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Old 03-31-2005, 01:01 AM   #1
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Setting up HP printer with CUPS

I have HP DeskJet 5550 hooked up to an old box running gentoo and I want to be able to print from that box and share the printer.

Right now I have hpijs installed, cups, the right ppd file, enscript, etc. I added and configured the printer using the web interface, but the printer won't print. It appears to me that everything is set up correctly, however every time I try to print a test page from the cups web interface the printer doesn't respond.

I'm using a serial cable to go to the printer right now (although I could buy a usb.) The box it's hooked to also has 2 9-ports in addition to the parallel port, so that might screw up the port number. For port numbers I've tried /dev/ttyS0,1,2 and /dev/lp0. With ttyS2 and lp0 I get a port error, and the external modem should be connected to ttyS0.

What the hell am I forgetting?
Old 03-31-2005, 04:34 AM   #2
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I am not so clear on your printer setup. Did you set the printer up on the Gentoo box using the web interface? or from the other machine (assuming it is Debian)?

Maybe you should post your cups.conf as well.

Old 03-31-2005, 06:57 PM   #3
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I'm printing from the gentoo box, which will share the printer with my mepis and debian computers. I am configuring CUPS through the web interface (http://localhost:631/admin).

Update: Turns out I didn't have serial cable support built into my kernel (oops.) That's all fixed, but I think the problem lies in not being able to select the correct port. Serial #1 and #2 are available, but I think those should be my two 9-pins. I'm going to try editing the printers.conf file directly to see if that helps.

I haven't made any changes to cupsd.conf, but if you want to look at it I can post it. Here is printers.conf:

# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.1.21rc1
# Written by cupsd on Mon Mar 28 13:13:20 2005
<DefaultPrinter HP5550>
DeviceURI serial:/dev/ttyS1?baud=1200+bits=8+parity=none+flow=none
State Idle
Accepting Yes
JobSheets none none
QuotaPeriod 0
PageLimit 0
KLimit 0

Last edited by tuxedo-notebook; 03-31-2005 at 07:02 PM.
Old 03-31-2005, 08:12 PM   #4
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Nevermind, I forgot a few things while compiling parallel printing support into the kernel. Works great now. Thanks anyway.


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