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Re: cupsys setting for an 882C?

Karsten M. Self wrote:
on Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 09:59:44AM -0500, Robert L. Harris (Robert.L.Harris@rdlg.net) wrote:

I've got cupsys installed on my unstable system.  It configures up
beautifully except I get 1 line of whatever.  If I print /etc/printcap
with lpr I get what almost looks like stair stepping but it's only 1

Check for a "cr after lf" setting.

Does anyone have an 882C configured and working?  Can you tell me what
printer combination you have setup?  "HP Deskjet 882C, foomatic + hpjd"
or whatever is working?  I'd love the 300dpi color but I'll be happy with
300 grayscale, I'd be exstaic with 600dpi color printing.

What cups databases do you have installed?  There are several, and it's
not immediately obvious that some of them are useful.  Among them:


...and posibly others.  Make sure you've got 'em installed.  Then hunt
down your printer.


In addition to what Karsten said, I have some general advice. I don't have your particular printer here, but I have been using CUPS on a HP 960C for about 6 months. I have done a little experimentation to optimize the output and here is what I have found.

1. The "generic" printer drivers that come with cupsomatic or foomatic are OK to get you going, but you can fine-tune the performance IF you have a specific PPD file for your printer. The cupsys-driver-gimpprint drivers was the best of the "generic' lot for me.

2. The http://www.linuxprinting.org/ site is an absolute gold-mine of information! It has specific information on your printer, user's feedback, and the ability to generate a PPD specific for your printer. There is also links to CUPS that give you instructions on how to add your "specific" PPD to your system. It takes a little reading, but the effort & time spent there is worth it, IMHO.

3. From the quick scan of the above site that I just did, your printer should work fine, with the drivers in foomatic + the hpijs + a specific PPD "driver". I found on my printer that this combination produced significantly superior color quality and access to some of the more exotic functions than the "generic" drivers supplied with cupsomatic, foomatic, or cupsys-driver-gimprint. The latter was a close second, though.

I have found CUPS to be amazingly flexible, but you have to work at it and do a bit of experimentation. The Linuxprinting.org site is a good place to start.

-Don Spoon-

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