HP Photosmart: How to print 4x6" index card STRAIGHT!?

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  1. Guest

    Howdy,
    I've been trying to print on 4x6" index cards for name tags (Word97)
    and ham radio verification cards ("QSL cards") on my HP Photosmart1000
    printer.

    My problem is that the cards skew while being pulled through for the
    printing. This makes the image at an angle. I've tried 3 ways:
    1. through the 4x6" photo paper tray
    This one moves the paper over an inch to the left. The HP printing
    software takes care of this, but I'm printing through Word97. I can
    cheat Word97 with an extra right 1" of margin, but the paper size
    issues are NO FUN. Word97 does not have an inherent 4x6" index card
    stock size. I can't seem to make the paper size stick in the template
    I use to make the cards.

    2. through the single envelope print slot
    This has the slew effect. I've tried such scam fixes as a thick slice
    of cardboard on the card's left side to help guide the card through,
    since the card is not as wide as a #10 envelope that the slot is
    designed for.

    3. through the normal paper tray
    This is terrible, since this printer does not allow enough access to
    get the stack of cards back out (either way you place the cards in)
    and requires (dangerous to the printer) digging the unused cards back
    out of the printer with some metal probe. I've also experienced slew
    with this printing input.

    There is only ONE TINY MENTION of 4x6" index cards in the supplied
    manual. And I can't figure out how to ask HP this burning question.
    Their Web site is not geared to folks like me, who want to ask a
    question on a printer.

    Thanks in advance for any sage advice...'specially if you have
    actually DONE IT with your printer!

    Richard
    Bastrop Texas USA
    Richard - Bastrop TX - Remove UNO to reply
     
    , Dec 13, 2003
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  2. xNokia3390x Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My problem is that the cards skew while being pulled through for the
    > printing. This makes the image at an angle. I've tried 3 ways:


    I have the exact same problem. Instead of it taking me half an hour, it
    took me over an hour and a half to finish printing my 4x6 cards (about 35)
    front and back with a word and the definition on the back. I first tried my
    DeskJet 930c (basically the same printer as your Photosmart 1000) and like
    you, the results weren't very good. It was usually crooked and it often fed
    wrong. I then tried my Photosmart 7350 figuring because it was newer, it
    must have a better feed system. Nope, it was just as bad. I ended up
    having to manually feed it thru the envelope and keeping it as straight as I
    could. I'm going to pick up a Canon i560 soon and see how it works with
    that printer. I won't get rid of my 930c though - many people have used
    their 9xx series (based on the same print engine as your P1000) for
    50,000-75,000 pages which is very impressive. I just need something to
    supplement my HP's advantages and disadvantages.
     
    xNokia3390x, Dec 13, 2003
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  3. Trev Guest

    "xNokia3390x" <> wrote in message
    news:NRKCb.14150$...
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > My problem is that the cards skew while being pulled through for the
    > > printing. This makes the image at an angle. I've tried 3 ways:

    >
    > I have the exact same problem. Instead of it taking me half an hour,

    it
    > took me over an hour and a half to finish printing my 4x6 cards (about

    35)
    > front and back with a word and the definition on the back. I first

    tried my
    > DeskJet 930c (basically the same printer as your Photosmart 1000) and

    like
    > you, the results weren't very good. It was usually crooked and it

    often fed
    > wrong. I then tried my Photosmart 7350 figuring because it was newer,

    it
    > must have a better feed system. Nope, it was just as bad. I ended up
    > having to manually feed it thru the envelope and keeping it as

    straight as I
    > could. I'm going to pick up a Canon i560 soon and see how it works

    with
    > that printer. I won't get rid of my 930c though - many people have

    used
    > their 9xx series (based on the same print engine as your P1000) for
    > 50,000-75,000 pages which is very impressive. I just need something

    to
    > supplement my HP's advantages and disadvantages.



    I have just done my Xmas cards. Envelopes that is. I removed the A4
    sheets out and placed the envelopes in slide the guides in to place an
    replaced the top tray . I have a 5550 it cant be that much different
     
    Trev, Dec 13, 2003
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  4. MaryL Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Howdy,
    > I've been trying to print on 4x6" index cards for name tags (Word97)
    > and ham radio verification cards ("QSL cards") on my HP Photosmart1000
    > printer.
    >
    > My problem is that the cards skew while being pulled through for the
    > printing. This makes the image at an angle. I've tried 3 ways:
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any sage advice...'specially if you have
    > actually DONE IT with your printer!
    >
    > Richard
    > Bastrop Texas USA
    > Richard - Bastrop TX - Remove UNO to reply


    I have an HP5550, so I'm not sure if this will help. I frequently print
    postcard-type cards, with no problem. I lift the top panel and carefully
    place the cards in the right side of the bottom panel. There are two
    sliders on my printer (left and top) that need to be *carefully* positioned
    snugly against the paper or cards. Then I use photo software to print -- I
    have successfully used PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro, WordPerfect, and HP's printer
    assistant. It only takes a couple of minutes to properly position the
    paper, so there may be something entirely different in the printers -- but
    it also may be that you need to place your paper on the bottom tray instead
    of using the envelope insert.

    I just checked my online HP manual, and it says to place no more than 30
    cards in the tray at a time. It also suggests looking at the instructions
    for borderless printing.

    I found the electronic manual to be much more comprehensive than the printed
    manual. If you don't have one, go to the HP site and download the printer
    assistant for your printer. I could try to e-mail a copy of mine to you if
    you can't locate it at the HP site (but remember that mine is actually for
    the HP 5550). Send e-mail to me if you need this help (and "delete the
    litter" from the e-mail address attached to this message).

    I hope this helps.
    MaryL
     
    MaryL, Dec 13, 2003
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  5. MaryL Guest

    "MaryL" <-OUT-THE-LITTER> wrote in message
    news:...
    >

    One more suggestion: Do you still have the installation disk that came with
    your printer? If so, you will probably find the electronic manual there.
    It can be saved to your computer for easy reference (and is much more
    complete than the printed literature that HP provides).

    MaryL
     
    MaryL, Dec 14, 2003
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  6. Markeau Guest

    Good grief, the dreaded HP inkjet skew problem again ... are there ANY
    inkjet printers that absolutely do not skew the print on a page,
    especially plain ole 8.5x11? I need to replace my ancient HP 890c
    (with a terrible skew problem, no matter how much paper is in the
    tray) but may just bite the color laser bullet if the current inkjet
    offerings still skew.
     
    Markeau, Dec 14, 2003
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  7. MaryL Guest

    As a follow-up, you should be able to find the electronic user's manual
    here: http://tinyurl.com/z66n

    I realize that you may already have done this, but I thought it was worth
    mentioning.

    Hope it helps...,
    MaryL
     
    MaryL, Dec 14, 2003
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