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On 04/10/2014 08:09 AM, CVAlkan wrote:
Good points all, but I suspect not my problem.

I almost mentioned during my post that folks should ignore the fact that my
HP-LIP (3.14.4) had been released just the day before my post. It is, in
fact, the "latest and greatest" as they say. But the problem I'm
experiencing has existed for quite a while - I was just too busy to take the
time to write about it.

Regarding 'The Duplexing of a sheet that has only one page seems "normal" to
me', I have to disagree, if only because of the paper weight limitations and
the potential for jamming. I have found, like you, that such behavior is
"common" but it represents, I believe, poor (or thoughtless) coding. The
last two duplex printers I've had (HP: 5400, 6700) correctly (again, in my
view) permit the default behavior to be chosen by the user, but out of the
box, they will print single pages without feeding the sheet through the

Interestingly, my 6700 permits you to specify whether pages are output face
up or face down. I suspect this causes the duplex mechanism to be used for
flipping them (I haven't actually tried this). I'm not sure why this
capability exists, but I always vote for more flexibility so long as
reasonable defaults are set for those who don't care to "fiddle" with

I have worked with a 6700 before, but do not own one. My only Officejet is a 7000 wide format one [up to 13 by 19 inch] - same ink, but no duplexing for this model. [I buy the ink from a source on Amazon, where I can get 3+ sets of XL ink for the price one set of HP {or Canon} OEM "standard" ink, and more for the price of the OEM XL ink. Always check ink costs before I buy a new printer.]

I also have HP 2300dn duplexing laser with duplexing, Canon MG6220 inkjet print/scan/copy w/duplexing, Canon MX922 inkjet print/scan/copy/fax w/duplex and auto-feed duplex document scanning. [note: Linux drivers for Canon printer need to be found on their UK site. The USA site does not support Linux as an OS.]

All three of these duplexing printers have duplexing turned off as a default. I turn it on depending on the document's printing needs.

Also I use CUPS-PDF for my default printer, so I can print pages from a browser and skip those pages I do not want/need to print.

Face down for the laser or when I duplex for the inkjets. For the inkjets non-duplexing, I tend to print in reverse so the last page is on the bottom of the paper stack, and the first page is on top.

Of course, comparing all this with the need to recompile my copy of
Telewriter-64 on my Radio Shack Color Computer back in the late 70s so that
I could switch from using my Tandy printer to my new Okidata - - - well, I
suppose things are better now, but it's hard to say several decades's worth
of better :)

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