[lug] Printing woes

Hugh Brown hugh at math.byu.edu
Thu Nov 13 17:07:55 MST 2003

On Thu, 2003-11-13 at 15:55, Ken Weinert wrote:
> Debian testing / hp psc 750xi / usb
> 		I can't get this thing to work - but it seems very close to
> being correct.
> 		I'm running cups, and the printer appears to be configured
> correctly - at least I get the following in cups:
> Device URI: usb://HP/PSC%20700%20Series?serial=MY2AAD423MWB
> This tells me that it sees the printer out there.
> 		So, I try to print a test page (from localhost:631) or by
> using lp. I can see the print job go into the queue, but the printer
> itself does nothing. After a short amount of time the job moves into
> the 'finished' area - cups seems to think the job has printed.
> 		The only odd indication is that I'm getting a "Media tray
> empty!"  message, but googling makes this seem like it's a common, but
> bogus, error - that is, for everyone else the job still prints.
> 		Here's the tail of my cups/error_log when I tried the last
> test page:
> I [13/Nov/2003:13:50:20 -0700] Job 15 queued on 'try2' by ''.
> I [13/Nov/2003:13:50:20 -0700] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 15701) for job 15.
> I [13/Nov/2003:13:50:20 -0700] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip (PID 15702) for job 15.
> I [13/Nov/2003:13:50:20 -0700] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/usb (PID 15703) for job 15.
> W [13/Nov/2003:13:50:20 -0700] [Job 15] Media tray empty!
> I [13/Nov/2003:13:50:22 -0700] Started "/usr/lib/cups/cgi-bin/printers.cgi" (pid=15711)
> 		In a related (perhaps) note, xsane doesn't seem to see the
> scanner either - although it latches on to my video card. I only
> mention this in case it rings a bell with someone - I'm not averse to
> splitting this issue off into a separate thread if that seems like the
> right thing to do.
> 		Thanks for any pointers or other type of assistance. Aside
> from being able to print the occasional thing, it'll be nice to not
> have my wife asking why we bought this printer if we can't use it -
> which sucks, because I actually looked it up before purchasing it to
> make sure it worked with Linux.

I have set up an officejet d135 (which is more or less a similar
device).  In that case I used the package hpoj and was able to use the
scanner and printer as well as set the time, read the display from an
xterm, etc.

Cups was able to see the printer w/o the hpoj stuff, but I used their
setup.  I can dig up the process if need be.


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