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Old 04-25-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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Help Please


Hello everyone I am a newbie. I have Ubuntu and I have been unable to get my HP LaserJet 3700dn to work.

I have installed the hplip with no success. My HP DeskJet and Photosmart work okay, except for printing crooked which has nothing to do with Ubuntu.

My biggest concern is the laserjet, it does not print at all. I get messages that my laserjet is busy (it is not) and it is not communicating possibly because it is not connected (it is).

1)I have un-installed and reinstalled with no success.

2)I have Googled everything I can think of to help me with this but found nothing that will work for me.

3)I have tried different USB cables but that didn't work.

4)I have even tried an Ethernet cable but that didn't work.

5)I know my printer is compatible with Linux which is why I downloaded the hplip.

6)I have, gone to System > Administration > Printing and then to global settings > detect LAN printers. I have double clicked on the HP LaserJet 3700, and tried to print a test page. This is when I get the messages. I also get the messages when I am trying to print anything, doesn't matter.

Can anyone help? This printer is vital to my business and I really do not want to reinstall Windows in order to have use of this printer.

I also have an HP LaserJet 1300 which I have not installed yet and I am just praying that one is going to work. But should anyone have advice on that one as well, I would be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for any help anyone may be able to provide.

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:13 AM   #2
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Sorry, I can't help with your problem except guesssing that the device for the printer is not correctly selected,
BUT
Edit this thread (or create a new one if not possible and use a sensible topic, such as
"Printer HP LaserJet 3700dn not working/not connected in Ubuntu".

Normally, threads called "help me" or such will simply be ignored by others, as they want to see if they can help without having to read the thread.

There will be much more answers this way...
 
Old 04-26-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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Have you tried entering in a browser (Firefox):
http://localhost:631
And configuring from there?
 
Old 04-26-2009, 07:37 AM   #4
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If I try to set up a dummy queue in the cups browser tool (above), there are drivers for (color) LaserJet 3700 and 3700n. One of those should work.

Using the cups browser tool, if the printer appears on the menu, then it **should** work. If not, check the HP website for a driver.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Thank you both so much. I went to the localhost:631 and my printer shows up and still does not work but I installed from there and it is still not working. Same old message, may not be connected. I do not know what my problem is but it leaves me no choice except to dual boot with xp and ubuntu. I have to have this printer working and I have been trying for over a month.

Thank you so much for your help.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 01:51 PM   #6
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I'd suggest that you bump up the verbosity level for
logging a notch and look for lines that start with
an 'e' or 'E' once you've done that and restarted CUPS.

It's not possible to help w/o information.

As for the cabling (namely the ethernet) - is the
printer set-up to use a static IP, is it in the same
IP range as your PC, and how are they interfaced? Via
a switch, via a cross-over cable?


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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HP Color LaserJet 3700dn

Each action I write of might help you isolate problem. Or it could be the first you took to isolate problem.

Have you tried booting live ubuntu CD, then connecting printer?
Have you booted the latest Ubuntu 9.04 live CD for a printer test? If live CD gets printing, all your hardware is good and your installed OS is problem.

Have you tried lsUSB in a terminal window?
santa@Leon:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 021: ID 04e8:328e Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 017: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 001 Device 016: ID 03f0:3307 Hewlett-Packard

My printer is Samsung, not the HP USB memory stick listed above. lsUSB should show HP or Hewlett-Packard listed, if USB software, USB port, cable & printer are good.

Have you tried printer & cable on other computer?
Have you used printer buttons to print test page to prove printer can print?

Have you connected printer after computer is running? My new install of Ubu 9 did not find printer for several boots. When cable was connected to running computer, then printer auto install happened.

Does this printer have an Ethernet port? Have you tried Ethernet instead of USB?

Have you been to http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr..._LaserJet_3700
 
Old 04-27-2009, 12:34 PM   #8
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Eric I tried lsUSB in a terminal window and it is funny but the LaserJet is showing but my DeskJet 9800 is not. I can print from the 9800 without problem but I do not see it in the list. My Photosmart 6280 is also in the list and it works without any problem.

christi@christi-desktop:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 03f0:6a11 Hewlett-Packard Photosmart C6200 series
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0d49:7300 Maxtor
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 007 Device 002: ID 045e:00e1 Microsoft Corp. Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 Reciever
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 002: ID 03f0:1212 Hewlett-Packard
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 03f0:0a17 Hewlett-Packard color LaserJet 3700
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 06a3:8020 Saitek PLC
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

I tried the things everyone has suggested and appreciate all of the help. Sadly nothing has worked.

However I am tired after trying for a month so I took the lazy way and partitioned my computer last night so I can dual boot. I haven't dual booted yet but I am getting ready to do that today. I do not want to do this but I can not be without my printer any longer. Hopefully I will be able to use my printer in Ubuntu in the future but for now there just does not seem to be a way.

Thank you all very much for all of your help.

