There’s an (apparently known) problem with printing to some HP deskjets on ubuntu. I’ve got an f2100. It has one black cartridge and one cyan/yellow/magenta color cartridge. When printing regular pages, it should of course use both. Black for the text, color if there’s a picture or some colored text.
By default, somehow, mostly/only the color cartridge is used! So you get not-quite-black text that’s composed of all three colors. So you burn through your color cartridge in no time…
After trying several things for a couple of hours I finally hit upon a
/etc/cups/ppd/yourprinter.ppd, almost at the end of the
file, you’ll see a couple of lines starting with
*Quality. At the end
of those lines, change every
So a single line like the following (broken up over two lines for readability):
*Quality 300ColorCMY/300 dpi, Color, Color Cartr.: "%% FoomaticRIPOptionSetting: Quality=300ColorCMY"
*Quality 300ColorCMY/300 dpi, Color, Color Cartr.: "%% FoomaticRIPOptionSetting: Quality=300ColorCMYK"
The only diffence is that
K at the end. Restart cups:
$> /etc/init.d/cups restart
and your printer OUGHT to actually use the black cartridge.
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