Bug 79125 - Printer 'data' light not cleared on termination
Printer 'data' light not cleared on termination
Status: CLOSED CANTFIX
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: foomatic (Show other bugs)
8.0
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Reported: 2002-12-05 19:37 EST by Richard Stonehouse
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Description Richard Stonehouse 2002-12-05 19:37:38 EST
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User-Agent: Opera/6.1 (Linux 2.4.18-29Oct2002 i686; U)  [en]

Description of problem:
Using the 'foomatic' ljet4 driver with an HP LaserJet 4L printer, the 'data' light on the printer remains on after completion of a print job.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select the driver 'HP LaserJet 4L, Foomatic + ljet4 (en)' in CUPS or LPRng.
2.Print a file to HP Laserjet 4L printer.
3.
	

Actual Results:  File prints OK, but after termination of the print job, the 'data' light on the printer remains on. This means that the printer will not switch into its power-saving mode. To clear the 'data' light and enable power-saving mode, it is necessary to press the 'reset' button on the printer and feed another sheet of paper.

Expected Results:  'Data' light should be extinguished at end of print job.

Additional info:

CUPS offers a list of 13 drivers for the HP LaserJet 4L, but 10 of the entries appear to be identical. Of the 4 distinct drivers offered:

1. HP LaserJet 4L, CUPS + GIMP-print v.4.2.1 (en)

   Does not suffer from the problem of leaving the 'data'
   light on, but has two worse problems:
   
   (a) print misaligned so that top of page is missing; and
   
   (b) poor print quality - looks 'grainy' (I suspect it may
       not be using all the font smoothing capabilities of
       the LaserJet 4L printer)
   
2. HP LaserJet 4L, Foomatic + gimp-print (en)

   Does not suffer from the problem of leaving the 'data'
   light on, but print quality is poor as in 1(b) above.

3. HP LaserJet 4L, Foomatic + gimp-print-ijs (en)

   Does have the problem of leaving the 'data' light on, and
   also produces poor print quality as in 1(b) above.

4. HP LaserJet 4L, Foomatic + ljet4 (en)
   
   This is the driver to which this report relates. Print quality
   is good, but the 'data' light is left on at end of job.

The www.linuxprinting.org web-site recommends the ljet4 driver for the HP LaserJet 4L. A ppd file generated using this site gives identical results to number 4 above.

Printing a postscript file directly using ghostscript does not leave the 'data' light on, but produces giant size print.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2006-08-07 14:50:57 EDT
Red Hat Linux is no longer supported by Red Hat, Inc. If you are still
running Red Hat Linux, you are strongly advised to upgrade to a
current Fedora Core release or Red Hat Enterprise Linux or comparable.
Some information on which option may be right for you is available at
http://www.redhat.com/rhel/migrate/redhatlinux/.

Red Hat apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We do
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Please check if this issue is still present in a current Fedora Core
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closed as 'CANTFIX' on September 30, 2006. Thanks again for your help.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2006-10-18 12:13:45 EDT
Red Hat Linux is no longer supported by Red Hat, Inc. If you are still
running Red Hat Linux, you are strongly advised to upgrade to a
current Fedora Core release or Red Hat Enterprise Linux or comparable.
Some information on which option may be right for you is available at
http://www.redhat.com/rhel/migrate/redhatlinux/.

Closing as CANTFIX.

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