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PCL XL Errors

Document ID:SO1183

Usergroup :External


Job does not print; PCL XL error prints on page


Microsoft Windows 95; Microsoft Windows 98; Microsoft Windows Me; Microsoft Windows NT 4; Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows XP; Lexmark Custom PCL Driver; PCL XL errors occur when the driver generates a job that cannot be properly translated by the printer's Raster Image Processor. The page usually contains a description of the error and the faulty operator.


One workaround is to set the printer driver to use a different graphics mode. Do the following:

  1. Open the Printers folder and right click on the printer driver in question.
  2. Windows 95, 98, Me:  Select Properties from the list.
    Windows NT, 2000, XP:  Select Documents Defaults or Printer Preferences.
  3. Within the Driver settings, select the Graphics tab. The graphics mode setting determines the level of PCL to be used in spooling print jobs.
  4. From the list of available Graphics Modes, select Raster or GL/2 and apply the change.
  5. After saving the change in the driver settings, try to print the document again in Raster or GL/2 mode. Note: In these graphics modes (Raster, GL/2), the size of the print job can become bigger than in PCL XL mode.

Another workaround is to use the PostScript driver instead of the PCL driver.


This solution is offered only as a temporary workaround and not necessarily a permanent fix.  If PCL XL errors continue with specific applications or printers, a printer firmware upgrade might be required. In this case, please contact the Lexmark Technical Support line.

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