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hi everyone i have a printer install install problem First, I followed the how-to wiki from http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/printing-howto.xml and I have Usb support in the kernel for printer and hotplugging on ...
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    installing a printer


    hi everyone i have a printer install install problem

    First,

    I followed the how-to wiki from http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/printing-howto.xml

    and I have Usb support in the kernel for printer and hotplugging on but when i do the
    modprobe usbcore
    modprobe usblp

    then plug in printer then type dmesg | tail the printer does not seem to be recognized. I checked in /dev/usb and there is nothing.

    I have a HP photosmart 7150 and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Let's hit the obvious....is the printer powered on?
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    yes it is powered on...but that could be something i would forget...any other suggestion? I've googling printer setup for gentoo type stuff and that wiki page seems to be the only good source I have found so far.

    Thanks
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    I've found that printing in linux is a chore, my best luck has been installing the USB printer via cups, and not another intergrated driver type option (that hp offers) Linuxprinting.org also is a great resource, and the driver database should give you a hand in selecting printer drivers, as I found that to be my issue, even once i got a printer connected and installed, it just wouldn't work with the default driver, I ended up using the gimp-print driver, and that was what worked..... so who knows, give it a whirl (but I also ended up being forced into KDE's printer util as i think CUPS has one of the least user-friendly config setups ever)
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    I'm also using gnome ... does anyone know if there is an auto detect type feature for printers in gnome like there apparently is for kde. I can't find it when looking through gnome but maybe it is something i can emerge or download.

    and of course any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    Ok! I found the solution. Apparently there is some kind of problem with hotplugging and the newest release of gentoo. So I had to emerge coldplug then rc-update coldplug default and voila when i plugged my printer in did a dmest | tail it was there.

    SWEET--printer now works like a champ
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