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I use Ubuntu 12.04 and a HP Laserjet 2300dn

I have add three different drivers to test out for that printer.
Did the same for an Epson inkjet.

I have [my text name for description] the following drivers. I do not remember which HP/Linux defaults to for this printer.

     HP Laserjet 2300 Foomatic Postscript
     HP Laserjet 2300 hpijs PL3
     HP Laserjet 2300 CUPS Gutenprint lsb3.2-v5.27

Each of these show different options in the printing dialogs.
Also each seems to have a different quality of printing of the sample test page with text and graphics.

I chose the CUPS Gutenprint, since it seems the best print quality and the "better" print options for this duplexing printer.

As for the Envelope, does your printer have an envelope tray? Or do you use the manual tray that centers the paper from letter to postcard widths? I have one HP printer that does not center the envelopes, and it uses an envelope feeder tray that is left justified to the printer face of the page. My Epson also uses a left justified, but the Canon uses the centered.

I do think that the "pstoraster" is the issue though. You need to find a better driver, either a newer one from HP or try the CUPS Gutenprint driver. I have no idea what that "pstoraster" filter/driver could be.

Slackware is RPM, correct? Also is 13.1 the newest? Did the envelope printing work in 12.x or 11.x?

Every time Ubuntu's update manager system downloads and installs a new "hplip", CUPS, or other printer file/driver upgrade, I seem to need to delete and reinstall my printers. They never seem to fully work properly after an automatic upgrade download/install. Sometimes I loose the "connection" to those network printers and it acts like they do not exist.

SO, long winded statement . . .
Please try downloading the newest hplip/driver installer script from the HP/Linux page.

Full List of HP printers

   NOTE:  Before I buy a new or re-manufactured printer, I first look
for Ubuntu/Debian drivers and how much the ink/toner will cost me. The non-OEM toner for this laser printer costs about $35 shipped
   when the HP's original one is over $120.  Had to look far and wide
   for the Canon inkjet printer.  Canon USA does not support or have
   Linux drivers, but Canon UK does.  The Epson inkjet has a driver in
   the list[s]. The Canon ink costs $180+ for 2 full
   sets, while a good non-OEM 2 full sets cost about $35 with shipping
   included.  The Canon uses - Black, Big Black, Gray, Yellow, Magenta,
   Cyan.  The Epson uses - Black, Yellow, Magenta, Light Magenta, Cyan,
   Light Cyan.  So you see it is impo0rtant to find out how much it
   will cost a person to get the ink/toner.

On 01/24/2013 10:21 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
I am using CUPS with my HP Laserjet 8150DN and I have no trouble printing #10 envelopes in LO. So, it is possible. "pstoraster" is a printer driver that converts Postscript to rastor, the printer page. That implies that you are not using the Laserjet's Postscript emulation (missing option?), which would not need the pstoraster conversion. CUPS has several driver options to select from, such as Foomatic, Gutenprint, or in my printer's case, a CUPS driver ("HP Laserjet 8150 Series Postscript (en)"). You may try adding the same printer as a different name using different drivers to experiment with. I see on my Slackware 12.2 Linux CUPS that there are only Gutenprint or Foomatic drivers for the LJ5. However, HP has produced more then one model 5 over the years, so I am not sure which one you have. Here is a place I go for Linux printer information:

When I select the HP Laserjet 5, the result says it "works perfectly". It also says you should be using the "hplip" (HP Linux Imaging and Printing) driver.
Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr

Rich Shepard wrote:
Running LO- on Slackware-13.1. The envelope template was built for
a COM10 size envelope in 2003 using whatever version of OO.o was then
current. Worked fine then; hasn't since OO.o was supplanted by LO. Time to
fix this problem.

The page size is set for a COM10 US business envelope. When I try printing it (paper size is commercial 10 and paper orientation is landscape mode), the HP LaserJet 5 sits with nothing to print. When I check the CUPS jobs tab
I see this error message: "/usr/lib/cups/filter/pstoraster failed".

If I print to a disk file I can print the resulting .pdf to a letter size
page, but not to an envelope.

  Any thoughts on this?


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