cannot get HP Deskjet 672C printer to work with Ubuntu 11.10

Asked by jack schmidt

Hello, I am fairly new to Ubuntu. I have 64 bit v. 11.10 and a driver to HP DeskJet 672C printer is installed. However, when I boot up I get the message that this printer may not be connected. It is connected and it works with the Windows 7 also on this box. Perhaps I am missing something.

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Judith Knight (knight-judithknight0) said :

My suggestion is to upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 and check the Printer list for lets you know which printer works best. Check out the Ubuntu Store. I know I had the same problem and Ubuntu people are very helpful and could always contact HP for they too are helpful at letting us, Ubuntu users know which printers work best with Ubuntu. I am a Ubuntu user and not a tech.

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jack schmidt (jjschmidt) said :

The printer type I have can be found at nearly any garage sale in your community (they are virtually indestructible), so I doubt we need to upgrade to version 12.xx to find a driver. The end of life list of Ubuntu versions actually shows a driver "hpijs" which probably should work. However, there's no way to get to it or to install it that I can find. The printer installation windows don't recognize my username and its password and so they deny authentication. So finding the driver type now isn't the issue, it's downloading it and getting it installed. These windows don't have any option to find or select a driver. I don't know how the system ever recognized the printer in the first place. There are 5 open windows and each one is frozen. I don't know why this should all be so difficult.

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jack schmidt (jjschmidt) said :

Here is more. I found an updated version of hpijs, which is hplip-3.12.6 which I installed. This huge install seems to cover many, many HP printer-type products. There were numerous selection options which I carefully chose. However, the installation (although the resulting icons completely fill my desktop), failed to work with my HP 672C printer. I found out why, by checking the install logs and config files. The printer I have is a parallel port printer. The installation routine has built into it parallel port option, however, the installation choice selection part automatically forces a "no" on parallel port build (ppbuild). The selection of a parallel printer option exists in the GUI but it's greyed out. Also that "no" option shows up in multiple text scripts. So what I need to know is how to edit the first executed file which automatically excludes my parallel printer, during the choice selection. I already chose the advanced choice option which is supposed to let me make choices appropriate to my device. As usual, automating these installations and attempting to bundle many devices together leads to headaches. Maybe someone can tell me which file to edit so I can run the installation successfully?

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Tychodickerson (tychodickerson) said :

Hi my name is Tycho and I can fix you computer but I haft to remote In so email me at <email address hidden>

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