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Printer is printing wierd things and not what I have written

I have hooked up my printer correctly, it will print a test page just fine, but when I go to either notepad, wordpad or plain letter, I will type in a few words and hit print, and a bunch of nonsense prints out for example here is a bit off one page: %%beginsetup statusdict begin (%% productname:) print product name print ( }%%) = flush end. and it just goes on and on, and it also will just keep printing it won't stop, even when I try to cancel the documents. Can someone help me!!! Thank You, Vicki

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    when i try to print from notepad it will print nothing

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2008

    I tried to print from "Hello" word from Notepad; it printed one specail character

  • Anonymous Jun 17, 2008

    hi expert

    i have e-3202datamax printer when i stert to print on it, it is printing special characters



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This problem appears when you install your printer with a wrong driver...just try to find the correct one..good luck.

Jose. from Lima Peru
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Posted on Jun 10, 2008



After allighnment still would not priont

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The last part of Sandrews post is correct. Event though you have printer correctly instlled, it is not your "DEFAULT" printer. You have an old printer that is set to your default. To check this out, go to word pad or another word processing program, create a short document, click of "FILE" then "PRINT", when the print dialogue box comes up, check to see what printer is selected. If it is not, then an older or other printer is selected as default. (DO NOT USE NOTEPAD) Go to START/CONTROL PANEL/ PRINTERS AND FAXES/ Find your current printer. RIGHT CLICK. come down to SET AS DEFAULT. Go to the application you where using. Again go to File/Print - see if your printer is now listed as the one you want to print to. You should be good. If this does not help, please post again before you rate this solution. Ed

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First of all check if that is the Defeault printer. If it is, then try unistalling the software and hardware to start all again. And well just a lil' question, are you saving your changes on the document? Sometimes by doing this you can get what you really want. One last option is checking your PC with your antivirus and with some program anti spam. Some programs to change what you write are sent through MSN.

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I'm assuming you're using an Alps MD-5000, since that is the forum in which I found this question. If so, I have too experienced this problem on my MD-5000 w/ Windows XP Professional, and after re-installing the drivers and finding the same problem, I figured out a work-around for it. First, if you're using a USB adapter with your Alps MD-5000 and Windows XP, there are no supported drivers for that interface, and you may experience all sorts of errors. Better off going back to the old Parallel cable, if you still have one of those on your computer! If that doesn't solve it, or you're already using a parallel printer cable, go to your control panel, click on 'printers and faxes', right-click on your Alps printer and click on 'Properties'. This will open up a window with tabs on top. Click on the 'Advanced' tab, and then click on 'Print Processor' button at the bottom of that window. In this next screen, make sure that in the right colomn 'RAW' is selected. If it already is, then there is one other possible workaround. On the previous screen ('Advanced' tab), there is an option bubbled-in that says 'Spool Print Documents so Printing Finishes Faster'. Instead, click on the bubble next to 'Print Directly to Printer'. This did slow down my printing slightly, but it resolved all strange artifacts and text that would pop-up on the resulting image from certain programs. Hopefully that helps! Good luck!

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Best solution would be to dissconnect and uninstall your printer(Start>Control panel> Printers and other hardare, right click on printer icon and delete. Go to add/remove programmes and uninstal printer driver. Insert your driver installation cd and re connect your printer when prompted (always load drivers first) Hope this helps as it sounds like a corrupt driver, and make sure your printer is set as the default printer.

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hi jcruisedirec

Test print shows that there is no problem with he printer.
Do this:

Type just one or two words in a new document and try to print. Before printing, look at the print setup and make sure you have the correct printer name selected.
Also when you go to print, there are few options like:

  • Print All
  • Current page
  • Pages
  • Selection
If you attempt to print "selection" without actually selecting a certain portion of the document, you get blank page.
So first check that the correct name of the printer is selected.
Then test printing one page
Hope this will help you. Good luck.
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I can print from Word on my HP 5150, but it prints multiples

sounds like a problem with the printer software, try uninstalling & then re-install the printer driver

Test page prints,computer to printer connection is fine but printer does not print

if connection if fine and printer prints test page means
you need to install correct printer driver.
so get your printer model and download exact required driver for it from manufacturer website.
one you do that, your problem will be gone.


Pages not showing any print

In this case, the first thing that I would do is re-install the printer.

Delete the printer from your computer then, if you have the installation disk, run the setup program to reinstall the printer and all of its drivers.
If you don't have or don't want to use the installation disk, you can download drivers directly from the manufacturer's Web site here

I could have provided a link directly to the download page if you would have provided the name of your operating system (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, etc). However, it's fairly simple finding your drivers. After you get to the Lexmark Web site you will need to type your printer model (1100 Colorjet) in the text box.
On the next page, you will need to select your operating system.
The following page will provide a link to download the driver files used to install the printer.
Make sure you download the correct drivers for your printer model. Using the incorrect drivers can cause print issues such as this one or cause wierd characters to print instead of letters. This kind of thing can also happen if one of the entries placed in the Windows registry by the printer software has become corrupt.

Download the file and run it to re-install the printer.
Print a test page from the printer itself to rule out any issues with the hardware. (You might also want to download the users guide if you don't know how to print a test page from the printer). If the page comes out blank, you will have to stop here and find out why you can't print directly from the printer (this would be an issue caused by the printer). If not, you can move on to the next step.

Next, print a test page from the operating system to rule out any problems related to hardware.
Start > Printers and Faxes > Right-click printer > Click Properties on the General Tab > Click Print Test Page.
If both test pages print successfully then you should be able to print anything without a problem and can try to print and email or word document to see how it comes out.
If the test page printed from the printer came out okay but this one came out blank, this indicates a software related issue and you would have to troubleshoot further.

I know this sounds like a lot to do, however, all you need to do is download the correct drivers (unless you choose to use the CD that came with it), uninstall then re-install the printer, and print a test page from the printer, one from the computer, then print any random document.

Hope this helps and thanks for using Fixya.

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Printer will not print. I recently relocATED my computer, and now it doesn't print. I reinstalled the cd.. and I see my printer in the control panel, and it prints a test page.... but it wont print...

Could be a couple things, but if the test page prints it always means software/driver issue. If you're sure the driver is correct, here are some things I would check.
  1. Is acrobat reader installed? Quickbooks prints some things to and from PDF to the printer.
  2. Are you using a PCL driver on a PS printer or vice versa. Many applications, websites, etc require postscript.
  3. What default printer have you set, Windows will print to the default printer from applications but a specific printer when making a test page and you could be printing to MS imaging accidently.

Recognizes printer, won't print

What i'm getting at is if the printer was not used for a long time the cartridges may have dried out.


HP LaserJet 3550 spits out blank paper when job sent from computer but prints fine when printing directly from printer

Try connecting the printer via the USB port on either one of the computers. Then test if the machine prints fine then likely possibility is that the Network interface card is faulty remove the network card and install in a different slot and test. If the same thing happens then reinstall the drivers and test.

Hope this helps
Thanks J
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