Monday, May 31, 2010

Print, scan and fax drivers for Linux

Installer Walkthrough

Step 1: Download the Automatic Installer (.run file)

Download HPLIP 3.10.5:

Download Link:

Step 2: Run the Automatic Installer

Running the installer requires that you open a command shell to enter commands. To do this, open a terminal or console window
In the terminal/console, enter the following commands (type all the text after the $ character and then press enter):
These instructions assume that the file was downloaded to your Desktop directory. You may have to adjust the 'cd' command based on where your web browser saved the file on your system.

Step 3: Select the Install Type

Select the install mode: Automatic (enter an 'a') or Custom (enter a 'c'). We recommended that most users select the Automatic install mode

Step 4: Verify your Linux Distribution

Ensure the installer detected the correct Linux distribution. Different Linux versions use different install procedures if the incorrect version is selected, the installer may fail.

Step 5: Select HPLIP Options to Enable

Enter 'y' to enable parallel support. By default, parallel support is disabled.

Step 6: Enter Your root/Superuser User Password

Step 7: Read the Installation Notes

Depending on your Linux distribution some steps may need to be completed before going further with the HPLIP install. Please follow any directions given.

Step 8: Detect Any Missing Dependencies

The installer will now detect what dependencies your system will need to install before installing HPLIP. In addition any package manager clean up steps will be ran. These are executed to try and minimze any potential package manager problems.

Step 9: Download and Install Any Missing Dependencies

If your system is missing any dependencies they are now downloaded and installed.

Step 10: './configure' and 'make' will run

./configure prepares HPLIP for install as well as your system is verified to have all the required dependencies for HPLIP.
'make' is then executed. Make compiles ("builds") HPLIP for your system.

Step 11: 'make install' is Run

'make install' is the actual install procedure, this step is where HPLIP is actually being installed to your system.

Using 'hp-setup' to configure your printer

This guide will walk you through configuring your printer using 'hp-setup'.

Step 12: Select How Your Printer will be Connected to Your Computer

The first step is to select the printer connection type:


Step 13: Select the Printer to be Configured

Next the setup tool will display printers detected (depending on the connection type selected):


Step 14: Select the PPD file (or driver) to be Used for Your Printer

The PPD files (drivers) which are most similar to your printer are displayed. Select the appropriate PPD file for your printer.
Usually you will want to select the recommended PPD file.


Step 15: Enter any Printer Information You Wish to Update/Change

Enter your printer information:


Step 16: Confirm the Printer Settings and Finish the Configuration Process

Click "Finish" to complete the printer setup process:


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