How come when I print on my HP d2530 using my Mac it cuts off words on the right margin?

by on February 14, 2009

Q: I just bought a new printer and I’ve looked thru all the possible solutions using HELP on my Mac (Mac OSX 10.4.11). When I print a document on my HP d2530 printer it cuts off words on the right margin. How can I fix this? I’m quite illiterate when it comes to computers so please be as clear and as concise as possible.

One Response to “How come when I print on my HP d2530 using my Mac it cuts off words on the right margin?”

    Are you experiencing printing problems only in certain programs, such as Safari? If so, use the “Page Setup” option in whichever program is misbehaving.

    If all programs are having printing problems, single left-click on the “light switch” icon in your computer’s Dock. This will take you to the System Preferences section of your computer. In there, look for an icon called “Print & Fax”.

    Make sure that you’re in the “Printing” section, and then use the “Default Paper Size in Page Setup” drop-down menu to confirm that paper size matches the kind of paper you are using. In the USA, you probably want to choose “US Letter”. Many other regions of the world use “A4” paper size.

    Now, single left-click on your printer in the list and use the “Printer Setup” button to see what other changes you can make to your printing preferences. These options are different for each printer, so I cannot provide exact instructions. One recommendation I can offer is to disable “borderless printing”.

    If you are still experiencing printing problems, try the following:

    1. Disconnect your printer from your computer by disconnecting the USB 2.0 cable from your computer. Turn off the printer.

    2. In the Printer section of Printer & Fax area, click on the minus (-) button to remove the printer from your computer’s configuration. Restart your computer.

    3. Use a broadband internet connection (DSL, cable internet, etc) to download the latest official drivers/software for your printer from HP at:

    4. Install the HP drivers/software, then turn your printer on and connect it to your computer when instructed to do so using the USB 2.0 cable. Restart your computer when the installation process has finished.

    5. Print something in a word processor — Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, etc. If printing is unsuccessful, visit the Print & Fax area again. If printing is successful, test print in other programs; use Page Setup as needed.

    PS: For printers, I prefer Brother and Epson over HP. My opinion is that HP’s paper feeding system is more susceptible to malfunction than other brands. Furthermore, HP drivers/software are often poorly designed. These opinions are based on my nearly 10 years of computer consulting experience.

    Does any of this help? I look forward to receiving your reply. Until then…