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How to Disable Postscript Passthrough or Generate Postscript in the Driver: Finishing Options Failing or Excessive Spool Size

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Problem

Unable to duplex; PDF not duplexing; PostScript file not duplexing; EPS file not duplexing; Adobe Reader not duplexing; PDF printing to wrong tray; PostScript file printing to wrong tray; EPS file printing to wrong tray; Adobe Reader not allowing tray selection; Driver Finishing Options Such as tray Selection and duplex Failing with PostScript Applications

Solution

Overview (2014)

This article describes where and when to activate Disable PS passthrough or Generate PostScript in the driver. These settings perform identical functions, which is to disallow preprocessed data to passthrough the driver and to force the driver to process the print data. 

Topics in this article:

 

 Microsoft Windows 7 "Printing preferences" activation

Generation 2 Drivers & Universal Print Driver

Generate PostScript in driver

vs.

Generation 1 Drivers

Disable PostScript passthrough

1. Click on the Start icon.   1. Click on the Start icon.
2. Click on Devices and Printers. 2. Click on Devices and Printers.
3. Right-click on the PS printer object. 3. Right-click on the PS printer object.
4. Select Printing preferences from the drop-down menu. 4. Select Printing preferences from the drop-down menu.
5. Click on Other Options. 5. Click on Other Options.
6. Place a checkmark next to Generate PostScript in driver.  6. Click on More Options.
7. Click OK. 7. Click on PostScript.
 
 
 
8. Place a checkmark next to Disable PostScript passthrough.
9. Click OK.

10. Click Apply.

Click here for Generation 1 illustration.

 

 Application activation

NOTE: The absence of Page Setup may require that you select File >  Print Setup or Print and then Properties. If so, this indicates that your printer's finishing options are being controlled by the print driver rather than the application.


    1. From the application's menu bar, go to File, Print Setup. Or, File > Print.
    2. Click Properties... in the screen that appears.

       
       
    3. Click Other Options, place a checkmark next to Generate PostScript in driver, and click OK. You are finished.
    4. Generation 1 and 2 driver-users will have to proceed to select More Options...

       
       
    5. If you selected More Options, you will click the PostScript... button.


       
       
    6. Click in the box next to Disable PostScript passthrough and then click OK.
       


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Legacy drivers (Generation 1 drivers)

From the application's menu bar, go to File, Print Setup, Properties... 
  1. Click the PostScript tab.
     
  1. Click in the box next to Disable PostScript Passthrough and then click OK.

 
 
 
 

When to use

Consider these possible conditions or symptoms: 
  • Driver finishing options such as, input trays, output trays, duplex, mirror, N-up, orientation, # copies, print and hold, are completely ignored.
  • Slow printing performance
  • Large spool file sizes; i.e., a 20 MB file spools to over 100 MB
  • Applications utilizing the following file types or extensions (Adobe Reader, for example, uses a .pdf file extension); these file types and their respective applications generate preprocessed PostScript print data that Lexmark PS drivers pass directly to the printer. 
Applications utilizing the following file types may encounter problems:
    • .PS – PostScript (text only)
    • .PDF – Portable Document Format
    • .PRN – (Print file incorporating Adobe or PostScript architecture)
    • .EPS – Encapsulated PostScript
    • .ABR – Brush (Adobe PhotoShop)
    • .AFM – Adobe Font Metrics
    • .AI – Adobe Illustrator
    • .TAL Adobe Type Align
    • .PPT Power Point utilizing any PostScript fonts


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How it works

  • It works around the inherent functionality by telling the driver to stop passing preprocessed print data
  • It reprocesses the print data using Lexmark's own PostScript interpreters
  • It appends the proper commands, such as Tray Selection and Duplex, to the print data
  • It ss not available with Microsoft's System PS drivers
  • It is not available with Apple's Laser Writer 8 driver used in conjunction with Lexmark's PPD

 

  

Still Need Help?


If you require additional assistance, please close this window, go to your product's support page and locate Get In Touch with Lexmark! for contact information. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model/machine type and serial number (SN).

Please be near the products described in this article to expedite the support process and reduce call-back situations.


 



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