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Install HP Printers in 4.2.1
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DaveS


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PostPosted: Tue 15 Sep 2009, 04:02    Post subject:  Install HP Printers in 4.2.1
Subject description: HPliplite
 

(4.3, also)

Puppy 4.2.1 contains a lot of printer drivers as standard, but you may find you have a Hewlett-Packard that is not included, such as the Photosmart C4380. This is how to get a driver for this, and many other HP printers.

First we need to install the driver and support system, HPLIPLITE. These were created by lluamco, and seem to work flawlessly (thanks lluamco). There are two packages, hpliplite-3.9.8-mu-p4, and libnetsnmp-15-mu-p4


Both can be found on this page

ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/pet_packages-4/

Installing them is no big deal, just find them and click on them, and let Puppy do its thing. Dont worry if you get dependency errors, ignore them.

Once they are installed, you need to set up your printer. Plug your printer in to the PC if you have not already done that.
Go to menu>setup>CUPS printer wizard.
You will get a pop-up asking if you want to add a printer. Oddly, select 'no'
The CUPS interface will load. Select 'Administration', and on that page 'find new printers'. After a few seconds, your printer should be listed on the page. Follow the on-screen prompts, and you should have no problems installing your printer. The driver should appear in the list for HP.
You can configure your printer via the CUPS interface. Check the specified paper size, either Letter or A4 depending on where you are in the world.

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Sep 2009, 04:25    Post subject:  

Reclaim Some Disk Space

This is quite a big install, approx 10MB. You can re-claim some disk space by removing the drivers that dont relate to your printer. The drivers are all installed in /usr/share/ppd/HP and are listed by printer name. If you want, you can delete them all except those relating to your printer, but this means you may not have drivers if you change your printer at some point unless you re-install the packages.

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Sep 2009, 04:49    Post subject:  

Alternative Install Via Package Manager (Totally Optional)(Not 4.3)

If you want to install via the Package manager, you must first tell Package Manager about the existence of the files. To do this, open the /root/.packages directory (which is a hidden directory). There you will find a file called livepackages.txt
Load this into your text editor (open as text) and copy/paste these two lines to the bottom of the list

"hpliplite-3.9.8-mu-p4" "Hewlett Packard printer and scanner drivers": " off "" \
"libnetsnmp-15-mu-p4" "lib files for hpliplite: " off ""\

Save, and when you re-load the Package Manager, the two packages will appear at the bottom.

You might want to back up livepackages.txt first before you mess with it. The only good reasons for doing it this way are to allow you to choose your download mirror, which Package Manager does, and to make it easy to uninstall/re-install in the future if you want.

If you wanted to be really flash, you could insert the lines in their proper place alphabetically, but then you might forget which depend you need. Smile

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Roy

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep 2009, 13:54    Post subject:  

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dave S, for doing the research and posting this! I have saved this thread as a PDF to accompany the Printer Setup files -- all of which I am burning to a CD for safe keeping.

I am seeing more and more of lluamco's work in these forums every week, it seems. Illuamco, please accept my sincere gratitude for your hard work. Your contributions are truly appreciated!

-Roy
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep 2009, 14:16    Post subject:  

Roy wrote:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dave S, for doing the research and posting this! I have saved this thread as a PDF to accompany the Printer Setup files -- all of which I am burning to a CD for safe keeping.

I am seeing more and more of lluamco's work in these forums every week, it seems. Illuamco, please accept my sincere gratitude for your hard work. Your contributions are truly appreciated!

-Roy


As a guy with an HP printer unsupported by Gutenprint, I second that..........

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Marcos Santos

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Sep 2009, 19:13    Post subject:  

Hi, I done this right now and was very good, thanks. My printer is working
very well.

How is said here in Brasil:
"Foi bater e valer"

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Oct 2009, 17:38    Post subject: One more thing to do but do not know how HP f2235  

I have followed the instructions supplied by DaveS to install HP f2235 printer. I have not started cups because i don't know where or how to execute ?etc/init d/cups start
Printer gets to almost print and stops
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Oct 2009, 11:30    Post subject: Re: One more thing to do but do not know how HP f2235  

alftabor wrote:
I have followed the instructions supplied by DaveS to install HP f2235 printer. I have not started cups because i don't know where or how to execute ?etc/init d/cups start
Printer gets to almost print and stops
Alf Embarassed


CUPS will re-start automatically at re-boot. Did you try other fixes before this one? You may be suffering from a configuration file error from a past attempt.

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Nov 2009, 14:28    Post subject: Worked perfectly in local mode to my Dell Latitude  

Next have to set it up to print through a Win XP computer via wireless network in the house. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 12:13    Post subject:  

Hi Dave,
Well i just read your post regarding the install HP Printers.Well i think you have done the great job regarding the searching the standard format of Printers and even the link you have provide is useful to me.I have already done the experiment regarding that with the help of your format and my printer is working properly.

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 13:20    Post subject:  

sandyrochard wrote:
Hi Dave,
Well i just read your post regarding the install HP Printers.Well i think you have done the great job regarding the searching the standard format of Printers and even the link you have provide is useful to me.I have already done the experiment regarding that with the help of your format and my printer is working properly.


Glad to help. Enjoy Puppy..............

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