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Old 04-23-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
dwoolsey90
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How do I install a new printer in Puppy 2.14?


Hello to all.
I'm brand new to both Linux and puppy (and this forum).
I love puppy for its speed and its independence from hard disk.
(Something windows couldn't do in a million years).
I have a ton of questions. but my immediate concern is the following:

I have an HP C3180 "all in one" printer that I would like to install
in puppy 2.14. The printer is not listed in the list given by Puppy's
printer wizard. I need someone to step me through the process of installing
the proper drivers.
After doing a drivers search I discovered the Linux drivers for this printer
on the Hewlett-Packard Website. But the driver package is not in the form of
either a dot-pup or a pup-get or a pet package. For the moment, I appear to
be at a dead end. Does anyone know what I should do next?

David W.
 
Old 04-25-2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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Hi dwoolsey90
Getting HP all in one printers working in Puppy can be a bit difficult, especially if you want scanning to work as well.
I think there are a couple of threads regarding this particular printer as well as some others for HP All in ones in general on the official Puppy forum at
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/
I would suggest doing a search for the keywords "c3180", "cups" and "HPLIP"
here http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/search.php
and finally you can do a Google search of the forum from here http://wellminded.com/puppy/pupsearch.html
Hope all this helps
Bill
 
Old 04-26-2007, 07:18 AM   #3
dwoolsey90
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Bill,

Thank you for your reply.

I will certainly look in the areas you suggested. Though it would be nice to have the scanner work with Linux,

it really isn't a big issue. I can always use the scanning functions under XP. The copier is a stand alone

feature and does not require the presence of the computer at all. What I am concerned about is the printer

itself. As near as I can tell, there is no straight forward procedure to import and install printer drivers into linux

puppy and that makes it difficult to use any printer that is not already the list in the printer wizard.

What I am looking for is a step-by-step guide for doing this. Barry Kauler (and others) have created

a wonderful little OS that is fast, portable and (for the most part) very easy for newbies like me. Linux

is very much a hackers OS and that makes it difficult to bring in folks who are not "techies". User transparency

is a must if Microsoft's lock on the home market is ever to be challenged. Puppy linux is a big step in that direction,

but first, the method of setting up basic functions like printers MUST be made -not simply easier, but EASY, and that

at present is not the case. Windows, for all its faults (and they are considerable) has a user interface that is designed

for people who are not "into" computers. So this problem (for puppy linux) still needs to be addressed.



I do appreciate you help, thanks!



(I will post a copy of this reply in the forum)



David Woolsey
 
Old 04-26-2007, 03:37 PM   #4
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David, for the record, thousands of printers work just fine with Linux and can be installed with minimal effort. However, some of the new HP printers, including the C3180, have no Linux or UNIX support from HP. It would be a whole lot easier for everyone if HP would just write a driver for it that works with CUPS (the Common UNIX Printing System) and everyone could use it. Unfortunately, Linux is not HP's target market (I recall reading somewhere that they are actually somewhat "anti-Linux" although I do not know if that is actually true), so if HP is developing a new product and runs out of time, Linux gets the short end of the stick.

PS: For what it's worth, I have yet to run across a printer that I could not make work with Linux eventually, since at least a few of the people in your situation are also capable of writing printer drivers that will reach the rest of us in time. Therefore, keep looking and you should find something.
 
Old 08-24-2009, 01:23 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cogar View Post
PS: For what it's worth, I have yet to run across a printer that I could not make work with Linux eventually, since at least a few of the people in your situation are also capable of writing printer drivers that will reach the rest of us in time. Therefore, keep looking and you should find something.
have you tried any Canon printer with puppy?
i am having difficulties with mine.
n wasn't able to find any solution to have it successfully installed in my laptop.
 
  


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