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01-05-2009 03:47 PM
10-07-2009 09:14 PM
I am having the same problem. I can print my business cards to a piece of plain paper, and they get printed correctly. But when I print them on Avery business card paper, they print without the top margin. Same document, same printer. I am printing from OpenOffice 3.1 on Snow Leopard to an HP Photosmart C4280. I created my own template as a table of 5x2 buiness cards. I am printing in landscape mode since I am trying to make vertical business cards. The print preview looks fine. The printing on plain paper looks fine. Printing on Avery business cards skips the leading margin.
To be sure, I saved my document as a PDF file. I tried printing that from the Preview application which ships with Snow Leopard. Once again, the document printed without the top margin on Avery business card paper.
Therefore, this is a problem either with HP's printer or printer drivers. At first I was using the printer driver which shipped with Snow Leopard. Then I downloaded the HP printer software and printed using that. Doesn't matter. Same problem.
HP, please fix your printer problems. I already wasted 4 sheets of Avery business cards + two sheets of regular paper + a lot of HP ink. Is HP going to reimburse me for that? This is not good at all.
10-08-2009 09:58 PM
I discovered a few more things about the HP bug while printing Avery business cards.
I tried printing a similar document which would print fine with plain paper on my HP C4280 but not on Avery business card paper, but this time on Linux. Using the hp software for Linux, the same thing happened as on OSX. Namely, the business cards printed fine on plain paper but without the leading margin on Avery business card paper. That would indicate that this bug is either in the printer itself or in common code shared between the driver for OSX and the driver for Linux, if there is any. Since it prints without the leading margin on Avery business card paper even when using the same exact printing settings that worked fine on plain paper, I suspect this problem is in the printer itself: firmware or paper handling hardware, etc.
Next, to be sure that this problem only happens on my HP printer, I took my Macbook to a friend's house and plugged in his Canon MP460 printer. I printed the same business card document on Avery business card paper using Mac OSX Snow Leopard. This time, using the Canon printer, the business cards printed perfectly the first time! The leading margin was included so that the business cards were properly aligned on the page inbetween the perforations.
I have used HP printers for several years. My last non-HP printer was an IBM Proprinter dot matrix printer in the 1980's. Unless HP fixes this mess, my next printer will not be an HP.
HP, please fix this problem.
04-20-2010 07:58 PM
I have lost faith in HP when they ship flawed hardware and don't even try to fix it. I have owned HP printers since my IBM ProPrinter in the late 1980's. I now am very suspicious of HP products.
04-20-2010 10:15 PM - edited 04-20-2010 10:48 PM
HP printers versus Avery business cards means FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!!!!!!!!!!
I bought a new Epson it was so frustrating.