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Printing symbols instead of pictures

Sometimes (not all the time) my HP1200 printer will print out a bunch of pages, all with one line of symbols at the top of the page, instead of whatever else I'm trying to get it to print. I'm sending files from a MacBook Pro running OSX. Usually it works but today it didn't work. Not sure why ...

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  • Laura See May 13, 2009

    The docs on HP don't explain how to uninstall the old driver. Also ... I think I did whatever I needed to do to install the new driver but it still doesn't work.

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Uninstall and reinstall the drivers

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Printer problems can be a real hassle.
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