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Old 02-20-2017, 10:56 PM   #1
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Post R Pi 3b troubleshoot print to HP P1006


I am a noob and trying to figure out how to troubleshoot a printer problem.

I have just assembled a Raspberry Pi 3b with two WD Elements 1tb HDD.

I just performed two projects: https://www.howtogeek.com/169679/how...inux-computer/ and
https://www.howtogeek.com/139433/how...torage-device/

The NAS appears to be working properly. My printing from the pi is poor. I printed from a Windows 10 laptop on the network to my HP-P1006 LaserJet just fine, but when printing from the pi the pages look like the toner cartridge is about empty (and I put a new one in thinking it was about empty). The p1006 is USB plugged into a powered hub that is plugged into the pi. I am running the latest version of CUPS.

Any help on how to sort this out is appreciated.

Tim
 
Old 02-20-2017, 11:30 PM   #2
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The recommended driver for your printer is foo2xqx. I have not verified if it is available for the Pi but have you tried to install the printer-driver-foo2xqx package?
 
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Did you goto the print preview screen before printing to select your print parameters? It might be configured for speed or other less than optimal settings.
 
Old 02-21-2017, 09:53 AM   #4
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michaelk I did install foo2xqx but I received an error when trying to add:

For Debian 3.x, 4.x, and other systems that use CUPS http://localhost:631
$ firefox http://localhost:631

as instructed at http://foo2xqx.rkkda.com/

Can I run the package to install the drivers again? So I can give you the error? If I remember correctly it was something like firefox is a bad command.

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Shadow_7, I looked at the settings for the printer in CUPS and resolution is set at 600x600dpi and MEDIUM print darkness.
 
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The link you included in your first posted configured cups to be accessible from another computer. If accessing the Pi from another desktop then use whatever web browser is included in that distribution. In addition the link was a how-to for adding a Brother printer did cups have the exact your HP printer model?

If running a desktop on the Pi and assuming you are running rasbpian which uses midori as the default web browser if trying to configure cups on the Pi itself.
 
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The link you included in your first posted configured cups to be accessible from another computer. If accessing the Pi from another desktop then use whatever web browser is included in that distribution. In addition the link was a how-to for adding a Brother printer did cups have the exact your HP printer model?

If running a desktop on the Pi and assuming you are running rasbpian which uses midori as the default web browser if trying to configure cups on the Pi itself.
Yes I am running Rasbpian but it is using Chromium as default browser. Other than going to my Win10 laptop to test a print I have done everything else from the pi. After installing foo2xqx drivers I was able to select my exact printer. It had two different selections and I have tried them both.

I appreciate your assistance.

Tim
 
Old 02-21-2017, 11:57 AM   #7
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I should say, I tried these drivers after trying to install HPLIP automatic installer from http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...jet_p1006.html

Could they be conflicting? I ended up with a [Failed] message during boot----"Failed to start Load Kernal Modules" See Systemctl systemd-modules--load-service

I did a Google search and found others had the same problem, so I ended up commenting # out three lines in /etc/modules-load.d/cups-filters.conf .
# Parallel printer driver modules loading for cups
# LOAD_LP_MODULE was 'yes' in /etc/default/cups
lp
ppdev
parport_pc
 
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The drivers that are downloaded using hplip are x86 binaries and will not work on the Pi since it is an ARM device. If the foo2xqx drivers did not work then will have to think some on the next step...
 
Old 02-21-2017, 12:16 PM   #9
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OK, thank you. I knew the Pi is ARM, but I didn't even think about the drivers being different due to architecture. My bad. Do I need to somehow uninstall what hplip installed?
 
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Probably just because of the those error messages.
 
Old 02-21-2017, 02:08 PM   #11
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Probably just because of the those error messages.
I uninstalled HPLIP, or at least so I think I did. LOL.

After some digging I found that this may be a known issue, I had to switch my printing from 600x600 to 1200x600dpi. It works fine now. I think I changed that when I installed the printer, thinking that is extremely high printing resolution for a b/w document printer. Lesson learned.

Thank you for your input michaelk and Shadow_7.

Tim
 
  


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