I've got the same problem.
I've got Vista 32 bit, newest Adobe Reader 9.2.0 (with all updates) and Canon Pixma IP4600 printer (it's home PC, PC and printer connected via USB, i'm the admin, but don't tell anybody the latter). Printer's driver are newest according to Canon page, on previously suggested DriverMax there are none for this printer.
I tried a few documents, all of the document's language (File -> Properties -> Advanced -> Reading options -> Language) is empty. Vista's language is Polish.
I tried the same document on my sister's XP, Adobe Reader 9.1.0 and the same printer with proper result.
The suggestion "File, Print, Advanced, Font and Resource Policy: Send for Each Page" is printer-dependent.
Looks like 9.2.0 issue. Can anyone help me?
I've tried "Print as Image" as well as all other options which seemed that could change anything.
I've just installed Reader 8.1.3 (last of the 8) and it's the same. I'm now going to reinstall printer drivers.
PS I can't write replies in Opera.
Sorry for double posting.
Before reinstalling printer drivers I've checked a few things and the results are:
-print normally: wrongly
-print as image: well
-print normally: wrongly
-print as image: wrongly
The good thing is I've found a way to print pdfs properly, the bad is I'm afraid to install any new Adobe Reader at the moment.
We are having the same problem but it happens using Acrobat Standard 9.0 not reader and we have XP computers and a HP printer. We can see this problem, resend right away and the second copy prints ok. So far I've only seen this happen when we print a pdf form and even then it's very infrequent.
My problem most commonly occurs when I am away from the office (and any printer) with my laptop, and do a print into the spooler. Then, when I bootup back in the office the documents print out. Usually this works fine, but some documents get garbled. Unfortunately it is often hard to figure out which document I had tried to print, since the output is illegible.
No problem with FoxIt or PDF-Create, only Acrobat Reader. And this has gone for several versions.
busoppreviews: As I have written before - I have a printer connected to PC via USB, there is no network involved, only mechanically moving laptops.
PS Why on earth I can't reply on these forums using Firefox?
Regarding to garbled text, it seems to fix the problem on Vista by opening the .pdf file and setting the flag "print as image" on.
Go to: File/Print/Advanced/Print as Image.
Spooling takes a bit longer (but not that long) and it saves you a lot of paper (trees???).
I believe I have found a fix to the problem. I had a client who would only get the strange characters in the PDF's when they printed in Internet Explorer but Chrome would work fine (for reference they were running Win 7 64bit and Adobe Pro 9 I believe). If you go into the Control Panel/Devices and Printers/Right Click on Adobe PDF printer and choose printing preferences/Uncheck the box to "Rely on system fonts only; don't use document fonts". That should fix it for you.