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Printer is printing many weird characters

The characters are very odd. it prints number 2, hear and spade shapes and smiley faces and characters like Cae with carrots above the 'a' or accent mark above the e. then it also prints # and >. These characters are spread across the whole page with some blank lines in between.

ex: I put this text in a word doc: This is a test for the lexmark
when it printed, it printed: BRJN"SGVRCGGRROVGCV?OFF two times on different lines, then BRJN"SGV"RGV?OFF on a diff. line then BRJN"SGV"RGSON on the last line.

Thanks in advance for your assistance

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    My Printer is printing Different charecters which cannot be read, even when I print a test page. I use sn HP LaserJet 1022

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I had this problem. It was caused by a badly-fitting parallel printer cable. I unplugged the cable at both ends, blew out the dust and re-plugged it. It then worked fine.

If that does not work for you, try cleaning the contacts with electrical contact cleaner. Clean both cable ends, clean the printer socket and clean the PC socket.

Alternatively buy a replacement cable.

Parallel/centronics cables and connectors are far more delicate than USB cables.

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Try deleting your driver and then reinstalling it. It sounds like the information that is coming from the computer is getting mistranslated to the printer. Usually uninstalling and reinstalling the driver with the newest version fixes these problems. Here is a link to Lexmarks driver finder. Just put the information that applys to you in the drop downs that appear and follow the instructions.
http://downloads.lexmark.com/perl/downloads/downloads.cgi

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