My HP deskjet prints black text with the color cartridge.

Asked by Jerry Stubblefield on 2011-10-12

My HP Deskjet D1420 has started printing text documents (created in LibreOffice) using the color cartidge. It apparently trieds to mix colors to equal black, but it comes out pale gray. I only find one setting that says "print in black" and that's what I check. Everything else I go to seems to think I am using color or "gray scale" so I choose gray scale when I have to choose something. This started after I printed some color photos, so maybe some settings have changed, but if so I can't find them.

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Can you give the output of;

lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep hplip


I have absolutely no idea what you are asking me for. I am just a person, not a computer programmer, if indeed that is computerese. Sorry.

Open a terminal (press ctrl+alt+t) and select from here the row below, then copy into terminal

lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep hplip

then press enter, copy from terminal the command result and copy here....

Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said : #4

The print options you get are supported by the print driver. In other words, its not LibreOffice's fault. Its down to hplip (Hewlett Packard Linux Imaging Project).

If you run

lpoptions -l

in a terminal, it will show you all the options for your printer. The ones shown for OutputMode/Print Quality are relevant here. The one with an asterisk (*) against it is the current default. Could it be that you have 'draft' quality as the default. That comes out rather pale.


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