Printer Will Not Work

Asked by Jack Lawrence on 2010-03-02

I just bought an HP Photosmart Plus B209a Printer. It does everything except actually print. It even says the job is ¨completed" but nothing was done. I repeated the installation 5 times with same results. Before buying, I tried to find out which printer worked. I was told by HP that all of their printers worked on Ubuntu Linux. Best Buy agreed. Is there a solution that I can understand, or must I give in and go back to dreaded Windows just so I can print? Printing seems to be a real Ubuntu Linux shortfall and major roadblock.

I did this repeatedly:

If your printer was not detected after a few moments, then you will need to
    follow these steps:

 1.Obtain the model name of your printer.

 2.Ensure the printer is turned on.

 3.Choose System ▸ Administration ▸ Printing

 4.Click New Printer.

 5.Your printer should be automatically detected. If so, simply click
        Forward and then Apply.

 6.Finally, you can enter in a description and location for your printer.

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RichardSwan (mozillaguerrilla) said : #1

Have you tried "CUPS"? It helps track down your appropriate drivers for printers. I ran into a similar situation awhile back, and sorry to say it didn't pan out. I ended up having to use that other OS you mentioned(shudder). Worse case scenario don't give up completely, go w/ a duel boot. Good luck!!!

arochester (arochester) said : #2

Look at: http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/photosmart/photosmart_plus_b209a-m.html

Check out the panel on the left side that says: Installation instructions

Follow the link: Instructions for using the Automatic Installer.

@Richard - Ehh? HP Printers are the best as far as Linux is concerned. No dual boot necessary.

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