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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 01:20 AM   #1
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PDF only printing formatting lines, not words...

My wife's trying to print one of the published manuscripts from her phd but the Printer keeps spitting out pages that contain no text. Ink level is fine, it prints other things just fine, so it's something to do with the PDF itself. Thought it was a corrupt header but normally that causes jibberish.

She seems to think the PDF is "secured" somehow. I don't know what to think. I've never seen this before.

And to make matters worse, I tried printing it on my Macbook Pro thinking "well, this looks like a job for Snow Leopard", and if you can ******* believe it MY PRINTER'S NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SNOW LEOPARD!!!!!!!!!!! Stupid Apple, Stupid Lexmark, and pdf that won't print.

Does anyone know what could be causing this? Is there some sort of obscure security setting that could be "blocking" the text from printing?
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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #2
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A couple things to try:

1) Print from different applications. example: If Acrobat doesn't work, try Preview. You'd be amazed how often just that solves the problem.

2) Try printing to a PDF (essentially resaving the document as a new PDF), then print that new document.

3) If you have Acrobat Pro, try doing a "save as" to create a new PDF document, and try printing that.
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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #3
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What application is being used to open and print the pdf??

If using Preview or Abobe Reader, then try opening the pdf using the one you weren't using.

And maybe visit Adobe's KB site:
"Can't print PDFs | Mac OS X 10.6"
Can't print PDFs | Mac OS X 10.6

PS: The 10.6.x and some printer compatibility is a real **** kicker for many!!
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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #4
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A couple things to try:

1) Print from different applications. example: If Acrobat doesn't work, try Preview. You'd be amazed how often just that solves the problem.

2) Try printing to a PDF (essentially resaving the document as a new PDF), then print that new document.

3) If you have Acrobat Pro, try doing a "save as" to create a new PDF document, and try printing that.
Thanks for replying, finally solved it. Will respond to make it easier for people having this problem to figure out what's up...
1) Tried, Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Pro 8 and 9, and preview.
2) Tried that. Didn't help.
3) Tried that too.

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And maybe visit Adobe's KB site:
"Can't print PDFs | Mac OS X 10.6"
Checked that. But the issue was on my wife's and my Leopard machines, my MBP is 10.6 but now can't print on that printer anymore.

Eventually figured out the only way to print this thing was to go into the advanced print settings in Acrobat Reader or Pro and select the option "print as Image" which is a real pain because it used up a bunch of my colour cartridge (because it prevented me from choosing "black and white" as a colour option). But at least it printed.

Appreciate your taking time to reply, pm-r and bsenka!
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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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It doesn't seem that the pdf was 'password' protected if no dialog box to enter the password was displayed, but some pdfs can have viewing enabled but printing disabled.

But maybe to get it to print properly you could try using the ColorSync trick:

- Open the ColorSync utility
- Open the goofy PDF in ColorSync.
- Choose File: Save as, and name it whatever you like. Or add "mod" to it's name and to end with .pdf
- Open the saved file in Adobe Reader or Preview and see if it prints.

PS: What Lexmark model printer are you using and how is it connected and what printer was used to eventually print it as an image.
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Old Oct 12th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #6
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Lexmark X1140 from a Leopard Machine.

Wish I could find something to make it still work as a printer in SL.
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Lexmark X1140 from a Leopard Machine.

Wish I could find something to make it still work as a printer in SL.
No way with 10.6.x SL !!! and I wonder what Mac and OS was last used to print???

Lexmark site says 10.3.9 (for the X1150 'compatible' cousin) was the latest but I did find one driver for the X1140/X1150 that said 10.4 was the latest and that was a 2007 update.

It seems you're out of luck with any recent Mac and OS at least.

Operating Systems Supported
Apple Mac OS 9.2.2 with carbonlib 1.6
Mac OS X (10.1.5)
Apple Mac OS X (10.2.x)
Microsoft Windows 2000 (all versions)
Microsoft Windows 98 (All versions)
Microsoft Windows Me
Microsoft Windows XP (All versions)

and another that states:
OS: Mac OS 10.1.5, 10.2.3-10.2.8, 10.3.x, 10.4.x
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