Can I use an HP printer
chris at monochrome.org
Tue Feb 6 04:14:19 UTC 2007
On Tue, 6 Feb 2007, Bob wrote:
> I recently purchased a Hewlett Packard Color LaserJet 2600n printer.
> It works perfectly under Windows XP but I cannot get it to work under
> FreeBSD 6.2.
> I have set it up as a network printer on a LAN and it has it's own
> permanent IP. I can ping the IP but that is all I can do.
I have been using HP printers under FreeBSD for years now. Since your
printer has an IP, I presume it has a JetDirect card.
> Can this printer actually be made to work or am I wasting my (and
> your) time even trying?
You may need to set up some things in /etc/printcap. Here is the
relevant portion of mine:
# HP color laser
lp|snow|snowball|lj|ps|HP ColorLaserJet 4550N:\
I'm using lpr, so I had to enable that in /etc/rc.conf. I also had to
manually create the directory /var/spool/output/lpd. The snowball part
is a hostname for the printer, which you can set up in /etc/hosts or a
split DNS. (My printers are named after Devo songs.)
Chris Hill chris at monochrome.org
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