help wanted configuring HPLIP

Predrag Punosevac punosevac at
Fri Dec 7 10:47:17 PST 2007

Robert Huff wrote:
> 	I've got it installed, see the post-install configuration
> message, and have questions about how it will interact with existing
> printers.
> 				Robert Huff
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For generic informatin

Make sure you start HPLIP daemons before the CUPS daemon.  Make  sure  
you understand  the part of the article about the kernel!
ulpt driver must be out of kernel!!! Make sure you add printers using 
http://localhost:631 before you go to HP management program.

Finally, parallel printers are not supported by HPLIP no matter what 
they say. They are only supported if you could attach them directly to 
the local network on the very specific way. Also there is  whole class 
of HP printers that  not supported as they use  very unusual protocol
to communicate with the printer server

Qoute from HPLIP website.

Question: Are drivers available for the Deskjet 710C, 712C, 720C, 722C, 
820Cse, 820Cxi, 1000Cse, 1000Cxi; or LaserJet 1000, 1005, 1020, 3100; or 
Color LaserJet 1500, 2600 printers?

Answer: These are non-standard host based printers. Currently there are 
no plans to support these printers in HPLIP. Ghostscript print filters 
for the Deskjet products can be found at the pnm2ppa project.

These printers are supported with driver 
and I personally would not waist
my time with them.

If you are managing printers in your company the best decision that you 
could make is to have only printers that can speak postscript language 
and not worry about drivers to begin with.

HPLIP is the great thing if you want to get full functionality from you 
ALL-IN-ONE devices (including scanning) and things like toner option.

Printers however on your network will still be managed by CUPS spooling 
system. I believe that HPLIP cannot work with other spooling systems 
that you might like better than CUPS so that could be also another 
reason always to use printers that can speak postscript language.


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