Bad printed text within pages with colour elements (but ok with acroread)

by Antonello   Last Updated July 12, 2018 09:02 AM

I have some problems printing colour pages with a RICOH Aficio MP3501 network printer (I can't change printer), in the sense that the black text is .. how would be the name in English? "blurred" ?

See the left side of the following printed scans, and compare it with the right side:

print comparition

What could cause this problem (and how could I solve it) ? A few notes:

  • I have this problem only when printing colour and only when the page itself contains - even minimally - some colour;
  • CUPS test page and acroread prints fine, but all the other software in the system (Libreoffice, evince, gnome pdf reader, firefox..) have this problem;
  • I already tested all the possible settings of the printer (driver, colour saving mode, resolution..), effects.

Ubuntu 16.04.

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