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Problems printing with HP Deskjet 1280

I'm running Vista, and can print text on my HP 1280 with no problems. However, printing lines and shapes from MS Word and .pdf documents is not possible - the page comes out blank

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2008

    trying to print microsoft project in A3 on my HP 1280 deskjet but no matter what I try to do it keeps printing it in A4, if i then try to adjust the settings of the printer to A3 it shuts down microsoft Project, you then have to try again from the begining, I can some time get it all looking great on the print preview in A3 soon as I start to print it goes back to A4 size on A3 paper. what can I do to fix this its becoming a pain??

  • wwebb Jun 27, 2008

    i can not print borders/lones using my hp photosmart 1000 series running on vista

  • jan1586 Apr 17, 2009

    I have a 1280 which will print everything but lines and shapes - I have looked at the printer settings etc. but this is seriously frustrating - anybody who can give me an answer to this I would be truly grateful. Tried HP but couldn't get to talk to anyone - hmmmmmmmmmmmmm



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When I printed powerpoint documents on a hp deskjet 1280 it failed to print lines. I found that this problem could be solved by changing the transparency attribute of the line to 50%. The transparency attribute of a line or shape can be found by clicking on the sequence format/shape-outline/more-outline-colours/transparency at the top of the screen
Graham Pratten

Posted on Apr 27, 2009


Yes I am having similar problems using a hp deskjet 1280 to print pdf files. In some figures, the colour shading doesn't print out, while in other cases the linework doesn't print out.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008

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Download this driver and use it instead of your driver
I finally can print every shapes
Thethinker2002 [Egypt]

Posted on Apr 21, 2012

Thow old damage one and buy HP Printer again hahaha

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

I have two of these printers, both of them with problems from the factury. The problem was tha printer's motherboard.
I have sent one of them back to the storage, and they told me what was the error. I started to have probélems with printing in any format (first I could not print in custom format, then I wasn't able to print in A3, and a few days later in A4 :-)). So I sent i back and now I hope that the probmel was definitivelly solved.
So both of you trie to ask for somebody who can verify the motherboard integrity. This is my best advise in this problem.

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

Have you tried using the printer driver that comes with vista, (1280 series) as opposed to the one off the internet (1280). That seemed to fix my problems. Control panel - Printers - right click add printer - from hp. Cheers

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

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Dont buy HP if they cannot give support when product fails as by the looks of it it does!

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