Printing PDFs with a HP 1022n

I’ve got a user who was experiencing repeated issues printing PDFs to his HP 1022n printer.  About every 5-10 days,printing would grind to a halt, and the Print Spooler would repeatedly crash.  Usually a restart of the computer (or the Print Spooler service) would fix the problem, but it was rapidly becoming a major pain in the rear.

I found the cause – the LaserJet 1020 serier of printers are HOST based printers, while PCL support is needed to print PDF files.

The workaround is easy – in the Print dialog box for Acrobat Reader, click on the “Advanced” button in the bottom left hand corner:

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In the Advanced Print Setup window, check on the box labeled “Print as image”.

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With the “print as an image” selected, the HP 1022 can successfully print PDF files. Unfortunately, this setting doesn’t stay set -you will need to select it every time you go to print a file – another pain.  It sure beats buying a more expensive (and more capable) printer!

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