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I am trying to print a bitmap image on a zebra printer (TLP-2844-Z) and it comes out incredibly blurry and faint but when I print it on a laser printer it looks fine. Also, when I printer plain text to the zebra printer or the test page it comes out crystal clear. Is there something I am doing wrong?

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Are you using the correct driver for that printer? Have you tried reinstalling it? Have you tried printing from a different application? –  goblinbox Apr 14 '10 at 22:06
    
You may want to use a specific label printer application if this is for a business. Check out this roundup: bar-code-label-software-review.toptenreviews.com –  Chris S Apr 15 '10 at 1:33

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Check the dpi of the bitmap you are printing. The TLP-2844-Z has a dpi of 203, where as the laser printer you are using is likely to be 600 or 1200 dpi, so you will see a difference in quality. Using the correct driver will help. Zebra has a lot of very similar models, and often it they have similar model names/numbers, so it can be hard to tell what is what.

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The DPI must match exactly or the Zebra will dither the image to make it print, and as you've experienced, it's ugly. –  Chris S Apr 15 '10 at 1:22
    
I will check that out tomorrow and get back to everyone. –  Nathan Apr 15 '10 at 3:16
    
@ Nathan, did it work? –  BillN Jul 7 '10 at 21:21

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