Printing useless pages overnight

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AS/400 printing
We recently installed an HP M605 printer on our network that is dedicated to iSeries use (no other network printing is permitted). Sometime between when we leave at night and come back in the morning this printer is spewing out about 15 pages with symbols (black twisty, happy face, happy face, reverse happy face --see unicode hex: 2023, 263A, 263A, 263B) repeated on each sheet (1 set per page). We do go into a restricted state for backups overnight which ends-then restarts- TCP/IP, QSPL, etc. Not sure how to trace down what is causing these sheets to be generated. It is a waste of paper that we would like end. On OS V7.1 w/ latest cume. Looking for suggestions on how we might be able to track down what is causing this.

Software/Hardware used:
HP M605, IBM i OS,

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Try taking the printer off line at the end of the day and see if it triggers a error message on the i-Series. This may point you to who or what is trying to access the printer overnight .

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  • slack400
    I just checked the holy grail of IBM/AS400 printing and I don't see this device listed as a tested/supported device. So there's a chance that there isn't sufficient driver support for this model.

    I would always refer to this listing before buying a printer that you intend to use on the AS400. I can save you some headaches from time to time.

    I would definitely hold the outq or power off the printer overnight and review the pending items in the morning.

    Typically I've seen things like this when the wrong driver is defined on the AS400 printer config or if you're trying to pass something coded for IPDS language to a non supported device.

    In the morning check the queue and display the spooled file attributes for the items in question and look for an anomaly.

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  • bhannah
    I have to agree with slack400 on this. We used to see this happen occasionally too. We found that after we changed to a totally supported device that the issue almost went away.
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  • azohawk
    I will keep that in mind, but it was here before I knew it was in the works to be purchased.
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