RICOH Aficio network printer problems (fixed)

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    Posted: 06 July 2005 04:27 PM

    Hi everyone,

    Being the only Mac-head in the building I’m on my own when it comes to making my Mac talk sensibly to the newly installed RICOH Aficio 2022 multifunction printer. And I’m having a bit of trouble.

    I have a 12"PB (10.3.9) and connect to a Windows network successfully and have successfully printed to other devices regularly. This RICOH has me stumped. After eventually getting a driver that ran I have been able to print but it’s PostScript gobbledegook. I’m sure there’s a simple solution to turning the gobbldegook into decent print output but I can’t for the life of me find it.

    Can anyone please help?

    Thanks!

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    Posted: 06 July 2005 05:00 PM #1

    Try connecting to it as an IP printer, and use LPD and the queue as LP (or none specified at all).

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    Posted: 06 July 2005 07:41 PM #2

    [quote author=“Intruder”]Try connecting to it as an IP printer, and use LPD and the queue as LP (or none specified at all).

    Yes, my set-up was exactly as you suggest but all I get as output is the PostScript rubbish interspered with many blank pages. My queue was left blank, I added LP but it made no difference.

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    Posted: 06 July 2005 07:51 PM #3

    I assume you are using the PPD file downloaded from Ricoh?

    Is the postscript option actually installed on the printer?

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    Posted: 06 July 2005 08:31 PM #4

    [quote author=“Intruder”]I assume you are using the PPD file downloaded from Ricoh?

    Is the postscript option actually installed on the printer?

    Yes to both those questions. In fact the PPD file was emailed to me directly because the downloaded file would not install correctly.

    The printer is happy to print for all the Windows PCs so I’m presuming that it has PostScript installed.

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    Posted: 07 July 2005 08:06 AM #5

    Not necessarily. It could be using PCL. According to the Ricoh website, there is a PCL-5e and PCL-6 driver for it for windows. I recommend you get the configuration sheet from the printer.

    Select printer features.
    Under the List/Test Print Tab press Config. Page button.
    The Configuration Page should now begin printing.

    Look to see if Postscript is turned on. If not, it is using PCL.

    In that case, you might need to use GIMP print to print to that machine.

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    Posted: 07 July 2005 04:48 PM #6

    Hey Intruder, you were right on the money as usual.

    The printer is PCL only from what I can tell, no reference to PostScript at all in the config sheet.

    I duly installed GIMP-print and used the Laserjet6 series printer (the suitable equivalent listed on the GIMP-print website) and everything works!

    You’re a star!

    Thanks

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    Posted: 07 July 2005 05:02 PM #7

    Glad it all worked out for you.

    Remember to recycle all of that paper with postscript commands in it!  wink

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