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rocksockdoc
November 2nd, 2011, 07:00 PM
I'm familiar with Windows methods of adding printer drivers ... but on Ubuntu ... what is the process for adding a printer driver to an HP 3200m all-in-one laserjet when the manufacturer doesn't apparently supply a Linux driver?

Googling, I find the familiar-to-Windows-users HP 3200m all-in-one driver web site
- Download drivers and software - specify product name (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/ProductList.jsp?taskId=135&cc=us&lang=en&prodSeriesId=24354&prodTypeId=18972)

Which drills down (supposedly to the Linux 3200m printer driver:
- HP LaserJet 3200m All-in-One Printer series printer driver
(http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=28035&taskId=135&cc=us&lang=en&prodSeriesId=24354&prodTypeId=18972)
Which really just points to what appears to be linux drivers on an outside site:
- You are leaving hp.com to visit a web site that is not maintained by HP (http://www.hp.com/cgi-bin/bizsupport/leavinghp.cgi?URL=http://www.hp.com/go/linuxprinting)

WHich brings up this:
- Open Source and Linux from HP (http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/587603-0-0-0-121.html?jumpid=go/linuxprinting)

I've never installed a printer driver on Ubuntu.
Is this the standard way of installing printer drivers on Ubuntu?
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206146&d=1320256124
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206147&d=1320256124

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206148&stc=1&d=1320256127

Paddy Landau
November 2nd, 2011, 07:03 PM
HP is one of the very few companies that provide good Linux drivers.

Go to your Ubuntu Software Centre and install hplip. You may want to also install hplip-gui.

Then go to Printing and follow the instructions.

rocksockdoc
November 2nd, 2011, 07:23 PM
install hplip. You may want to also install hplip-gui

Thank you for that quick insight!

You turned me on to a wholly different direction from that I was going.

It turns out, I had the HP Printing & Imaging System (hplip) already installed (somehow), but not the gui.

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206151&stc=1&d=1320258161

dFlyer
November 2nd, 2011, 07:25 PM
Just install hplip-gui from ubuntu-software-center and plug in your printer. It should self configure.

rocksockdoc
November 2nd, 2011, 07:32 PM
I've got them both installed now (hplip & hplip-gui) and, while I hate the initial interface, I'll have to work it to see if it will install itself such that it is transparent to the user when completed.

Certainly I'll have to relegate it to a mere menu selection, as taking up valuable real estate in the menu bar is anathema. :)

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206154&stc=1&d=1320258764

Paddy Landau
November 2nd, 2011, 07:40 PM
Right-click the icon you don't like, select settings, and tell it not to display. It will run in the background to control print jobs.

rocksockdoc
November 2nd, 2011, 07:45 PM
It should self configure.

We cross posted.Thanks for the tip. It 'did' self configure. And I printed a text test file.
See screen shots below.

I hope this thread serves as a useful reference to others with the question in the future.

I 'had' googled, but, what I found, wasn't this (it was the HP non-HP drivers themselves).
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206161&stc=1&d=1320260464
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206162&stc=1&d=1320260464
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206163&stc=1&d=1320260464
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206164&stc=1&d=1320260464

rocksockdoc
November 2nd, 2011, 07:48 PM
tell it not to display. It will run in the background to control print jobs.

Ah, I see. Indeed. Very nicely done.

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=206159&stc=1&d=1320259632

Paddy Landau
November 2nd, 2011, 07:52 PM
Ah, I see. Indeed. Very nicely done.
Hmm. I've done the same thing, because I didn't want to see the icon.

But, now, I don't know how to get it back! :(

rocksockdoc
November 3rd, 2011, 05:19 AM
I don't know how to get it back!

Heh heh.

Now we're both in the same boat!

Paddy Landau
November 3rd, 2011, 02:11 PM
I've done the same thing, because I didn't want to see the icon.

But, now, I don't know how to get it back! :(

Now we're both in the same boat!
I've found the answer.

HPLIP Toolbox > Configure > Preferences > System Tray Icon.