[CentOS] non-functioning printer

Thu May 13 16:56:25 UTC 2021
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On 5/13/21 11:51 AM, Michael Hennebry wrote:
> In an attempt to diagnose a friend's HP Deskjet D1420,
> I'm running a Centos 6.10 LiveDVD.
> The readily visible symptom is that it will
> accept a job and claim to be printing it,
> but nothing ever gets printed, not even a test page.
> The same happens on her Ubuntu system.
> I recently learned that a blinking power light means
> that the printer is complaining about something.
> What?
> http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00905267#d0e5511enww
> "If an error message appears
> Read the error message that explains the problem and its solution."
> Huh?
> Where on a Deskjet D1420 could an error message possibly appear?
> Does it mean this message in /var/cups/error_log?
> E [13/May/2021:15:18:53 -0400] [CGI] Unable to create avahi client: 
> Resource temporarily unavailable
> E [13/May/2021:15:18:53 -0400] [cups-deviced] PID 2094 (dnssd) stopped 
> with status 1!
> Would the presence or absence of whatever
> avahi is cause the printer to complain?
> The printer used to print.
> The hardware connection has not changed in years.

Printers usually have "print test page" soemewhere in their own menu. 
Before attempting to connect anything to printer I would test that first.


> Any ideas?

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247