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- Date: Sun, 16 Oct 1994 23:49:00 +0900
- From: CRAIG@example.com
- Subject: [LINUX:210]
Got my HP LaserJet 4ML today. I ordered it mainly for use with Linux, but tested it with the Mac anyway and it seemed to work. I have it partially working with Linux. I can print PostScript with no problems by doing: cat filename > /dev/lp1 (I don't know why it isn't lp0..) I can print from within GhostView by selecting "myprinter" as the printer name. I printed some graphics mixed with text and it came out beautifully. Printing with : cat filename.ps | lpr -Pmyprinter kind of works. I get the output, but there is this strange first page that comes out everytime. The first page is garbage, then all of my print job comes out nicely. I can print ascii only if I convert it to PostScript with "mpage." This is my first day looking at the printer, so I have not tried out too many things. Already,I have it configured so it serves its purpose: printing documents and code from my Linux machine. I just need to get rid of that funny first page. Any hints? The good news is that the output is excellent. I earlier commented that the fonts produced from a dvi to ps conversions were not as clear as real "adobe" fonts. This was true printing the converted ps file from a Mac to a LaserWriter Pro printer. However, printing the exact same file from my Linux machine to the HP LJ4 gives output comparable to "adobe" fonts. In another test, I used the free wordprocessor, "ez" and used several different fonts, italics, bold and a fairly complicated gif in a single page document. Again, the printed output was of excellent quality. I am going to use TeX for a while and write letters to some friends back home who don't have e-mail access. I could use "ez," but for some reason, I feel drawn to the emacs-TeX combination.
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