Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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See, this is why I hate computers.

It's actually a printer problem, but it probably has to do with firmware and whatever cpu works the printer. I bought an HP d135 OfficeJet about a year ago. Prints, faxes, copies, scans. Nice. Main drawback is that it's an inkjet, and the cost of the ink cartridges is ridiculous. But I also have an ancient HP Laserjet III (yes, a III, from around 1991) that does the heavy slogging on large print jobs.

So. The III sucks at envelopes (always smears them, has since I got it), so I do envelopes in the OfficeJet. Until today, when it stopped doing envelopes. Huh? It would start an envelope, then stall. The envelope wasn't jammed: if you turned the printer off, it would eject the envelope very nicely. It just wouldn't print it. No error message: the envelope just sat there, the printing light flashed as if there was actual printing going on, but the print mechanism didn't move. This continued until you turned off the printer.

 Now, I had just installed a new color cartridge. I don't use color much, but the stupid machine refuses to function without it. Won't print, gives error messages, even on stuff that is only black. Huh? Oh, well, pay up for the cartridge.

Perhaps I not seated the new cartridge properly when I installed it? I took it out, put it back in. Still no love. I did a Usenet and web search for users with similar problems. No dice. I checked for new drivers, but the most recent drivers HP has released for my model printer are from 2002, and I have them already.

I finally remembered that in the HP setup program that lives on the PC, I had set the photo settings to 'black only', back when the color cartridge was dead, hoping to force the printer to print regardless of the dead color cartridge. (Didn't work.) Surely that had nothing to the envelope problem? There weren't any photos on the envelope. And non-envelopes, i.e., 8 1/2 x 11 paper, printed fine. But, it was something I had changed. So I changed it back again to the factory default.

And lo, envelope printing worked again.

This took me two hours to figure out. 

It took two hours because it made no damned sense. Why should a setting for color photos screw up envelope printing?

So that's why I hate computers, sometimes. Random software interactions causing problems, that can't be fixed by reason and logic.


 

SETSU
mou(keru)
meaning: establish, build

設置 == setchi == establishment, founding, institution
設計 == sekkei == design


Left radical is 'words/speak' (言). Originally the left radical was a pictograph of a stake or wedge. Right radical is 'striking hand holding a utensil' (upper part is 'axe', lower part is 'hand'). In this case the 'utensile' was a hammer or mallet. This character originally indicated the laying of the foundation of a building. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Build with words, despite hammer in hand.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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