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    Strange problem HP Printer

    I have friends printer that prints a single smilie face on a clean sheet of paper before printing any documents. I think it may be a driver problem, but wondered if it is one of those 'ah - I know what that is!' type questions for anyone out there?

    Its a 980 cxi Deskjet i think.
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    Re: Strange problem HP Printer

    I have a 970, but I wonder if it's the ol' separator page problem, shown in this attachment?
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    Re: Strange problem HP Printer

    Some printers allow a "Separator Page" between print jobs, Check in the different printer settings for this.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Strange problem HP Printer

    Thanks guys. Will check that and get back to you. [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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    Re: Strange problem HP Printer

    Although the previous answers are probably correct, if your friend is using a parallel printer cable it's always worth checking the connections at both ends, that they are in tight, not obviously corroded (if there are flat bits of metal), and no pins are bent. "Unusual characters" are often a sign of data corruption, but of course this is unlikely to apply just to the first, or the first very few, characters sent to the printer, and is not likely to produce the consistent results you describe.

    Of course, if you're using a USB connection the whole of the previous paragraph is probably irrelevant!

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