[Digikam-users] Printing issue
david at familyaldred.org.uk
Tue Jul 5 18:10:16 BST 2005
Setup: AD64-2800 PC (though running 32-bit Mandriva 2005LE Linux), HP Deskjet
940c printer, Digikam 0.7.2.
Sitting on the desk alongside, a WinXP 586-366 machine, with HP Photosmart
installed, printing through CUPS on the Linux machine.
I had 28 pictures to print, 4 per page. Started the process 'in bulk' with
Digikam Print Wizard, and after about 25 minutes with the Print Wizard itself
running, and over an hour with no physical output, killed the print job.
Tried a single 4-up page from Digikam. About 7 minutes of the Print Wizard
'generating print data' a 122Mb job turned up in the KDE print manager. gs
(Ghostscript, I assume) then took over: 10 minutes of gs using 95-100% of
processor capacity (according to top). Finally the printer starts to do
Tried another way: ftp the pics over to the WinXP machine, and use the HP
software. Within 2 minutes of hitting 'print' a 31Mb job turned up in KDE
print manager - about 1/4 the size. The quality was also higher: the HP
software claims 2400x1200 resolution, and is certainly finer than the Linux
Is there anything I can do on the Linux machine to make things happen faster -
and ideally to generate higher quality output?
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