[sf-lug] Has anyone configured a HP LJ P1006 to Ubuntu 9.04 or 6.06?

Akkana Peck akkana at shallowsky.com
Sun Mar 14 12:07:34 PDT 2010

Chris Mason writes:
> 1- I was frustrated for hours because the "print test page" from
> within the GUI wasn't working. Turns out, everything printed fine
> _except_ the test page. I wish I would have tried just printing from
> OO.o earlier.

I had the same problem, with a different HP printer.
Strange that the CUPS test page is so flaky.

> 2- I frequently find myself plugging in, unplugging, turning on,
> turning off, etc, the printer. The magic command that seems an

I've had to remove and re-add the printer in CUPS many times.
It chooses various different USB devices and sometimes up with
different names for the printer depending on which USB device
you pick. And, of course, which driver you pick -- CUPS typically
has about 6 different drivers for a given printer, but there's
not much difference among them for normal printing.

With my printer, if you're running Ubuntu's Gnome desktop and
you do everything in the right order (make sure you're in groups
lp and lpadmin, start with no printer, plug in the printer, turn it
on, then wait patiently until dialogs appear saying the printer has
been configured -- don't interrupt the sequence or it can get
confused) it "just works". If you're not running Gnome or you do
anything out of sequence or interrupt the process, expect to do
some fiddling.

If you're picky about printing, you may have to do a lot more
fiddling. When I first configured my printer I was able to do
borderless printing, but somewhere along the line that stopped
working, and I've spent hours trying unsuccessfully to get it back.
It's something in the CUPS setup somewhere, but I can't find it.
The CUPS configuration process is ridiculously complex and brittle
(and it's not HP's fault -- I've had similar problems with Epsons).


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