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Continuous garbage text when connected to pc

My laserjet 1100 was just put on a different computer. When plugged in and connected to the pc it began printing page after page of gargled text, nothing but one line of strange characters on each page. It won't stop. If I disconnect it from the PC it stops. Can't print a test page, can't reset the printer, nothing. It refuses to do anything except print these garbage pages non-stop. I have tried holding down the button long enough to reset everything, tried re-installing drivers, etc. I hope it is a simple connection issue like it not doing well with xp or something to this effect.

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  • Eric Hill Jan 22, 2008

    Hello, my wife and I are having the exact same problem. We just recently connected this HP Laserjet 1100 to my Compaq computer. It printed fine a couple of times such as when we prepared our taxes. Now all it does is spit out garbage text page after page continuously. I rebooted the computer, unplugged the printer, re-installed the driver. Same problem still! We would appreciate any assistance with this at anyone convenience. Thanks! I just found this website this morning! I like what I see here. Seems very helpful indeed! Take care!

  • memma Feb 20, 2008

    I am having the same problem. The only way I can get my computer to quit printing page after page of nonsense is to delete all print jobs. My printer was working fine one day and the next time I wanted to print something this happened and I just don't know how to fix it. I have tried reinstalling my printer, which did not work. And for some reason my printer properties box is all in German????? Anyone who can help will be greatly appreciated!



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Hello, It sounds as if the printer is receiving PostScript and that's a language it can't understand. On your PC (assuming Windows operating system), get properties on the printer and look for a driver name. Most drivers that are PostScript have "PS" in the name. If your driver name has PS as part of the name, or if the driver does not correctly describe the printer, change the driver to match the printer. If you have any troubles doing this, include the version of Windows (or other OS) and we'll be able to provide step-by-step instructions.

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