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thund3rstruck 05-18-2012 08:38 AM

Slackware, CUPS, and HP Printing
 
Well Slackware and Gentoo are the only two Linux distributions that HP has not made drivers available for my network printer.

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...pro_l7600.html

Anyone have any ideas? I have to be able to use my printer.

the3dfxdude 05-18-2012 08:45 AM

Are you basing the level of support on what that webpage says, or have you actually tested it?

thund3rstruck 05-18-2012 08:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the3dfxdude (Post 4681795)
Are you basing the level of support on what that webpage says, or have you actually tested it?

I have tried setting it up as IPP, HTTP, and Samba in CUPS and none of those were able to print the test page.

If I open up HP Device Manager and use auto discover the printer is found, but just like the HP Support page indicates I can only read the printer status, I cannot print or scan or do anything with the printer.

I've got to get this resolved or I'm back in the distro search again.

sysfce2 05-19-2012 11:11 AM

Have you tried this?

ChrisAbela 05-19-2012 01:09 PM

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thund3rstruck 05-19-2012 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sysfce2 (Post 4682698)
Have you tried this?

I haven't tried that yet but I certainly will and I'll report back. Thanks!

kabamaru 05-20-2012 03:42 PM

What if you configure your printer to use a static ip and then manually enter this IP in HP Device Manager when you add the printer? I have an Officejet Pro 8500 connected to my router's ethernet and if I don't do this, my printer doesn't show up at all in HP Device Manager.

thund3rstruck 05-20-2012 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabamaru (Post 4683422)
What if you configure your printer to use a static ip and then manually enter this IP in HP Device Manager when you add the printer? I have an Officejet Pro 8500 connected to my router's ethernet and if I don't do this, my printer doesn't show up at all in HP Device Manager.

I'll try this tomorrow at work! HP device manager recognizes the printer and I can look at all its stats but when I try to select the printer to continue the wizard, then the programs throws a connection error.

rinias 05-22-2012 09:45 AM

Did you resolve this?

Sometimes hplip can be a touch temperamental, but I've always found it to work. I always set up a Photosmart all-in-one via wireless with it, and it always works.

It would be a good idea to set a static ip for the printer.

tronayne 05-23-2012 08:35 AM

I would do these things: if the printer is a network printer; i.e., it's connected via Ethernet, set a fixed IP address in your printer (say, 192.168.1.10 or something similar depending upon the IP address of your router or switch); get the current stable HPLIP software from HP (at http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/h...-3.12.4.tar.gz). While you're about it, think up a name (short and sweet) for the printer and add an entry for it in /etc/hosts; something like
Code:

192.168.1.15                InkJet
On your Slackware DVD/CD-ROM, copy the source/ap/hplip directory somewhere (say, /usr/local/hplip), cd /usr/local/hplip and remove the hplip*.tar.gz file that's there (it's the older version). Copy the hplip-3.12.4.tar.gz file you downloaded in that directory. Then
Code:

su -
hplip.SlackBuild
<wait a while>
upgradepkg /tmp/hplip*.t?z

That gives you the current HPLIP to work with.

Log out and log back in as root and startx. Then
Code:

hp-setup
That'll do 'er -- be sure to use the fixed IP address and name you made up (those get recorded in CUPS by hp-setup). You can read through http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web.../hp_setup.html (although some of it is not too relevant, it's a good guide).

Hope this helps some.

thund3rstruck 05-23-2012 08:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rinias (Post 4684811)
Did you resolve this?

Sometimes hplip can be a touch temperamental, but I've always found it to work. I always set up a Photosmart all-in-one via wireless with it, and it always works.

It would be a good idea to set a static ip for the printer.

You guys really are fantastic, has anyone told you that lately?

Big thanks to @rinias and @kabamaru. To my utter astonishment, setting the printer to a static IP address somehow magically fixed the connection error I was getting when I tried to print. Don't I feel stupid, I lost almost 2 full days trying to get this thing to print and all I needed was a static IP! Wow...


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