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Old 08-23-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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CUPS print failure Office Jet 8500 Slackware 14RC2 32bit


I tried to setup my Office Jet 8500 910A using CUPS, but every page I printed resulted in "Unable to open initial device, quitting" at the top of the page.

This worked perfectly in 13.37 using the default "hpijs" driver, but 14 doesn't like it.

I believe the problem has something to do with ghostscript, but I'm not knowledgeable in that area.

Printing works fine if I configure the printer via hp-setup, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the problem with CUPS?
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Maybe you selected the wrong driver using the cups interface? I always use hp-setup because it is designed to identify and select the correct driver for your printer.

Now, all that said, I am using a rebuilt hplip from 13.37. Scanning quit working for me when hplip was upgraded.
Old 08-23-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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Possibly. I thought I used the same driver that I used with 13.37, though, and that worked fine.

In any case, I prefer the features of hp-setup, so it's not a major problem.


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