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My printer prints a test page correctly but prints gibberish when i print from my documents what is the probable error

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  • bondthecobra May 28, 2010

    thank you for that bit Wayne, this was stop number four this information is very useful



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It sounds like you may not have the correct driver installed for your printer.

If you could provide some more information:

Printer make and model.

Your computer's operating system.

Awaiting a reply.


Whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit system.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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  • bondthecobra May 28, 2010

    Hello wayne ok here is the printer it is a HP deskjet F340 my computer is a Toshiba Satellite L305D my OS is WIndows Vista Home Premium

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 29, 2010

    OK, I am not sure if you got this corrected or not. You have accepted the solution, but in the comment at the bottom it looks like you are providing the information. So I will respond as if it is still a problem.

    The first thing I would do is uninstall all of your HP software for this printer and then make sure the printer is deleted in your Printers.

    Restart your computer.

    Click HERE to access the HP site for your OS. There is a link to download the full feature software.

    It has always been my recommendation to use the SAVE option when the download window opens instead of RUN.

    When you choose SAVE a window will appear and click on DESKTOP on the left side. This will download your driver software to the desktop.

    When the download is complete, make sure your printer has ink and paper. DO NOT CONNECT THE USB CABLE at this point.

    Run (doubleclick) the downloaded program on the desktop. When prompted by the software connect the USB cable. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

    I hope this has been helpful and once again, thanks for using Fixya.


  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 29, 2010

    One additional item...there are some critical updates that deal with communication with this printer. They are listed at the link above. After installing the driver, install the updates too.

    Hey, you might just try the updates to start. It won't hurt and that may save you some time.




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