DISCLAIMER: NO COMMAND LINE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!
So… You just bought a new Hewlett-Packard printer, took it home, hooked it up to your Linux computer and the damned thing doesn’t work. WTF?
You installed the HPLIP drivers from the repository. So why doesn’t it work?
Because the drivers in the official repository are out-of-date. You bought the latest and greatest printer, but now you need the latest and greatest print drivers. It’s a simple process that can be done by anyone.
Download the latest HP drivers installation file.
Right-click on the file and select “Properties” from the menu list:
Under the “Permissions” tab, make sure that the “Allow executing file as program” option is checked:
Click the Close button.
Right-click on the file again and select “Open” from the menu list:
Or just double-click on the file.
Select “Run In Terminal” from the dialog box:
Please choose the installation mode (a=automatic*, c=custom, q=quit) : a
Hit the [Enter] key.
Is “Linux Mint (version number)” your correct distro/OS and version (y=yes*, n=no, q=quite) ? y
Please enter your sudoer password:
Type in your password and hit [Enter].
Please read the installation notes. Press <enter> to continue or ‘q’ to quit:
Do you want to install missing dependencies (y=yes*, n=no, q=quit) ? y
Do you want to (‘i’=remove and install*, ‘o’=overwrite, ‘q’=Quit)? :i
Your safest option is to remove (uninstall) the old drivers and install the new drives.
Do you want to check for HPLIP updates?. (y=yes*, n=no) : y
Restart or re-plug in your printer (r=restart, p=re-plug in*, i=ignore/continue, q=quit) : r
Make sure your printer is plugged in and turned on.
Restart now (y=yes, n=no*, q=quit) ? y
Hit [Enter] and reboot.
You’re done! The new drivers are installed and your new HP printer should work perfectly.