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    Mac OS X - "Error While Printing" from all apps

    Dear All,

    I'm running Mac OS X 10.3 on my iMac G4. I have a HP Colour LaserJet 2500 Series attached to it by USB, and a couple of days before, a standard (non-admin) account couldn't print. When I tried to, the APPLICATION said "Error while printing". A couple minutes of fiddling proved unsuccesful so I just put it over to the admin account and it worked.

    Days later, the error happened to me. It was really maddening. It seems that even Installer doesn't work now. I Googled around and found a couple of Mac forums had had these problems before but no solution.

    I repaired my disk permissions already and it still doesn't work. I don't recall updating my system before this problem occured.

    Something does work. If I drag the printer to my dock, some files do print when I open them with my printer.

    Here are my specs just to be safe:

    Mac OS X 10.3.9, 1.25 GHz PPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM

    Thanks in advance,
    DCheng

    [Edit]
    I found http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107396 at Apple's support page and it pretty much matches my problem completely. When I follow the help, it still doesn't work. I even did what I should do for 10.2 in the CLI but to no avail.

    Everytime I try to repair my permissions I get the same stuff, stuff about my ColorSync Profile, something about spool and jobs or something like that (to do with printers?). I had fiddled with my coloursync profiles before everything screwed up, I remember that.
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    I don't know much about Macs but a friend who uses them suggests this:

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14641

    "Printer setup repair"

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
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    nihil,

    Sorry about the late reply. I live in HK and plus I lost my password this morning. What are the chances! Anyway.

    Thanks a lot for the link. I'll try it out.

    I know that this forum runs largely on people running Linuxs and Windows, but I read somewhere a symbolic link on a Mac to
    /tmp (from private/tmp) was needed and if this was lost the problems I had would occur. This doesn't seem to be there when I ls -h my drive, but the repair programs say it's there...

    Any ideas? Does Unix have anything like that?

    Thanks a lot for the help so far,
    DCheng

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    Well,

    Another thing you might try is to:

    1. Set up another user with permissions (default) to that printer.
    2. Set up the printer as another printer, with default settings.

    Please let me know how you get on.

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
    What profiteth a man if he gains the entire World at the expense of his immortal soul?

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