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Date:      Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:37:01 +1000
From:      Da Rock <>
Subject:   Re: How to successfully enable HP LaserJet Professional m1212nf MFP,
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On 04/12/12 11:14, Polytropon wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:17:01 -0500, Edwin L. Culp W. wrote:
>> hpcups 3.12.2, requires proprietary plugin that seems to not be available
>> in the HP site.  I have tried to get it using  hplip-3.12.2 with no
>> success.  I have tried with both cups and hplip and can't get it going.
>> Any suggestions appreciated.  Maybe the official hplip-3.12.4 might work
>> but hasn't been updated yet.    I tried to compile it but wasn't able to
>> adapt the patches.
> I have checked the printer's specification, but I can't
> find any mentioning about if it supports one of the
> standard languages PS or PCL (as one would assume for
> a product that HP markets as "Pro(fessional)"). However,
> the documentation states that it accepts PDF - so maybe
> you can try to feed a PDF file to the printer directly?
> You can use nc (netcat) to do this, I assume you already
> have the printer networked.

I'd try PCL first; the pdf reference I saw was the for the fax function, 
which allows you to send and receive faxes using pdf over email.

The odd man in this equation is an ability to email to print (pdf I'd 
assume), which is handy and may be how the hpcups thing works, however 
that means the pdf printing would only work via email and not just a 
netcat (security?). May still be worth trying, but try with PCL first as 
it is tried and true and has been a HP standard for god knows how long :)
> I'm not sure how the other functionality relates to the
> network connection (or maybe it is only availabe for the
> local USB connection?), check the documentation that came
> with the printer to find out more.
> For example, my Samsung color laser printer (MFC) has no
> networking functionality, but is represented by /dev/ugen0
> for the scanner part and /dev/u(n)lpt0 for the printer part.
> Maybe something similar is possible with your printer?
> I'm using that kind of setup with my HP Laserjet 4000 duplex,
> a _real_ professional (office-class working horse) printer.
> It's accessed per its IP and fed PS, which is the default
> output format of any application that wants to print something.
> The printer spooler is "inside the printer" and can be queried
> via CUPS (and also by its command line tools).
>> P.D. Is there a better way to use hp equipment than cups?
> Yes, base system's printer spooler (lpr) that simply hands
> the print jobs to the printer and manages them remotely.
> This assumes the printer has its "internal print server"
> (which should be normal for anything "professional"). CUPS
> can also deal with that if needed, as more and more applications
> rely on its presence.
> Finally I _assume_ the printer sadly is not that professional
> and doesn't support a lot of standards, depending on what I
> found on this page:
> Good luck anyway! :-)

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