Printing to 5.5 x 8.5

Good day,

This topic may seem not relevant but I am stuck in finding a forum to bring it up. Maybe sharing it here others will have encountered it and direct me where to look.

I have made a switch from Windows to Linux. I print to a HP Laserjet 4000 printer. Often, I print to 5.5 x 8.5 inches, the size used for my planner. There's no issue using this size in Windows. However, in Linux the CUPS installation package for OpenSuse or Ubuntu does not handle this size well. It is interpreted as a Letter size 8.5 x 11.

The challenge with printing to this size, the guides on the Laserjet centre the page in the middle of the tray. Feeding the sheet through the paper tray or the single sheet tray and it triggers a paper jam error for an unexpected size is inserted.

How does one set-up for a custom size paper? It's not really a software issue for defining the size in OpenOffice is possible. The challenge is having the driver 'respect' (for lack of a better word) that paper choice and print as desired on the 5.5 x 8.5 inch format.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Try this

I'm not familiar at all with Linux, but I did have a heck of a time with my HP printer at first, years ago when I first tried to print my own planner pages. Here is what I have to do in Windows, perhaps this will trigger a clue for you.

I print just about everything from either MS Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF. When I click on 'print' the print dialogue box comes up. At the top, next to the drop down menu that has the name of the printer, I click on the properties box. This brings up all of my HP options, where I can tell the printer to print in color or black and white, and where I have to tell the printer what size paper I'm using. The printer does not 'understand' the paper size from the document, I have to tell it separately. Is there something like that in your system?

Printing to 5.5 x 8.5

Yes, there is a dialog that is similar to the one in Windows. The challenge is that it does not have the option of a custom paper-size in its Linux equivalent.

The wizard and set-up for defining the printer is provided by HP, as it is in Windows. But it lacks this particular functionality on Linux.


printer driver

I'm guessing that this is a problem with this particular printer driver. I'm pretty sure I've made custom page sizes in Ubuntu before (or maybe it was Mandriva, I don't remember). Maybe there is a better driver for this printer somewhere...


You could...

use Multivalent to impose two PDF 5.5 by 8.5 pages onto an 8.5 by 11 sheet, print that and then print that.
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I print this size all the

I print this size all the time. Im not sure what program you are using, but on my setup (Ubuntu 10.10) I defined a custom paper size. The first time you go to print, there is a dropdown for papersize. Select "Manage Custom Sizes..." from the list. That will allow you to define the size you want. Thereafter, you can select your custom size from the list. I know this is not a very detailed explanation, let me know if you want further details.