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.
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.
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Not sure if this will help but if you right click on the printer and go to properties ( when your in printers and faxes ) and go to the ports tab I think it is and un tick the check box that says bi directional support and try it again.
Also what error are you getting thats printed off ?
what lights are on the printer and where are you getting the driver from, if the disc then try the latest driver from the hp website
You can contact the company for support and also download a manual here if you do not have one. There are alot of support options for your printer here. I can find no reference to the garbage printing and the numbers it is printing.
The only thing that I can suggest is to turn it off, unplug it, disconnect it and let it sit for 1/2 hour to see if it will reset itself. Then I would plug it back in, connect to the computer and restart the computer. Then I would turn the printer back on. Some printers respond well to this simple reset.
Good luck to you and thank you for using FixYA. Ratings are always appreciated.
In reading this HP forum I have found many other LaserJet 1100 owners who are trying to do the same thing as you.
Many of them recommend various cable solutions from Sewell. When you contact Sewell, make sure to specify your printer model, and ask what specific cables and/or adapters you need to make it work vis USB. They sound quite knowledgeable, and seem to have dealth with this before.