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I printed a PDF containing colored text using lp file.pdf. I expected the text to show up in grey or black, but it was not printed at all.

Is this expected behaviour? Can I change a setting somewhere to handle color in some sensible manner?

My printer is an OKI 4100.

closed as off-topic by Jeff Schaller, Rui F Ribeiro, Anthon, Kusalananda, ilkkachu Jun 19 '17 at 9:07

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    No, that isn't expected behavior. Sounds like a general issue with your printer. Does printing a black and white page work? I really doubt this would have anything to do with color. – terdon Jun 14 '17 at 8:27
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    Please edit question with your printer model and the installed driver you are using. Ideas to debug: Convert to Postscript with pdf2ps and xpdf printing dialog (try both), try if it prints then. Possibly it's also a colorspace issue (PDF supports several colorspaces), so other PDFs with color may print correctly. – dirkt Jun 14 '17 at 8:56
  • Most printer drivers have options to convert colour to "black and white" or "grey scale". I don't know where this would be set using lp or your specific printer, but lighter colours could come out white with the "black and white" setting. – Joe P Jun 14 '17 at 9:04
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I was using the wrong driver. There is no driver for the B4100 but the driver for the Laserjet 1100 is known to work. For some reason I was using the Laserjet 4 driver instead.

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