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[SOLVED] HP Laserjet connected to a USB port

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Wirezfree:
Hi,

Having been through a number of installs in my early days of LL
One of the first things I install after the normal LL updates is hplip
via 'Install/Remove Software' ("synaptic")

I then just use the regular menu > system > printers
Select add, and it "automagically" finds my printer, which is on "WiFi" connected to my router..!!
It then just adds the drivers/config.. (maybe I'm lucky, never had to use hp-setup, it takes about 2 minutes)
It does add in some other HP Fax/Address book stuff,
I just un-tick those in the menu editor to hide them.

Dave

N4RPS:
Hello!

Happy to help.

Yes, HPLIP is in Synaptic (aka 'Install/Remove Software'), but the newest versions are always on the HPLIP website. HPLIP updates fairly frequently.

While I'm thinking about it, it's time for ME to download HPLIP for MY HP printer...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob

CaperAsh:
I ran "  hp-setup run   " and it prompted me to install more hplip components. Went into Synaptic Package Manager and asked for the HP Gui and then ran setup again and then it went through some window prompts, downloaded some more firmware, and the printer works fine. Took less than 10 minutes. Thanks for the help above.

shengchieh:
My personal experience:

When a new peripheral comes out, it takes a few months for the driver to float on the internet unless the manufacturer releases a linux driver (for printers, HP does), and then, a few
more months for the linux driver to be included in distros.  Usually Fedora and Arch are "pioneer" distros - have a the latest drivers.   Debian is usually 1.5 years behind, but extremely
stable.  LL is behind ubuntu (correct, Valium?).

Sheng-Chieh

N4RPS:
Hello!

I'll have to try hp-setup on my next install that needs HP support. I generally download it so that I add the latest version.

It would seem that issues with HP printers come up frequently here. The fix is always the same: install HPLIP.

http://www.hplipopensource.com

IIRC, HPLIP is mentioned in the LL manual. Hopefully, one day, HP will also put HPLIP for Linux on the same CD...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob

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