not plugged in and I printed a wrapper - I cancel the print job.  Then plug the printer in and then reprint.

Hope this helps.



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:57 PM ET
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I used to get that every once in a while, too, until someone on this forum recommended using the "backup wrapper" option every time I printed.  I have been doing that for almost a year now and have never had another screwy wrapper printed.


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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:07 PM ET
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sometimes that happens with me also.  sometimes I jsut reprint it again and it comes out ok.  hmmm, no rhyme or reason that I have figured out.

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 4:56 PM ET
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Usually if the file has not finished loading completely in acrobat you will get the gibberish. I wait about a minute after it loads and have never had a problem again!


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Date Posted: 8/24/2007 3:08 PM ET
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