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Old 01-01-2004, 09:50 AM   #1
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usb printer configured test prints but nothing else works


SuSE 9.0
usb HP deskjet 845c program found and installed it
Yast configured to CUPS [I had to do this twice but it was my ignorance or attempt to get something to happen and not the installation's problem]
if I type
echo -en "\rHello\r\f" >dev/usb/lp0
I get hello printed out on a page
but no applications print out at all

So what should I look at next?
Thank you
 
Old 01-01-2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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If you have Gimp installed then you can enter that and open a picture, right-click on the printer and select File-->Print. This will bring up a dialog box to print, at the top you will see a printer name, if this is what you named your printer then try printing, if your printers name is not in there then select "New Printer" and setup your printer in Gimp.

After doing this it allowed me to print in all applications with no problems. One other thing you can try is after you hit print to print something and the printer does nothing then turn the printer off by the on-off switch (not by unplugging it or disconnecting it) and wait 10-15 seconds and turn the printer back on to see if it is printing.

Make sure you check over at www.linuxprinting.org to see if there are any strange things you need to know about your printer also.

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Old 01-02-2004, 09:06 PM   #3
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rberrry- [and whomever else may come across this]
Thanks for the thing to try- It didn't work for me but perhaps it didn't work because of this;;;;;
When I open a spreadsheet via openoffice I get this message-----
Warning; The utility "/usr/sbin/lpc" is missing
Please, check the printing system
Starting /opt/OpenOffice.org/program/scalc...
sh: line 1: /usr/sbin/lpc: No such file or directory
sh: line 1: lpc: command not found
sh: line 1: lpstat: command not found

I have no idea where to go from here as I think this has to do with the fact that whatever cups is doing it isn't doing lp stuff. But I'm pretty lost here and hope someone can help more.
I went to www.linuxprinting.org and looked around but didn't kow where to expactly look to find answers to these problems as formulating the question[s] seem to be the problem
Thanks again I hope someone can aid me further.
j
 
Old 01-03-2004, 11:54 AM   #4
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At linuxprinting.org you can go to the printer database and select the printer you have and it will give you instructions on how to set it up, troubleshoot, where to find drivers etc.

What happens when you go to http://127.0.0.1:631/admin , do you see your printer there and does it say it is "ready - accepting jobs"??

What kernel are you using?? This might have a bearing on what is happening also.

rberry88

Last edited by rberry88; 01-05-2004 at 07:41 AM.
 
Old 01-03-2004, 12:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for taking more time with this
I don't know where you got the www.##### from but when I click on the link my linux machine claims there's no 'there' there. So give me more info about that so I can better direct it- If, it's the registration link to my computer from this site then it's probably the number for my win98 machine and not the linux machine [instead of dual booting I have two machines [long story].
I can't find the info on the kernel- there's probably a simple command tin the terminal that would give me this but I can't find/remember it.
But it's the default 'new' with Suse 9.0 so it will run/use GNOME 2.x
I'll check the printing site again
thanks
j
 
Old 01-03-2004, 02:57 PM   #6
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I have the same prob. Going to http://localhost:631 I can access the cups interface but the printer is reported as disconnected!! (mdk 9.1 hp656c) message already posted.
 
Old 01-04-2004, 10:54 AM   #7
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Well here's what I did
I checked to see if I had the right driver
1st check said no 2nd check I found it
Between the first and 2nd check I did a download of the proper driver from linuxprinting but I did not install it
So I don't understand how it changed but it did or I looked in a different place.
Still no printing
Then I went back and reconfigured the printer and for whatever reason this time I had to do a complete cups reinstall [this is 3rd or 4th time and each time the config program said it was complete]
That still didn't produce a test sheet but when I went in a changed the default printing settings suddenly everything works.
So I hope his helps 'man' and thanks for the advice rberry
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