Using an HP Deskjet 3820 Printer
I have never used a printer in Linux before and have decided to see if I can get something working. But, I am having a heck of a time even getting started. Here is where I am and what I am using.
I have an HP DeskJet 3820, with parallel cable, which I am not even absolutely certain is working. I am hoping to attach it to a Gentoo box (P3-Celeron 450MHz, 128Mb RAM) in hopes that it works at all, and if not at least to learn how to do this. I followed the Gentoo printing guide and the information on linuxprinting.org for that printer and made sure that my kernel was set up for parallel port use and then emerged hpijs and cups. I also used the cups http configuration tool and attempted to set things up for using this printer and the parallel port.
However, I cannot tell if anything will function at this stage. When I turn on the printer it shifts about the heads and then settles down with the lights flashing. At that point, though, nothing else ever seems to change or say anything. As there is no ink in the printer I know it won't print, but I cannot even find a way to add an ink cartridge. I have googled myself silly but nothing ever mentions this little detail. I tried printing a test page from the cups configuration tool, just to get a response of some kind telling me it won't work, but it just silently adds the job. Nothing about a lack of ink, no response, nothing at that port, or any such complaint. I then decided to see what would happen if I set up cups with a nonexistent usb port and I got exactly the same response, or lack of it.
So, I am wondering how this works? Is there any kind of control program to allow installation of ink? Is there anyway to find out if the printer is receiving any signals at all? Is there any way to get feedback concerning the communication with the printer at all? Where exactly do I go from here?
Many thanks in advance,