Last edited by cctaber; 04-27-2009 at 02:13 PM.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 02:13 PM   #9
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If you tried all we wrote, did it print test page? Did it print on other computer? Did it print on same computer when booted on live CD?
Each test was to tell you what might be problem, not to cure problem. Without considering why one test would succeed & other test fail, you are not getting closer to fixing problem.
Partitioning computer drive to allow installation of Linux GNU as second OS might be helpful. Installing Windiz in new partition is not helpful but does add opportunity to have malwares & Windiz ruining your Linux partition.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 02:17 PM   #10
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In case it's a driver problem, I've had success in the past (Windows and Linux) using the Apple Laserwriter Plus driver for HP laser printers. It's an old driver, from back in the days when HP Laserjet II/III printers had compatibility cartridges, but it seems to still work for newer printers. I've even seen color printed with the Apple driver.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cctaber View Post
I tried the things everyone has suggested and appreciate all of the help. Sadly nothing has worked.
What do you mean "nothing worked'? I haven't seen any of
the diagnostics output I asked you for, or the information
about your ethernet set-up?



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 04-27-2009, 06:59 PM   #12
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Red face FYI

Not ignoring you guys, will get back to you asap. Okay?

For instance I found a website to download the APPLE LASERWRITER PLUS driver that Slowcoder told me about and I haven't gotten my confirmation email yet. Usually that only takes a little while but I have been waiting about 15 minutes. I think I will look elsewhere or try again to get my confirmation email.

And I have retried the Ethernet to print from my sons' computer w/o success and getting same message, "Printer may not be connected". And I am looking for the IP info that Tinkster asked for etc.

Thank you guys for pushing me. I really do not want to dual boot to Windows. I just got lazy and frustrated.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 11:43 PM   #13
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I'd suggest that you bump up the verbosity level for
logging a notch and look for lines that start with
an 'e' or 'E' once you've done that and restarted CUPS.

It's not possible to help w/o information.

As for the cabling (namely the ethernet) - is the
printer set-up to use a static IP, is it in the same
IP range as your PC, and how are they interfaced? Via
a switch, via a cross-over cable?


Cheers,
Tink


I do not how to set let alone bump up the verbosity level for logging. I do however have a rather lengthy report from my 3700 after troubleshooting from the printer configuration. The report says it has 10 pages and I do not see any 'e' or 'E' in that report. I do not know how to get that report in CUPS but this report talks about CUPS.

This is an Ethernet cable hooked from my printer to a D-Link 5-port 10/100 desktop switch. My son's computer is also hooked to the desktop switch (he is in another room in my house). I went to his computer and added my printers in order to network them and I have failed miserably because I tried printing from my son's computer to the 3700 and the 6280 and it did not work. You get the same message for both printers on his computer, “Printer may not be connected”. I know nothing about networking I thought I could just add my printers to his computer and it would work. Obviously not.

We did not set up a static IP and I do not know if they are interfaced. I do have a Ethernet Interface IP address and a Loopback Interface IP address. As far as my IP address for the server we share the same one because he piggybacks on mine. Does this tell you anything?

If you tried all we wrote, did it print test page? Did it print on other computer? Did it print on same computer when booted on live CD?
Each test was to tell you what might be problem, not to cure problem. Without considering why one test would succeed & other test fail, you are not getting closer to fixing problem.
Partitioning computer drive to allow installation of Linux GNU as second OS might be helpful. Installing Windiz in new partition is not helpful but does add opportunity to have malwares & Windiz ruining your Linux partition.

Eric Elliot


No, the 3700 did not print test page from my computer. Always get same messages, “Printer busy” and/or “Printer may not be connected” (mostly the latter one).

No, the 3700 does not print from other computer but neither does the 6280. Get the same message for both printers. “Printer may not be connected.”

I have never booted on live CD or I just plainly do not know what you mean.

In case it's a driver problem, I've had success in the past (Windows and Linux) using the Apple Laserwriter Plus driver for HP laser printers. It's an old driver, from back in the days when HP Laserjet II/III printers had compatibility cartridges, but it seems to still work for newer printers. I've even seen color printed with the Apple driver.

SlowCoder


Any ideas where I can get this Apple Laserwriter Plus driver? The website I thought I could download it from sent me to HP website and HP sent me to the Linux website to download the hplip. Not helpful since I already did that. I have been to several websites but most want me to download drivers detective and I don't want to download that just the driver.

I did finally get this when I tried the search for like the 3rd time typing it just a bit differently.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/p...laser+printers
Is the HP LaserJet IIp Plus Printer the one I need? Which operating system? OS/2?
 
Old 04-28-2009, 02:58 PM   #14
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The 6280 printer is now printing from my son's computer but the 3700 gave me the message "Device communication error".
 
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In case it's a driver problem, I've had success in the past (Windows and Linux) using the Apple Laserwriter Plus driver for HP laser printers. It's an old driver, from back in the days when HP Laserjet II/III printers had compatibility cartridges, but it seems to still work for newer printers. I've even seen color printed with the Apple driver.
I have been trying to change driver but I keep getting the message, "CUPS server error There was an error during the CUPS operation: 'client-error-not-authorized'.

I can not modify my printers at all because I keep getting this message.
 
  


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