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By lawrin ·
I have a Compaq DeskPro 650 PC running Windows 98SE. I have a Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4M Plus printer connected directly to my PC through the parallel port. When I added the printer, I installed the driver from the Win98 online database.

Periodically, when I print a document, I will be a header type sheet print out before my actual job prints out. The header sheet always has the following three lines on it:

%-12345Z@PJL SET PAGEPROTECT=AUTO
@PJL SET RESOLUTION=600
@PJL ENTER LANGUAGE=PCL

I dont' know how to keep this from happening. I have tried uninstalling the printer and reinstalling it. I have changed menu items on the printer. Nothing seems to work. I went to HP's website to see if there was an updated driver for Win98SE, and all I could find for the HP LaserJet 4M Plus printer were some kind of autocad drivers.

If anyone has experienced this same problem, and knows a fix, I would appreciate any help.

Thanks,

Ms. Lawrin Walker

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by Brian Lusk In reply to Printing Problem

I've experienced similar problems before. Here are the primary possibilities from my experience:

1. Non-bidirectional cable. Make certain your cable is IEEE1284-compliant.

2. You are trying to use the wrong driver. Since it is the 4M, try using a postscript-based driver instead. Otherwise try the LaserJet III driver and see if the same thing occurs.

3. Even with a bidirectional cable installed, sometimes it doesn't work right. Change the following parameters in your printer setup:
Details - Spool Settings - Spool data format to RAW
Details - Spool Settings - Disable bidirectional support

If none of these help out, your printer may have a RAM problem, or other physical problem that wouldn't necessarily manifest itself normally.

Brian Lusk

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by ACTech In reply to Printing Problem

This looks like a header to switch the printer to PCL mode. The 4M+ is designed to be used with MAC as well as Pc so has postscript emulation fitted. Changing the driver to the postscript (PS) version may cure the problem but you'd probably be better using the PCL version.
Another thing to try might be using the standard Laserjet 4+ PCL driver as this may take the postscript out of the equation.
The other thing which may cause this is spurious switch on caracters - if it happens when the first printout is sent from a newly booted PC or when the printer is first switched on there may be the odd random character sitting in the buffer before the job arrives which temporarily confuses the printer. Try checking if there is data present before sending each job, then monitor which jobs show the header above.

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