Newbie USB Printer Problem

Alex Kelly alexkelly at
Sun Nov 9 04:35:40 PST 2003

Hi, Warren, thanks for writing.

I did both of those of the suggestions, but still nothing. :(

I tried CUPS also. After installation and configuration of CUPS, cupsd ran
fine. But, when it attempted to print anything, the print attempts were
listed as "cancelled" in the list of web-based print jobs (I did it through
konqueror at localhost:631).

I'm going to keep trying. :)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Warren Block" <wblock at>
To: "Alex Kelly" <alexkelly at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 11:02 PM
Subject: Re: Newbie USB Printer Problem

> On Sat, 8 Nov 2003, Alex Kelly wrote:
> > I cannot get my HP Deskjet 3420 printer to work. I've read all the prior
> > for USB printers, checked the handbook and the complete freebsd book.
> > doing so, I've come up with this...
> >
> > I edited printcap in /etc to look like this:
> > lp|ps|local hp deskjet 3420:\
> >
> > :if=/usr/local/libexec/magicfilter/deskjet-filter:
> Did you create the /var/spool/output/lpd directory?  Actually, you
> should probably create one with the same name as the printer, since lpd
> doesn't want to share directories between multiple printers.
> > I issued this command to test the printer:
> > lptest > /dev/ulpt0
> >
> > The printer did nothing.
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> That's a separate issue, since 'lptest > /dev/ulpt0' doesn't go anywhere
> near lpd.  Some HP printers will flash an LED when they are receiving
> data, so you could look for that.  Or it might be that the printer won't
> print anything until it gets a form feed, so you could send it one
> afterwards:
> perl -e 'print chr(12)' > /dev/ulpt0
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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