[lug] Re: Postscript Printer setup

Steve Sullivan sullivan at mathcom.com
Thu Aug 16 20:47:31 MDT 2007


Many thanks for all the suggestions.  I finally got it working,
and am not quite sure what was the trick.  On the Yast printer
configurator I chose a different ppd file and that seemed to
be the magic it needed.  Oh, and also I had to specify tray 2.

I did try to follow the directions to install hplip recommeded at 
http://openprinting.org, and hosted at http://hplip.sourceforge.net/.
What a disaster!  Problems every step of the way, both with their
automated installer and the manual install process.  I abandoned it.

Two web sites I found handy, and recommended by others here, were:

On my Suse 10.2, there were 3 ppd files shown as "recommended" by Yast.
The original ppd file that was selected was:
  HP Color LaserJet 2605 Foomatic/Postscript (recommended)
And the one that worked was:
  HP Color LaserJet 2605 Postscript (recommended)
How's a guy supposed to know? :)

Anyway, now it works - thanks again for the suggestions.


On Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 08:03:39AM -0600, Steve Sullivan wrote:
> Hi,
> I just installed an HP 2605dn printer on a USB port on Suse 10.2.  HP
> claims this printer understands postcript, but it doesn't work.  Yet
> when I hook it up to a Win XP box via USB the printer works fine.
> But when I use it from Suse via USB, no luck.  When I try to print a
> test page from the Suse configurator the printer light blinks,
> indicating it's receiving data, but no page is printed.  Similarly,
> when I "lp test.ps" the green light blinks, but no page is printed.
> Long ago with some previous printer I had a similar problem and did
> something like copy ctl-L to /dev/lp to force the page eject.
> But there is no /dev/lp on this Linux ... why not?
> How can I get this printer running?
> Many thanks,
> Steve


Steve Sullivan    sullivan at mathcom.com

http://www.mathcom.com    303-494-7115

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