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How to get Pentax Pocketjet II printer to work? - SOLVED
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Sep 2010, 16:13    Post_subject:  

tide wrote:
Good news: I CAN print PDF files.

That's handy. I was going to suggest that you convert the PDF file to Postscript with the pdf2ps command.
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doesn't work with jpg though

Try this. Launch your web browser and open the JPG file in it. Then use the "Print to File" technique.
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tide

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Sep 2010, 08:59    Post_subject:  

Nice trick! Cos didn't work with paint etc.
Think I'll have to play with the settings somehow. PS preview shows a smaller image with horizontal stripes. Print quality seems slightly on the faint side too.
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Sep 2010, 09:28    Post_subject:  

If you haven't already figured this out, the printer settings are controlled by the script /usr/bin/pentax. It contains the line:
Code:
/usr/local/pentaxpj/pentaxpj_sh  -s letter -g 2550x3300 -d 7 -f 1 -a 300  -t 0 -p /dev/lp0 $1

The "-d 7" argument sets the print density. Try changing it to "-d 10".

You can see the complete list of options by typing the command:
Code:
/usr/local/pentaxpj/pentaxpj_sh  -h
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tide

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 10:05    Post_subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
If you haven't already figured this out, the printer settings are controlled by ...


*cough* cough* indeed I hadn't. I'm not exactly fluent in command line stuff
but I'll get there (I guess). Thanks for your help & patience!
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 10:25    Post_subject:  

Here's a little trick to save you from going to the command line when you want to print.

Open the folder /usr/bin and locate the file "pentax"

In another window, right-click on one of your PS files and select Open With > Customize > OK.

Control + Shift + Drag a link from the /usr/bin/pentax file into the SendTo window.

Now to print a file, you can just right-click on it and select your Pentax program.
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