Are you using CUPS? If so, and if that printer is your default, have you set it as the default printer in CUPS? You should be able to open a terminal and enter
echo "Hello, world" | lp
, a page pops out.
If the printer is named (and it should be); i.e., you've called it, say, "laserjet" or "LJ5M" or something in the CUPS
setup, defining it as the default will make it available system-wide without referring to it by name. It will also be available by the name you gave it if there are more than one printer available on your system but you would print to it with the -d printname
option of lp
. You set up or manage CUPS
by opening a browser and going to http://localhost:631
Another option is HPLIP
(which ought to be on your system by default, if not, install it). That's where you would set up any number of printers, plotters or whatnot and have drop-down menus for choosing which device you want a job printed on. HPLIP
is Hewlett-Packard's handy-dandy utility for setting up a printer from scratch (it will create entries for you in CUPS
Hope this helps some.