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Do you get any errors? Have you looked at http://localhost/:631 and what happens when you try to set up the printer using the Gnome system admin tools? Post up error messages/screen shots so we can see what's happening.
[QUOTE=chrism01;3597768]I've got an HP1020 on my system.
Just do the following and you'll be fine. http://foo2zjs.rkkda.com/
I'd start by trying to remove any and all refs to that printer first though.[/QUOT
You should have an item in your menus somewhere (probably under Admin or similar) that allows you to manage your printers. Go in there and remove any mention of the printer. If that's your only printer, remove any mention of any/all printers.
Alternately, as mentioned by XavierP, bring up your web browser and put http://localhost/:631 into the address bar. That should give you a web style interface to achieve the same thing. The actual printer service is known as 'cups'.
If the printer is a USB printer, turn it off and turn it on again. On some distros an automatic setup of the printer gets triggered. I did it and this was a solution that worked for me with exactly the same problem you guys are discussing above. I have Lubuntu 12.10
@pp32: the OP was using Ubuntu v9 and it was 2009(!) ie 4 yrs ago... I doubt he's still awaiting a response.
Note also that techniques can change over the years; if anyone has a problem with that printer now, I'd recommend starting a new thread, as they're extremely unlikely to be using a distro that old.
USB, automatic: $ hp-setup -i --auto 001:002
Parallel, $ hp-setup -i -a -x /dev/parport0
Parallel, choose $ hp-setup -i -b par
1. If no serial number, USB ID, IP, or device node is specified, the USB and parallel busses will be probed for devices.
2. Using 'lsusb' to obtain USB IDs: (example)
Bus 003 Device 011: ID 03f0:c202 Hewlett-Packard
$ hp-setup --auto 003:011
(Note: You may have to run 'lsusb' from /sbin or another location. Use '$ locate lsusb' to determine this.)
3. Parameters -a, -f, -p, or -t are not valid in GUI (-u) mode.
error: option --qt3 not recognized
At this point just turn the printer off and back on. It should work. It worked for me with Lubuntu 12.10. And I followed till here exactly the procedure XavierP suggested to daniell in 2009. I got the same response from the terminal when I typed the commands like Daniell did. But since the dialog between them didnt deliver any solution to the initial printing problem, I decided to contribute to the community and write down my experience. If it worked for me with Lubuntu 12.10, there is a big chance that it will work also for other younger distros of Ubuntu and Lubuntu between v9 and v12.
I see that this is an old post, but it has not been marked SOLVED. I had exactly the same problem trying to install an HP Deskjet f300. When I originally installed it, it was recognized as a 9400, and installed the wrong driver. While reading through this post, I went into Administration/Printers/clicked on the printer icon. In the Printer Properties box I selected "change" for make and model. This prompted a search for the correct driver. Once it was installed, now my printer works! Maybe this will help someone.