Originally posted by whipermr5
I use redhat linux 9, and it has a very simple config tool for setting up printers. I think you must configure the printer using a config tool first.
Now I use Slackware so basically anything that applies to red hat is not necessarily guaranteed to apply for Slackware. Sure I may need a configuration tool but which one? First thing I need to know is whether to use CUPS or LPRng or something else. Then I can go about trying to figure out how to configure it.
I have a hpdeskjet 920c, very similar to your's. It is also connected via USB. And you need all the drivers, too. rh9 automatically installs al hp print drivers by default. Try googling for "hp printer drivers" and "GUI printer config tool".
As far as the driver goes I need to know whether there's something already available on Slack before I try to install something twice. Assuming I find that I have no printer drivers installed this looks promising:
So maybe some more specific questions would help here:
Q: From the shell is there any way to tell if I have printer drivers already installed and what they are?
Q: From the shell is there any way to tell what my computer knows about the printer attached to it through usb?
Q: What is easiest to get a usb printer up and running CUPS or LPRng? (remember I don't want to network it)
I tried "dmesg" here's the relevant info...First it seems to try a bunch of drivers and fails a lot but then comes to what we have here:
usb.c: registered new driver usblp
printer.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev2 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x03F0 pid 0x1604
printer.c: v0.13 USB Printer Device Class driver