How to install printer Kubuntu?

Mitch Contla mcontla at
Fri Nov 17 14:13:02 UTC 2006

Ted Quick said the following on 11/16/2006 10:46 PM:
> --- Simon Bassett <spbasset at> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2006-11-16 at 21:56 -0800, Ted Quick wrote:
>>> --- Mitch Contla <mcontla at> wrote:
>>>> Ted Quick said the following on 11/16/2006 07:16 AM:
>>>>> I have been trying to get my printer working again, since an update messed up the system.
>>>>> Apparently CUPS was "improved" to avoid bothering to feed anything to the printer. Is
>> there a
>>>> way
>>>>> to go back to what it was BEFORE the upgrade?
>>>>> Kubuntu really isn't much use if I can't print anything. Help
>>>>> Ted Quick
>>>>> Need a website? Look at:
>>>> How about some specifics? What do you mean "feed anything to the
>>>> printer"? Are the printers set to accept jobs? What do you see when you
>>>> goto http://localhost:631/printers
>>>> My ubuntu (dapper) system is completely up to date, and I've never
>>>> experienced a problem with printing.
>>>> -- 
>>>> Mitch
>>> That gives me "No Printers"
>>> Also when I try to print something the Print box appears and it says Printer Name "Default"
>>> When I click on the Properties button it say print command 
>>> Ted Quick
>> If that gives no printers, it appears there are none setup. Try from the
>> konsole:
>> sudo kcontrol
>> then setup a printer from there.
> When I do that it doesn't identify my HP 3745 Deskjet, it gives "ESP HP Color LaserJet Series PCL
> 6" as the only possible orinter.
> Ted Quick
> Need a website? Look at:
Well. Why not try the lpadmin command. say the HP 3745
is essentially the same as the HP 3840; the recommended driver is hpijs.
First, verify the ppd exists using lpinfo (my output listed with command

$ lpinfo -m | grep 3840
hpijs/HP/HP-DeskJet_3840-hpijs.ppd HP DeskJet 3840 Foomatic/hpijs (recommended) - HPLIP 0.9.7

If you don't see similar output, you need to get the correct ppd first

Add the printer using lpadmin like this:

$ sudo lpadmin -p HP-3745 -E -v parallel:/dev/lp0 -m hpijs/HP/HP-DeskJet_3840-hpijs.ppd -u allow:all

This assumes the printer is connected to the parallel port. If it's
connected differently, you'll need to change the argument to the -v
option. You can get a list of recognized ports using "lpinfo -v".

Everything going well? then...

$ lpr -P HP-3745 <sometestfile>

Did it print? If so, set the printer as default:

$ lpadmin -d HP-3745

If this doesn't seem to work, then we need to start looking at your cups


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