mueller6722 at twc.com
Sun May 14 23:07:02 UTC 2017
> On Sun, 14 May 2017 08:05:50 +0000, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> > My luck with HP has been bad, enough to dissuade me from buying
> > any more HP products.
> I always suggest to check http://hplipopensource.com/ _before_
> actually buying something.
I believe I did that.
> > I have HP LaserJet Professional M1212nf MFP, and the first
> > several attempts were fruitless, in both NetBSD and FreeBSD.
> Did you use the (most current) CUPS and hplip software?
> The following addition is provided:
> This printer REQUIRES a downloadable driver plug-in,
> which is required to enable print, fax or scan support.
> Use hp-setup to install the printer, and to download
> and install the plug-in. Driver plug-ins are released
> under a proprietary (non-open) license and are not part
> of the HPLIP tarball release.
> Did you pay attention to this nonstandard part?
Sure I saw that. But hp-setup always failed when attempting to download that plug-in.
This is part of the reason, along with poor HP support policy, why I don't want to ever again buy anything from HP.
How would I know before buying another printer if it requires a proprietary binary plug-in?
A few years ago, on visiting HP website, this printer was past end-of-life, and no drivers were available even for MS-Windows.
So I can try, but would be very surprised if that proprietary binary plug-in were even available.
But I think I still have some old stuff for MS-Windows on hard drive.
I looked in /usr/ports/print/hplip-plugin/pkg-plist, and couldn't see anything for my HP model.
But hplipopensource was still alive (and well?).
> > I finally got it to print in NetBSD through cups with a special
> > PPD file, think FreeBSD might also work with the same PPD file.
> Yes, the first P in PPD means "portable". :-)
I think my printing success was due to cups; hplip seemed to play no part.
> Scanning is not a problem once you have installed hplip and SANE.
> Fax... who uses fax anymore? ;-)
Scanning didn't work even with hplip and/or sane.
Now I wonder if, when I get to needing another cartridge, the toner for my printer model will still be available.
If not, I will consider myself blessed because that would mean I can give up on this printer in favor of something better.
Besides FreeBSD, I will also have chances with NetBSD and a future Linux installation.
I tried copying my custom NetBSD 7.99.71 kernels for amd64 to i386 by NFS from the Intel Ivy Bridge computer to my other (Intel Sandy Bridge) computer, and they booted successfully: a great surprise after failing on Intel Ivy Bridge computer.
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