I am using Ubuntu 12.10.

I want to install network printer Toshiba e-Studio 455, but in Driver database there are only entries for 450, 450s, 451c, 452 and 453.
When I used driver for 450 and tried to print test page, printer printed page with following context:


How can I install this printer to work properly or from where can I download a correct driver?


A workaround is:

lpadmin -p TOSHIBA-ColorMFP  -o pdftops-renderer-default=pdftops

if, your printer is indeed called TOSHIBA-ColorMFP. Check the name of your printers with:

lpstat -a
  • I have no idea what it is doing, but it's working Feb 5 '13 at 12:22
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    It is forcing a render to postscript through GNU Postscript and sends that to the printer. This will fix many things, since GNU postscript is much more forgiving when parsing PDF than some printers are. If I understand things correctly... @MichałHerman Feb 5 '13 at 12:24
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    Via the GUI you can also go to Printers (search for it in Unity) -> right click the printer -> Printer Properties -> Job Options -> Other Options (Advanced) (at the very bottom of the page) -> Add a new option -> "pdftops-renderer", then set its value to pdftops and apply.
    – pix
    Dec 4 '13 at 5:25

Another workround is to use the "Generic PCL" driver as the eStudio printers don't like being sent font data by postscript - the PCL6XL drivers will even do colour.

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