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Old 12-17-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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I can't find the driver for my printer


I cannot find the driver for my HP Designjet Z3200 . Do you know where I can look for most of the linux drivers?

Thanks
 
Old 12-17-2010, 08:33 PM   #2
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I could not find Designjet Z3200 a Linux Printing, though lots of other Designjets were listed.

You might try downloading HPLIP. HPLIP might be able to find it. I know that HPLIP is in the Ubuntu and Debian repos.

The primary HPLIP website is down for maintenance right now.
 
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I could not find Designjet Z3200 a Linux Printing, though lots of other Designjets were listed.

You might try downloading HPLIP. HPLIP might be able to find it. I know that HPLIP is in the Ubuntu and Debian repos.

The primary HPLIP website is down for maintenance right now.
Thank you for a quick respond. My system is Suse 11.3 .
I hope someone out there will have the driver for that device handy.


Thank you
 
Old 03-30-2014, 07:59 AM   #4
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I cannot find the driver for my HP Designjet Z3200 . Do you know where I can look for most of the linux drivers?

Thanks
Searching for Z3200 support under Linux I came across this old thread.
Did you find a solution?
 
Old 03-30-2014, 11:54 AM   #5
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Isn't that a PostScript printer? In that case, you don't need a driver: just set CUPS to use PostScript.
 
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Yes, it does PS 3. But how to select paper source, paper type, etc?
 
Old 03-31-2014, 08:03 AM   #7
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hplip is the driver for HP printers. It may not list every model, but similarly named printer drivers seem to work for many. It used to be two drivers one for laser printers and one for ink one hpoj and something else, hpinkjet? You may also need to install other packages to make it work right like gs or pnm2ppa.
 
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http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...jet_z3200.html

For postscript printers you might take a look at a2ps and the options you can pass it. Ghostview and gimp can be used to view the ps file before sending it to a printer.
 
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hpoj and hpijs it seems were the old names. There's a few ppd files for postscript, some of them hp specific. But you'll probably be looking for something named postscript or generic postscript printer in cups.

In debian the packages printer-driver-hpcups and printer-driver-postscript-hp might be of use. In the old days you would use lp or lpr to send the postscript file to the printer. Perhaps even piping the file to the /dev/ for the pinter worked in those days. It was the goto standard as postscript printers just worked. Everything else actually needed a printer specific driver. In more recent days the cups-bsd package offers the lp / lpr command line functionality. Or just use cups with generic drivers. Sometimes it's simpler on the command line IMO.
 
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Yes, it does PS 3. But how to select paper source, paper type, etc?
Can you not create different drivers in CUPS, each using PostScript, but with different options?
 
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http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...jet_z3200.html

For postscript printers you might take a look at a2ps and the options you can pass it. Ghostview and gimp can be used to view the ps file before sending it to a printer.
I know about hplip, but the Z3200 is listed as not supported. I found none of the 12-ink DesignJets in the list of supported printers. This makes me think that they can't be used with Linux.
 
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Can you not create different drivers in CUPS, each using PostScript, but with different options?
That could be a good solution. But before investing in a new printer I would like to be sure it all works. My DesignJet 130 died and I am looking for a replacement.
 
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I know about hplip, but the Z3200 is listed as not supported. I found none of the 12-ink DesignJets in the list of supported printers. This makes me think that they can't be used with Linux.
If they use PostScript, then they don't really need hplip. Any PostScript printer should work because Linux software generates PostScript files by default: foomatic + ghostscript + a ppd file are simply to translate the PostScript file into a bitmap.
 
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Postscript is the driver for lack of a simpler explanation. It's technically a file format. But the printer supports postscript. It's an old standard, and only AFTER printers stopped supporting postscript did we need printer specific drivers. Before postscript printers shipped with technical manuals with all the details needed to write a driver for that printer.
 
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PostScript is not a file format: it's a programming language. Printers have not stopped supporting it: high-end laser printers still come with a PS interpreter as firmware.
 
  


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