I have a dell 1720 usb laser printer. Ive used it in the past with ubuntu and debian and its always worked fine. Not any more aparently!
It started printing out in symbols, like one line at a time, any time I tried to print anything (pdf's and basic text).
Its using the correct driver that I have always used. (Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic/pxlmono)
Ive tried reinstalling the printer aproximatley seventy-three times. It works fine for about one print job and I think AWESOME ITS FREAKIN WORKING. But then goes back to printing its jibberish one-line, thousand-page tripe. I have reinstalled cups, cups-bsd, cups-client, and anything else cups-ish. And I purged everything and made sure no config files were left anywhere. Still it has the same problem. Works fine for one or two jobs, then breaks itself. I made a debian virtual machine and set the printer up on that... Does the exact same thing. It always works on windows however. Even after it starts doing its jibberish nonsense I can plug it into my laptop running Windows 8 and it works fine. So what the hell???? I have no idea how to solve this one.
# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.6.2
# Written by cupsd
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE WHEN CUPSD IS RUNNING
Info Dell Laser Printer 1720
MakeModel Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic/pxlmono
JobSheets none none