This is my hardware/software configuration:
- HP Color LaserJet MFP M277dw
- HPLIP 3.15.11
- Note of 6 Oct 2016: the problem persists with HPLIP 3.16.2
- HPP0053.PPD version 19.12, freshly updated last week.
- Note of 6 Oct 2016: the driver is still the same
I want to print some pages from a pdf file with images in colour. I visualize this file with evince and want to print it in greyscale rather than in colour. Therefore, I activate the instruction to "print colour as gray" in the printer dialogue window.
In disregard of my settings, the preview of evince itself is in colour and so is the print. (Moreover, this occurs regardless of whether I set gray printing as default in the printer settings upstream of evince.)
This issue is recent is my computer. Previously there was a perfect correspondence between evince, its printer dialogue settings and the printer response.
Beside the regular Ubuntu updates, the only change that I can obviously connect this new situation to is the driver upgrade from HPP00036.PPD v 19.10 to HPP0053.PPD v 19.12.
This issue is not new to HP printers, though. This post suggests to add the same printer once again, but this does not work for me. I get a responsive colour/greyscale toggle only if I install my printer as a M577 model instead of M277 (thereby giving in the duplex printing capabilities). This indicates that the glitch has to do with the driver devised for this specific model.
In the internet it's possible to find similar complaints on HP printers in Windows environments as well.
I would like to restore a normal state of affairs.
- Has anyone had a similar experience?
- Is the HP driver the actual culprit?
- Is there a proven solution strategy to fix this?
The screenshot below shows the job attributes of one print that I intended to print in grayscale and was printed in colour instead. The line `HPPJLColorAsGray yes' is apparent. Even worse, the document is printed in high resolution, ignoring the EconoMode setting too.
- Does anyone spot a fault that could invalidate these settings?