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Old 10-28-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Frustrated w/HP printer install

OK, I have downloaded and run + auto install hplip 3.11.10
I only get so far before I run into a wall :-(

When I get to: Printer Setup section, I get msg that I am not in lpadmin group, so I run the sudo usermod command that I found. Then it says restart cups, so I find the command to do that. Below shows all the messages that I get in each stage....then I hit the wall and cannot figure out what to do.

If you are installing a USB connected printer, and the printer was plugged in when you
started this installer, you will need to either restart your PC or unplug and re-plug in
your printer (USB cable only). If you choose to restart, run this command after restarting:
hp-setup (Note: If you are using a parallel connection, you will have to restart your PC. If
you are using network/wireless, you can ignore and continue).

Restart or re-plug in your printer (r=restart, p=re-plug in*, i=ignore/continue, q=quit) : p
Please unplug and re-plugin your printer now. Press <enter> to continue or 'q' to quit:

Please make sure your printer is connected and powered on at this time.
vicki@LAPTOP:~/Desktop$ sudo usermod -aG vicki
[sudo] password for vicki:
Usage: usermod [options] LOGIN

-c, --comment COMMENT new value of the GECOS field
-d, --home HOME_DIR new home directory for the user account
-e, --expiredate EXPIRE_DATE set account expiration date to EXPIRE_DATE
-f, --inactive INACTIVE set password inactive after expiration
-g, --gid GROUP force use GROUP as new primary group
-G, --groups GROUPS new list of supplementary GROUPS
-a, --append append the user to the supplemental GROUPS
mentioned by the -G option without removing
him/her from other groups
-h, --help display this help message and exit
-l, --login NEW_LOGIN new value of the login name
-L, --lock lock the user account
-m, --move-home move contents of the home directory to the
new location (use only with -d)
-o, --non-unique allow using duplicate (non-unique) UID
-p, --password PASSWORD use encrypted password for the new password
-s, --shell SHELL new login shell for the user account
-u, --uid UID new UID for the user account
-U, --unlock unlock the user account
-Z, --selinux-user new SELinux user mapping for the user account

vicki@LAPTOP:~/Desktop$ sudo /etc/init.d/cups restart
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service cups restart

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the stop(8) and then start(8) utilities,
e.g. stop cups ; start cups. The restart(8) utility is also available.
start: Job failed to start

After all this I am stuck. My HP Officejet J4680 was installed and working last night. Today it is gone.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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Try running HPLIP as root:

sudo hp-toolbox
If the GUI (hp-toolbox) isn't installed, you can find it in the Ubuntu Software Center/Synaptic Package Manager (I prefer Synaptic--less fluff).


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