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Why do web pages print out in some kind of weird language or binary code?


When I look at a web page (ie. on-line order from Staples) it looks normal. When I go to print it, the formatting is bizarre - I cannot even reproduce it for you as it is full of marks and squiggles. Numbers do not come out at all.

I just always used Explorer if their was something I knew I was going to want a printed copy of.

(50@$0.49) $24.50 printed as E RM ] AMKQV F AOQKRM

PST/QST printed as mpqLnpq

The word Documents comes out as acAiaEaie with ~`" ^ type marks above the letters.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

As long as I can remember.

Installed Plug-ins

  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Default Plug-in
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.0"
  • Google Update
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r82
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
  • Picasa plugin
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_21 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.50917.0
  • Google Updater pluginhttp://pack.google.com/
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10

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Helpful Reply

There's a Bug which causes Firefox to print gibberish or garbeled characters for certain fonts, with certain print drivers.


(Please don't comment in that Bug report unless you can provide a patch to fix the problem.) https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html

Modified by the-edmeister