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Open the CUPS interface (http://localhost:631) in a browser, clear the printer queue, then send a test page to the printer and report back what happens.
It would probably be helpful to know the model of the printer and the version of Bunsen you are running. I don't know that that information would have any bearing on this, but it can't hurt to provide basic information such as that.
I also have a HP DeskJet. When I install it in CUPS, I typically have to choose among several drivers, and not all of them work. (I usually pick one or two wrong ones first)
The symptom in these cases is similar to yours - the printer simply refuses to print.
Bottom line: If there are several drivers to choose from, try them all.
I have got my printer back up running. This is what I did: I uninstalled (purged) CUPS and HPLIP from synaptic. Then I erased /etc/cups. But then I no longer could install cups again (for some reason). That freaked me out thinking that I had done some enormous blunder (I deleted instead of renaming the directory). I asked the Bunsen Labs forum for specific advice on the issue: