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Anybody know how to change the print quality? I'm printing via network. I can finally get it to print from the Mac, but it's printing on the best quality. I want to change the setting to normal.
Can someone please help? Thanks

I figured it would be in the Printer Setup Utility, but the Utility picture is greyed out...

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I have been wondering this for ages as well.
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I forgot to mention that I have an All In One HP PSC 2210. Anyone? Please help!!

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When you go to print there is a dialog box that pops up, click on the third drop down menu and select "paper type/quality". You should be able to change the paper type, quality, and color mode.
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I don't have that option for some reason.

FYI, I have the MBP 2.2 ghz, running Tiger 10.4.9
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From what program are you trying to print? I know in most mac programs that dialog box comes up, but in things like photoshop its different.
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Did you try accessing the controls via the Page Setup instead of directly going to the Print dialog?
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Did you try accessing the controls via the Page Setup instead of directly going to the Print dialog?
I haven't tried it yet because I'm at work right now and I don't have my Mac, but I also haven't been able to choose the right printer. According to the apple website, it says that the HP PSC 2210 driver should be included in Tiger 10.4, but I don't see it anywhere.

When I finally got the printer to work, I ended up picking a different HP printer, again, when I printed, it took so long because it was doing the BEST quality. That's why i'm trying to change the printer settings.

Do you think i'll have to reformat? I'll try what you suggested when I go home.

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Ok what I suggested won't work anymore than what you've tried: the problem you have not being able to change the print quality settings is because your Mac is riding with a generic printer profile. Looks like you have to load your specific printer model profile. I might have it wrong here because I'm using at school a Panther machine but you should be able to add your printer via the System Preferences panel and I can't remember if in Tiger it's under the Hardware section or something similar. But look in there, in a pref pane called Printer & Fax, perhaps?

In that pane, you should see some type of button that will allow you to add your printer as the default printer.

The screenie below is from a French OS X version we use at school but you basically just click on the + sign after the System Preferences add printer thing.

If you don't see your printer profile in the list, you might have to install GIMP-Print (goes by the name of Gutenprint now I think).

Hope this helps a little.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I read somewhere that GIMP-print, prints at high quality only. I originally had it set at GIMP-print, but at that time I may have not realized that I was able to change the printing settings. I really hope that I can change it.
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Yea you should install the HP driver for your printer, that will help a lot. Once you do that, you should then see if the paper type/quality option is available.
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Anybody know how to change the print quality? I'm printing via network. I can finally get it to print from the Mac, but it's printing on the best quality. I want to change the setting to normal.
Can someone please help? Thanks

I figured it would be in the Printer Setup Utility, but the Utility picture is greyed out...

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Koolkat,

I was a stumped with how to change the printer setting for a while when I first switched. I literally learn something new every day on my Mac.

Using the picture in the attachment, printer setting changes can be made by clicking on the arrow where it says Copies & Pages. Click the arrow there and you'll find settings such as for the layout, paper handling, color sync, paper feed, etc. If this is not what you are talking about, my apologies. For me when I found this out it was just one of those DUHHHHH moments for me.
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i installed the driver but still, no option for print quality....
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Here is where I find it for my HP - would think yours will be similar - although the PSC 2210 has been around for quite awhile, don't know how much effort HP put into the driver for it.
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bobtomay.....that's what I'm missing....do you think if I install your driver, that it may work???
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