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Old 02-22-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Printing Problem - Cups, Foomatic and HP LaserJet

I am using a ThinkPad T20 laptop with Debian Sarge installed. In regards to printing, I have so far been able to get network printers to work by using the RAW option in CUPS when setting them up.

However, now we have an HP Color LaserJet 2600n and I cannot get it to work at all.

I have done some research and there is a foomatic driver available for it from

The packages I have installed are foomatic-bin, foomatic-db, foomatic-db-engine, foomatic-db-gimp-print,
foomatic-db-hpijs, foomatic-filters, foomatic-filters-ppds and foomatic-gui.

When I use the CUPS web interface (http://localhost:631) to add the printer the driver shows up and I select it. When I print a test page from CUPS it just says "Connected to host, sending print job..." and that's it. The printer is not receiving any information, or at least the lights on it don't flash like it should when it receives a job.

If anyone has got this printer working with Debian and CUPS I would really appreciate it if you could tell me how you did it, because as far as I can tell I've done everything I should to make it work. My Gentoo and Fedora using colleagues are printing just fine :-(

Old 02-22-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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Check the log files on the print server. You probably have something misconfigured on that side. Like a permissions problem or maybe you need gs-esp installed
Old 02-22-2006, 11:52 PM   #3
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I had the same problem with HP PSC 1315 MFD device.

Check out this thread and see if it helps you:

In particular note this point:
Keep the device switched off after installing the hpijs driver while adding the printer device using CUPS (Type http://localhost:631 in your browser for CUPS setup). Please select the printer device as (in case you are using a local USB printer) USB Printer #1 in the CUPS printer setup. Make sure that the device URI is usb:/dev/usb/lp0.
Note the device URI in highlighted in blue.

The driver is different, but I think the issue is the same as the one I had...

Last edited by vharishankar; 02-22-2006 at 11:56 PM.
Old 02-23-2006, 10:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, but the problem remains. The printer is a network printer and I know I have the correct ip because other Linuxes can print to it. If other Linuxes can print to it, then I don't think it is a permissions problem on the print server side.

The URI I am using is "socket://". Other folks are using this URI successfully.



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