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installing a printer
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
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.
Let's hit the obvious....is the printer powered on?"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so."
~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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.
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)
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.
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