Re: Cannot get anything to print from GUI apps in Sarge
Roger Leigh wrote:
Make sure that you have the CUPS client tools, cupsys-client and
Try pointing your web browser at http://localhost:631/ and checking
the printer. You should be able to print a test page. If not, then
modify the existing printer, or create a new queue using the web
interface; you should see a number of LaserJet models. You can just
choose the nearest, or if you install the HP PPD for the printer (on
your install CD, or download it) by copying it to
/usr/share/cups/model, that will appear in the list of available
printer once you reload/restart cups. Once this is done, you should
be able to print a test page.
Let us know how you get on!
Everything is now working remarkably well. It appears that the problem
that I was having is hardware-related.. the printer randomly not able to
pick up the paper from tray 2. My guess is that the rollers may need
adjusting or something because after I replaced the hi-grade paper that
I had in tray 2 with some cheaper/lighter all-purpose paper the problem
does not appear to occur any more. Would make sense since before I had
access to the additional functionalities provided by the HP ppd I was
only able to print from tray 2 - the default. So if anything in the
hardware is beginning to fail it would probably be related to tray 2
rather than tray 3 because I never used the latter... When I see the
crappy printers HP make these days I think it's worth my taking some
time off and getting to the bottom of this problem if/when it happens
I am rather amazed by the capabilities provided by cups with this
particular printer once you install the manufacturer's ppd. I do not
need banners.. watermarks.. etc.. but being able to switch trays with
two different paper qualities is definitely very useful.. and printing 4
pages per sheet w/o performing unnecessary acrobatics is not bad either..
It's rather a pity that the cups doc does not include a quick setup
manual covering common configurations. I'm sure all the answers are in
the cups documentation but most new users only want to be up and running
in minimal time - and I didn't find that the official cups doc was much
help in this respect.
ok.. time to quit bitching..
Again, thank you very much for your help.