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New printer. Or, why not to expect new things to work well in Linux.

My old HP PhotoSmart printer died the other day, so I headed to OfficeMax to pick up a replacement. Figured that if I’m going to get one, I might as well get a good one. Spent $200 on the PhotoSmart 8250, and another $100 on the miscellaneous junk one has to get with a new printer (spare ink cartridges, usb2 cable, more photo paper, etc).

I did some research before buying it and it looked like it ought to work alright, since linuxprinting.org showed the 8200 as fully supported. We got it home and it printed on standard paper nearly instantly, which I was quite pleased with.

But when I tried to print photos from Gimp, things went downhill fast. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to take paper out of the photo tray. I tried for hours, all these different combinations of settings plus the photo-tray button on the printer. I also upgraded from gimp-print 4 to the latest gutenprint 5.0.0-rc1, and that didn’t help either.

Somehow I’m left feeling like ESR.

Hopefully some sink time will get it supported. In the meantime, I’ll probably be trying the printer on OS X.

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Written by Donnie Berkholz

October 26, 2005 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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