HP OfficeJet Pro L7380 on Ubuntu

Christopher Lees christopher_lees at iprimus.com.au
Sat Sep 6 11:48:47 BST 2008

On Fri, 2008-09-05 at 12:00 +0100, Paul Gear  wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I thought i'd just share a success story with some new hardware we
> bought.  The device is an HP OfficeJet Pro L7380.  RRP is $299 but we
> picked one up for considerably less than that on eBay.
> After doing all of the usual unfastening of tape from every nook &
> cranny in the device, and running the printer alignment, we plugged it
> into my wife's desktop machine, running Ubuntu hardy (8.04 LTS).  CUPS
> found the device and installed a queue for it automatically, XSane
> started immediately, gave two warnings about the device being busy, and
> after that worked perfectly with zero configuration.
> Everything we've done with the machine has worked really well so far:
> scan quality is great, printing is fast, and copying works as advertised
> (we haven't tried faxing or batch scanning with the document feeder
> yet).  And all of this was without ever having to install a driver disk!
> Well done Ubuntu and the Free Software community, and well done HP for
> making a device that works perfectly out of the box with CUPS & SANE!
> I've always been a fan of HP printers, and this experience has
> reinforced my fanboyism.

I completely agree. My father's printer died the other day and he asked
me what brand to buy as a replacement. I told him to get an HP. I
plugged it in while he watched and he was quite surprised when the
bubble popped up to say that the printer was ready for use.

He asked if the scanner drivers were on the CD or if I'd need to
download them. I just installed Xsane and it all worked out-of-the-box.

Now I'm trying to work out how to share the printer across the network
to my computer; unfortunately that part doesn't seem to be so easy.

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