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writer spits out only black pages when printing .doc or .odt

 
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todortakov
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:45 am    Post subject: writer spits out only black pages when printing .doc or .odt Reply with quote

I have this problem:
Linux Slackware 13.1
Open Office 3.2.1 (but the same was valid for 3.2.0)
Printer is ML2250 Samsung over a network (the same happens with usb connection)
Cups 1.4.3

I can print from Calc OK.
I can print a test page from spadmin OK.
I can print from Writer ok, if it is newly created plain text, or newly created odt or doc file.

When I try to print an existing odt or doc file created with a previous version of Ooo (2.4.0, 3.1.0 or other but not 3.2.0 or 3.2.1) then the same printer spits out a totally black page - only black colour, no letters or anything. The black print area of the page is divided by 7 equally spaced thin white stripes along the page height.

What is the reason for this?

If I copy/paste the contents of the document to a new document, then it prints OK. When I save this new document either as odt or doc - it still prints OK.
So this is only about old documents opened in Writer 3.2.0 and 3.2.1 ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:43 pm    Post subject: Save As Reply with quote

Open one of your existing documents; make a change - add a space & delete it or anything. When you save it it should ask if you wish to use the original format or update to your current version.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a bug in Ghostscript 8.71 that causes fully black pages when printing
(at least from BrOffice Writer and Acrobat Reader; I haven't tested other programs).

A downgrade to Ghostscript 8.70 from Slackware 13.0 fixed this problem:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/bug-in-ghostscript-8-71-a-810308/
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