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Linux Printing Tips

Mar 18, 2009, 00:02 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Inside of CUPS are several different groups of drivers: Foomatic, Gutenprint, and vendor-supplied drivers. This is why so many printers have several different driver options when you install a new printer. Unlike Windows, in Linux it is trivially easy to test the different drivers to see which one you like best-- in the CUPS Web interface, just select "Modify printer" to run through the installer again. You won't have to reboot or watch it gag and crash; it just works. Many printing problems are cured by using a different driver.

"I had an issue with an HP Laserjet 3050. This is one of their low-end multi-function laser printers: scanner, fax, copier, and printer. Somewhere in my Linux adventures it suddenly decided that it could not just print, no, it wanted me to hit the 'Enter' button on the printer for every print job. Every. Single. One....

"At any rate, I poked around in CUPS and noticed that it was using a CUPS driver, either Foomatic or Gutenprint, who knows which one, instead of the HPLIP driver. HPLIP drivers are labeled in the CUPS driver selector as either HPLIP or HPIJS. So I switched to the HPLIP driver, and no more hitting 'Enter.'"

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