A printer driver is software that your computer uses to speak to a physical printer, which may be connected to your computer or to another computer on your network. When you purchase your printer, it often comes with discs that include the software needed to complete the setup process. Drivers are locally installed, meaning on your computer. I’ve got a £30 Epson XP-225 printer which works perfectly using cups.
- You can add printer drivers that are up to 2GB in size.
- From here, you can rename them, delete them, change their preferences, or add more printers and they’ll all appear as separate devices.
- Select “Use the driver that is currently installed ” and click “Next.” This ensures the new printer device is using the same port and printer driver as the original printer device.
- You will not be able to back up printer drivers that are larger than 2GB.
I installed the cups-ipp-utils, system-config-printer and printer-driver-cups-pdf which gives you a really nice printer config front-end under the Preferences menu. I do have another old Epson, but there is no driver for that. While searching I keep finding that current printers are difficult. There appears to be other methods like driverless, camera driver but no difinitive guide that is current for current printers. As has been said here already “few manufacturers provided linux drivers” that is even worse for ARMHF.
So I researched further as to what recommendations there were going back as far as 2016. Two of the suggestions were use Brother or HP as generally you will find drivers. So I started by looking into HP LIP seemed promising so installed HPLIP however found out the latest version available for armhf is 3.18.12.
Solution: 2 Hp Printer Installation Via Software
I thought okay lets get a new printer this one is fairly old. So I started looking for new Epson printers however not one of the new printers I found had drivers in cups.
I continued looking, but can seem to find no drivers for RPI with latest Raspbian for any current printers. I have installed cups and then added my printer. It found it no problem, however the driver doesn’t work properly.
What If The Printouts From My Hp Laserjet Printer Are Illegible?
Hell, even when I ran a print server for windows clients I ran CUPS. Since CUPS takes care of the actual printer drivers, all the windows clients just used the same generic post-script driver, no matter which printer they printed to.
I have not done much with regard scanning, but that appears to be a mindfield at first glance. An RPI in depth article on printing and scanning would be very welcome. Even better would be getting a manufacture to help with this by providing armhf drivers with all new printers. Just looking at the number of pi’s out there that’s a fair amount of sales they would benefit from. Having the latest version of HPLIP working on ARMHF would be another possibility.
How do I get my computer to recognize my wireless printer?
Can’t find your printer? 1. Open Windows search by pressing Windows Key + Q.
2. Type in "printer."
3. Select Printers & Scanners.
4. Hit Add a printer or scanner. Source: Windows Central.
5. Choose The printer that I want isn’t listed.
6. Select Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network discoverable printer.
7. Choose the connected printer.
I then went looking for any printers available upto this version. No joy could not find a recent printer available in that list or older one. Looked into later versions of the HPLIP and found a couple of printers that might work, but they were above £300, but with a max budget of £150 or less not much help.
How long does it take for HP printer to install?
The installation process takes approximately 30 minutes. What do you need? A printer cable if you have a printer without WiFi.
If it is a network printer, you may have to know how to create an IP port to the local LAN address of your printer. I guess we start to see why this isn’t for newbies. Some "professional grade" printers include features like stapling, automatic two side printing and even automatic horizontal/vertical stacking for printed copies . A lot of those features are only available when using the printer driver provided by the manufacturer and not available in the default drivers. And wow does reading this make me thankful I use CUPS and linux.