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Old 14th April 2012, 10:36 AM
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HP LaserJet 1018 printing problems

I can't print anything. My laptop recognizes my printer, but nothing happens when I actually try to print something.

I was searching online for solutions, but none of them worked for me. And I don't remember which changes exactly I have made.

I'm using:
Toshiba Tecra A11-1FM laptop
Fedora 16 with GNOME3
HP LJ 1018 printer

Tell me if you need any additional info (and how to obtain that info, if not obvious).
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Old 14th April 2012, 12:40 PM
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Re: HP LaserJet 1018 printing problems

Printing can sometimes be tricky--other times, incredibly easy.

I would try the following. (Some of which you've probably done)

Install hplip

Then, run hp-setup -i <printer's IP address>

If it's physically connected, then I think you just run hp-setup. (I just realized I haven't set up a directly connected printer in years, so not quite sure how to do that.)

WIth luck, it will find and install the printer, then offer to print a test page. If nothing happens, then do

sudo less /var/log/cups/error_log

and see if there's anything useful in there. Usually, there isn't.


However, hplip tends to work better than the builtin printer setup tool.
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Old 14th April 2012, 04:28 PM
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Re: HP LaserJet 1018 printing problems

Actually, I think everything that I tried was something with foo2zjs, not hplip.

Anyway, how do I find out what my printer's ip address is?

Edit: Oh, never mind, I just realised that was not applicable if it's phisically connected.

---------- Post added at 03:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:34 PM ----------

Wow, that actually worked, thanks a lot!

However, I did something stupid. I tried to print some document (which I don't really want to print), just to see if the printer works. Nothing happened, so I tried restarting my laptop, and the printer began printing my document. However, I realised that the document was big so I decided to turn my printer off until I find where to cancel the printing task. I turned it off while it was in the middle of some page, and then I found where to cancel the whole thing, and cancelled it. Now, when I turn my printer on, its "warning" light is blinking. Trying to print something doesn't help, and I can't take the paper out manually.
I know I did not one but a few stupid things in a row. How do I get out of this situation?

---------- Post added at 03:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:08 PM ----------

I somehow managed to manually remove the paper after all. Everything's fine now.

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Old 14th April 2012, 05:46 PM
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Re: HP LaserJet 1018 printing problems

Glad it's working. You can, as the starter of the thread, click thread tools and mark the thread solved if you wish.
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Old 14th April 2012, 06:45 PM
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Re: HP LaserJet 1018 printing problems

It randomly started not working again. I printed one document without problems. I printed another document without problems. And yet another document. But then the printer started refusing to print again.
Nothing useful in sudo less /var/log/cups/error_log...

---------- Post added at 05:45 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:03 PM ----------

Update: Randomly started printing again. XD And ,by that, I don't even mean "I canceled that old printing job an hour ago and now tried again". No, I completely forgot about my printer and was doing some unrelated stuff, when the printer suddenly started printing that thing that I had told it to print (an hour ago, or when was that).
So yeah, as far as I am concerned, the problem is solved... I guess I just have to wait long enough if I want to print something. But I won't mark the thread as "solved", someone might know how I can make my printer become more... predictable.
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