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>HP Business Inket 2800dtn woes (updated)

>I purchased an HP Business Inkjet 2800dtn, expecting to receive a high-quality, Mac-compatible colour printer. Although the printer looks good from the outside, I have quite some issues with it:

  • can’t get any A3 prints out using Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional; all output is clipped at A4-size;
  • when I select which tray to use in any Mac OS-standard print dialog, all output is mirrored and flipped upside-down (?!);
  • when printing A4 using Acrobat 8, there are margins of about 3 mm on both the left and the right side;
  • all output from NeoOffice (2.0 Aqua Beta 3 Patch 15) is printed in light-gray.

I tried using different drivers, but there only seems to be the Foomatic driver, which is included in Mac OS X 10.4, it’s on the HP installation CD and it’s the current printer driver according to… The HPIJS printer driver doesn’t work at all.

Update (April 10, 2007): The trick is to use the network interface only, not the USB interface. Then the Foomatic PostScript drivers work like a charm.

Update (July 2, 2007): The issue with Acrobat was my fault. I did not realize I have to set the paper size manually each time I start Acrobat, using Shift-Cmd-P.