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    My printer is possessed!

    This is more of an ongoing annoyance than anything. On my old HP DeskJet 600C inkjet printer, everything I restart my computer, it prints out an odd, weird character. It looks sort of like an "e", like size 12 font at the top corner. Anyone know anything about this?

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    my parent's printer does the same thing..
    its an e with and accent mark right? something like this ""??
    haven't been able to figure it out yet... what kind of computer are you using it with?? they are using a Compaq Presario...maybe together with the help of the forum we can work this thing out.
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    This is usually an indicator that the printer is receiving a code ment for another printer. Check your drivers. Are you using the right one. Maybe there is a new one at the printer manufacture's web site that will solve the problem.

    Hope this helps.

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    i will try getting new driver, i havent done it yet because well, its my parents computer not mine, and i just figured i would get to it when i had time...

    mjames, do you have a zip drive between your printer and computer because i dont think our problems started until we hooked up that zip drive, i could be wrong though, i know i've been wrong once before.
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    In the case of the zip drive you might want to turn off the bidirectional communication in the printer setup, this will disable the out of paper etc. but it might stop the problem also.

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    Is it just me or does that seem to be a common problem with HP printers?

    My neighbor once bought an HP printer at Circuit City and it did that over and over and over while the computer was on. She is really afraid that anything she does will mess something on her computer up so she just kept putting paper in while it was printing full sheets of these garbly characters and things. She used up all the paper she had and it kept going and going and so she ended up taking it to Circuit City. They said the problem was that she was out of ink. When she told me that, I said "I wonder why". I mean it had printed sheets and sheets of that stuff. It hasn't done it again and so I don't know what the problem was.

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    well if i get time i might sit down with it and try a few of the suggestions that were made in here. I doubt i will get much time this weekend though, maybe next weekend or sometime next week. I figure if i actually sit down with it i might be able to find out what is wrong. If i fix it i will let you know what the problem is.
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    Originally posted by bman
    mjames, do you have a zip drive between your printer and computer because i dont think our problems started until we hooked up that zip drive, i could be wrong though, i know i've been wrong once before.
    It might be my HP 8200 CD-RW external drive I bought back last summer. Do not own a ZIP drive. If there's no simple solution to this, I'm not really bothered since I'm getting a brand new LexMark Optra laser printer anyway.

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    I have the same problem with guess what, an HP! I actually contacted HP about this and they blamed "bidirectional communication" like sbelaire mentionned. I tried their fix but it didn't work (go figure) so now I just always turn off the printer when it's not in use.

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    I have an old Epson that did this too. Except it didn't print just one up in the corner, it printed a whole row of those goofy E's. On a Lexmark now, never had any troubles.
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    My parents have a deskjet 710 i think it is and i dont think it has that problem...they would have come running to me if it was!

    Sounds like HP should stand for hopeless printers
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    Originally posted by mad-onion
    Sounds like HP should stand for hopeless printers
    Haha! That's a good one!

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    "PCLOADLETTER! What the **** does that mean!?"

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    Anarchos, what's PCLOADLETTER? I did a serch on Yahoo! and all I got was references to a user name on several different messages boards. Did you post this message here by accident?

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    PCLOADLETTER

    this is an indicator that you have selected a paper size that is not loaded in the tray and the printer is expecing you to either add piece of paper into the manual feed or change the tray to another size.


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    That was an allusion to Office Space, a hilarious movie that you need to go rent/buy NOW.

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    No, it's definitely a conflict between the Zip drive and the bidirectional thing. disable bidirectional and you should have no further problems.

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    My Hopeless Printer does the same thing! Only it prints out smileyfaces and other weird characters like hearts and squares. Maybe its just telling me to have a nice day?!

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    OK i tried disabling bidirectional communication. It didn't work, but while i was on the HP site looking up how to do that i found i am using a very old driver, going to try and update it this weekend and see if that will help any..
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    Wow, how interesting everyone here who has a HP has the same problem. I'm glad I decided to go with a different brand name (Lexmark) for my printer. And Sparkie, I guess the temporary explanation is HP is telling us to have a good day.


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