Categotry Archives: Printers/Printing


How to change the language on an HP PSC Printer


Oh brother! (No! NOT the printer)

Talk about obscure information.

It’s easy. Once you know how. On the printer do the following:

1. Hit the setup key.

2. Enter “5” for maintenance.

3. Enter “5” again to set “Country/Language/Region”

4. Enter “11” for English.

5. Enter “1” for yes.

6. Enter “10” for USA

7. Enter “1” for yes.


Who knew?



How to make an HP printer print grayscale in Debian


If you are frugal (like me), and do not do colour printing with your old HP Officejet Printer, then you print in grayscale. You will soon discover that even though black cartridge ONLY is selected, it will still try to print colour, instead of grayscale. (multiple expletives deleted!)

Is there a way to fix this? Sure. But it involves a bit of fidgeting.

So. Go to:

1. System/Administration/Printing

2. RIGHT click on your printer, and click on Properties. Under settings, we want to CHANGE the Make and Model. (Yes I know this makes no sense.)

Change Printer Make/Model

3. Choose HP and go forward! Find your printer in the list. (Yes I said this MAKES no sense!)

Choose the CUPS printer

CUPS Printer Driver

Go Forward!, young man! (a few times – just take the default on copying the PPD files)

4. Hit the Print Test Page button.

5. Now the printer will REALLY print in grayscale.

Who knew?



How to add a network printer in Debian/Ubuntu Linux


This is actually fairly easy, but there are a couple of tricks!

1. What is the IP address of that printer?

The easy way is to scan for it!

If you have not done so, install the arp-scan programme. Arp (Address Resolution Protocol) This will allow us to scan the network for all devices on the network.

sudo apt-get install arp-scan

2. Run arp-scan to see what’s on your network:

sudo arp-scan --interface=eth0 --localnet

arp-scan MUST be run as root, so that’s why we do the sudo.
We are limiting the search for anything we can reach, via our local ethernet connection.

You will get output that looks like:

$ sudo arp-scan –interface=eth0 –localnet
Interface: eth0, datalink type: EN10MB (Ethernet)
Starting arp-scan 1.6 with 256 hosts ( 00:12:34:56:78:81 (Unknown) 00:34:56:78:9a:5d Hewlett Packard 00:46:cd:ef:49:b1 (Unknown) 00:aa:bd:cb:d7:aa Roku, LLC

4 packets received by filter, 0 packets dropped by kernel
Ending arp-scan 1.6: 256 hosts scanned in 1.421 seconds (180.15 hosts/sec). 4 responded

Hmm. There’s something that says Hewlett Packard. Yup that’s my printer at address:

5. Go into: System/Administration/Printing and add your printer, if it is NOT already present. And follow the prompts for adding a printer. Almost done, couple of other chores.

6. Now click on Server and then Settings, and your screen should look like:

7. One last step. Enable the printer, and enable it for sharing. Also you may/may not want to set it as the default printer. Single right click on the printer icon, and select/check Enabled/Sharing:

8. Repeat these steps on each computer that you want to add this network printer too.



How to add a second black cartridge only printer to Ubuntu / Debian Linux (and keep the color printer)


How to add a printer in Ubuntu/Debian Linux

Okay, by now you know that if I am asked the same question more then once in a week, the answer will end up here.

It’s fairly straight forward, but there’s a couple things you might want to do. Even if you have successfully added your printer and it works, you might find out a thing or two. This is something I learned after replacing my colour cartridge twice in a month when I first started with Linux 6 years ago. This is especially true of older HP (hplip) Printers!

First though, let’s add that printer!

1. System/Administration/Printing

2. Press the Add button, then forward.

It will say: “Searching for Drivers” — it might take a minute or so.

Give it a name — let’s call this one: BLACK

you will see WHY in a few minutes. Click on apply, and the printer should be added.

By default, Ubuntu adds the printer as a colour printer. And everything works great. BUT, what’s happening is that it really is using your colour cartridge to make the black ink. Expensive! So how do we fix that?

NOTE: (If the printer works, then just right click on the printer, and highlight duplicate, and give it the name BLACK)

3. Right click on the Printer (BLACK), and then left click on properties.

4. Left click on Printer Options.

5. For output mode, I chose: Black only Grayscale.

Black Printer Options

6. Click on Apply and okay.

7. Right click on the printer, and left click on “Set as Default”

The printer will now use the black cartidge to print, instead of using the colour cartridge to make black ink.

So how do you print colour? Easy. Go to print, and select the original printer. I renamed mine to Photos.

Selecting the Colour Printer

So you have 2 LOGICAL printers now, instead of just one. One for black and white, and one for colour.

Save some money!