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I now realize that there will be a learning curve for Ubuntu. I downloaded a printer to my desktop and don't even have a clue how to install it. If I can get the printer working, at least then I can print out instructions.
Can you describe what you mean by "I downloaded a printer to my desktop?"
First I went to the HP site looking for a driver. They had a link to a third party driver that was for Linux. I downloaded to my Ubuntu desktop. I do not know what to do next. In Windows, I find the file, click on it, then install. This is new to me.\
Ubuntu should have everything you need installed by default.
Open a browser and enter "localhost:631" to get the cups configuration page. First, see if your printer is already there. If not, go thru the steps to add it. the first step has a drop-down menu--if you scroll down this, you should find your printer hardware already detected. Then, continue to install the driver. If the driver is not already there, then there is an option to specify the one you downloaded.
Tried several times to install my HP Laserjet 1020 printer in Ubuntu 9.02. For the first few attempts it detected the printer. I ran the print test, and nothing happened. I also tried to print something, and still no printing. Now when I try to get Ubuntu to detect the printer, I get a different screen that can be seen in the attached image.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.