Currently Being ModeratedAug 16, 2013 11:01 PM (in response to garyfromjenkins)
Do you have the program Apple Printer Utility available on that machine? It would have come with the OS, not with the printer's software; and was usually located in the folder named CD Extras on the OS 9 Install CD.
In OS 9, Apple Printer Utility can be used to set/address many printer-specific features, such as whether to auto-print a startup page or a test page; give the printer a unique name; and some other things.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to Don Archibald)
Okay, I had OS9.2 disk and I opened the Apple Printer Utility and indeed, it had a place to turn off the start-up page, but it was not checked and it still gives me a start-up page. Now what?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2013 11:13 PM (in response to garyfromjenkins)
Your description of the page having a solid black rectangle sounds like a cleaning page, or perhaps a test page. Look in the settings in Apple Printer Utility for something related to those.
Note that you will need to 'open' the printer in order to make changes to its preferences. It would probably be a good idea to copy that utility to your hard drive on the G3 before using it, rather than using it from the CD.