colour alignment on CP1215

Asked by Alan Bell on 2009-05-31

I just got a colour Laserjet 1215, I first set it up by plugging it in to an Ubuntu 9.04 PC and it downloaded the PPD and all just worked, however the yellow is about 1mm down from the black and the cyan and magenta are about 0.5mm down. I think there might be a calibration process but I can't find it. I don't have a Windows or Mac computer to try it on.
I installed the full HPLIP and in the hp-toolbox there does not seem to be a calibration option.

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Alan Bell (alanbell) said : #1

I installed the firmware from here using wine. It seemed to work successfully and a test print shows improved colour reproduction and perfect alignment of Cyan and Magenta with the black. The yellow remains slightly misaligned.

HPLIP does not support color alignment or cleaning for this device.

From the manual it looks like you may need to use the Windows driver to calibrate your printer.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


In addition, we do not recommend using wine to update the firmware on your printer. It's very possible that the firmware update may fail which will make the printer unusable. If this is the case it's impossible to fix the firmware to make the printer functional again.


Alan Bell (alanbell) said : #4

is there a supported way to update the firmware from Linux then? It did seem to work perfectly via wine so looks like I dodged a bullet there. I will give the windows drivers a go from wine too, perhaps it will run enough to at least trigger the calibration otherwise it will have to go back.

There isn't any supported way to update the firmware with linux (that I know of). To avoid any problems it's best to use windows for updating the firmware.

Sorry I couldn't help more!


soifran (soifran) said : #6

I would like to put my 2 cents in the discussion as it has evolved recently,2151

ubuntu users can now install the excellent foo2hp instead of hplip and get a way to set color alignement on hp cp 1215

last version must be installed by hand following instructions

enjoy !

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