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Re: tlug: HP Laserjet 4LJ

tlug note from Totoro <>
>tlug note from Jim Tittsler <>
>On Mon, Apr 07, 1997 at 05:26:22PM +0900, Totoro wrote:
>> Anyone know how to get a beast like this to print under RHL 4.1?
>I was actually surprised how easy it was to set up my LaserJet 4
>using the RedHat Control Panel.  It seemed to prompt for everything
>and the write the /etc/printcap file correctly.  Admittedly, I've
>only printed English.

This is true, but it doesn't seem to work for the Japanese version
of the machine. I'm just trying to get it to work normally; I'm not
even up to the Nihongo end  of things yet!

>> I've not been able to get anything other than ascii out of it,
>> not counting lots of pages of un-interpreted postscript files!
>> I've been trying apsfilter-491. Is there something locally in
>> Japan that will run this printer? TIA!
>I'm not familiar with apsfilter... but isn't that for the other
>direction?  Taking plain ASCII and turning it into PostScript?

It's supposed to take the various filters that are in the system
(dvi, gs, etc.) and make them work for the given printer. Seems
to me that HP-Japan altered something in the printer to make it
not work as a US-model would. I went with HP under the illusion
that it should be easy to support under Linux. Sigh... All I get
is junk across the top few lines of a page, which continues if I
don't turn off the printer.

>You probably want GhostScript (and you'll want to review the
>archives for the long string of messages that Steve and Craig
>exchanged about how to do Japanese successfully) as the filter.
>It is capable of taking PostScript and spitting out HP PCL which
>your printer can understand.
>Probably. :-)

Still no luck here. More reading time involved to find some
kind of hack I guess. :-(

David Riley
Hachinohe Institute of Technology
88-1, Myo, Ohbiraki  Hachinohe-shi  Aomori-ken  031

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