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occasional large blocks of black ink

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Using VW Architect 10.1.2 and Gimp-Print 4.2.5:

At apparently random intervals, our plots (from an HP 455CA and an HP 430) come out like this:

The drawing we plotted is there, but all compressed along the top couple inches of the sheet (along the long edge). The rest of the sheet is full of 100% black with a few thin white breaks in it (running lengthwise). This makes a mess and uses tons of ink. We can basically determine no pattern to when this occurs.

I'm not sure whether to blame VW, Gimp-Print, or our network hardware.

Has ANYBODY else seen this behavior?

Thanks,

Chris

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I have a 455CA but am using VW9.5.3, OS10.2.3 and Gimp Print 4.2.4. I have not had any problems. You might try using 4.2.4 instead of 4.2.5 and see if there is an improvement.

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we've had the same problem- usually restarting the plotter works... i think it's a problem with gimp print.

-mgt

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Have you noticed any pattern to when it happens?

It's kind of a horrible error since it wastes so much ink.

The Gimp-Print bug list doesn't seem to have anything on this; maybe I will post on there.

CD

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have the same problem with the same plotter (hp 455ca).

my OS is Win XP and anytime i try to print any entity that is not solid (a pattern or a hatch), everything turns into black. i've tried to print the same file on a win 98 and everythign was OK. i though it was an issue about Win XP and VW 9. i tried the VW Viewer 10 and the same problems occur. i guess my plotter is kinda old... i haven't check any driver updates, might be it.

sometimes text boxes print jambled too, when it happens i stop the process and unckeck 'scale text' in the 'layers' tab. always works.

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Checkmark "Print Patterns at on screen resolution" in the print dialog box.

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