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I can't get this printer to work. There is no driver for it listed at localhost:631. After a lot of searching I found this post on another forum:

"Re: HP LaserJet 1020, USB-printer

If you add the universe packages to /etc/apt/sources.list you can install a package called foo2zjs which will make CUPS aware of how to convert documents to the format the printer expects. So that's good, but there are still two more issues to resolve before we're all done:
- There's no PPD (Postscript Printer Description) file for the LaserJet 1020 model
- The printer expects it's firmware (software running on the printer, not your computer) to be sent each time it boots up.

If you download the software from Rick's site, you get "add ons" to the hotplug system, that will send this firmware each time your computer detects the printer."


I don't know if this means much but when I use the KDE printer installer it doesn't see my printer. It just lists "USB printer #1" and "USB printer #1 no reset" (what's the difference?).

I've tried installing using the steps of the foo2zjs site but that doesn't seem to work either. What I can't find is the hotplug add on. Maybe that's the problem. Anyway after a lot of hours at this I could use some advice.

Actually as long as I'm writing this, two other points. According to the foo2zjs website I'm supposed to install other packages before I start the "make install" (using "gmake" instead of "make"). Are these necessary? Also the commands "wget" and "./getweb" don't seem to work in PCBSD. I"ve used these commands with Linux to install this same driver. Which worked.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: HP1020 Laserjet problem
The easiest way for you to install foo2zjs, would be via the ports collection.

You can find it in /usr/ports/print/foo2zjs

wget isn't in the PC-BSD base system, but you can use 'fetch' instead.
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: HP1020 Laserjet problem, continues
OK, I installed the driver from the ports collection. I did "make", then "make install". "gmake install" wouldn't run after make (suggested from the driver site) even though pkg_info shows it installed. I tried "make install-hotplug" and the response was it didn't know what to do. I did "make clean".

The printer still doesn't work. The driver now appears in the HP driver list to install, but after I installed it the test page wouldn't print. The HP printer now shows in various editors and open office writer, but it won't print from them. The print monitor shows a print job being processed but nothing happens. Personally I suspect the hotplug not installing is the problem but I'll take any suggestions for what to try next or how to troubleshoot this.

Also ./getweb (also an instruction from the foo2zjs site) isn't recognized as a command so I couldn't download the firmware file for the HP 1020. I have no idea if this makes a difference or not.
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Never mind, I figured it out. It was the hotplug which I got to compile. Now it prints fine.
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