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Sat Jun 9, 2018, 08:13 PM

Linux Mint and Printer

Got a used HP Laserjet 1320. Works good, but the Linux install is a bit imprecise. I'm using Parallel port for example, but it is recognized in HPLIP software as USB.

I'm not clear how to network it. Some sites say I need a wireless USB printer server, others say the USB port on the router can be setup for Windows networking even though the USB on the router is just a simple entry point. I assume the same networking is possible in Linux.

I downloaded the HP User Guide, and HP has not changed much. Generic guide for scores of printers without much information! Do I leave it on, for example. It like goes into sleep mode, with just one light on. I think it's supposed to stay that way, but I'll probably turn it off as I use it about twice a week.

Thanks for any quick links you can offer. I often use a Google site https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/14 but this one didn't run according to the way they said it would.

And now I have to worry about Toner and reset chips! My old Panasonic had no such luxuries but it sure didn't work well. The drum and developer replacement cartridges were too old to function well even when new.

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bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 OP
TexasTowelie Jun 2018 #1
bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 #2
d_r Jun 2018 #3
bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 #4
bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 #5

Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 08:32 PM

1. I don't know much about the details with Linux,

but I have an HP printer that is about six years old. It will go into sleep mode, then after two hours it will automatically turn off if not in use. You might wait for manually turning it off to see if that applies with your printer.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 08:50 PM

2. Hey, thank you TexasTowelie!

Didn't expect such a quick reply, figured I'd get some response Sunday morning.

Mine is old, 2005, but is light years ahead of the Panasonic which I bought in 1994! The Linux software seems functional and adequate but without as many features. So far anyway

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 08:56 PM

3. honestly I think

you are going to have to spend some time home working with a printer that is on a parallel port - but, if it is working then it is working, if it calls it a parallel or usb port doesn't really matter.

I can just came to tell you to look in to Samba. You want to use Samba to network the printer.

And turn it off when you aren't using it if you are only using it a couple of times a week.

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 09:05 PM

4. Glad I asked, Samba's a new one on me

and have not seen it mentioned on support sites I referenced. Did google it, looks to have a great pedigree for Linux/Ubuntu.

The HP 1320 has both parallel and USB ports fortunately, just don't see why using the parallel doesn't use LPT and calls itself USB. No matter, as you say, it's working!


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Sun Jun 17, 2018, 07:10 PM

5. Well if this works it's the easiest solution yet


Re: Printer Sharing, home network, Samba

Post by red03golf Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:37 pm
I can't speak for LM18, but I've found that, as opposed to 'sharing' a printer which is directly plugged into one specific computer on the network, with LM17.3 it seems to be set by default to very easily set up a network printer if you simply plug the printer into your router / gateway via ethernet or USB.

Then, all that is required is to select the 'network' printer option in the System Settings >> Printers >> + Add for each LM17.3 computer.

It's so easy, even "I" can do it.

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