I should state at the outset that I know next to nothing about Linux, so please forgive my simplistic detail of my problem.
Basically, I am trying to use a HP2600N as a printer for my EEEPC which is running the "plain vanilla" user interface. Reading various postings,I believe the Operating system is a modified version of Xandros.
The scenario I have is a D-Link DSL-G604T Wireless Router/Modem that is connected to my ADSL server. The Router has 4 wired inputs, plus wireless connectivity. I am currently using 3 of the 4 inputs (1 PC running Windows XP, 1 PC running Windows Vista & an HP2600N colour laser printer). They are all networked together so that either PC can print to the HP2600N (providing the router is switched on of course!!).
I recently bought the EEEPC, and have successfully set it up to connect wirelessly to the router, and can thus access the Internet, and exchange files between it and the other 2 PCs. So far so good!!
I would like to be able to print from the EEEPC to the HP2600N, so I went to the "Add Printer" wizard on the EEEPC. I select "Network Printer", and "Network type as "Other". I select "AppSocket/HP JetDirect (socket)" and "Find". This takes me to the "Find Network Printer" with a Subnet of 10.1.1.* 9100. I hit "Scan" and it finds the printer at 10.1.1.4 (The base address of the Router is 10.1.1.1). I select this and hit "Next", and it takes me to the "Set Printer Model" page where it has already selected Manufacturer as "HP" Model as "Color Laser Jet 2600N" and Driver as "Foomatic + foo2hp" so I click "Next", and it opens a new page and asks if I want to send a Test Page. I select "Yes", and it appears to send some data, as its status goes from "Idle, Accepting Jobs" to "Busy, Accepting Jobs" and shortly thereafter back to "Idle Accepting Jobs". Unfortunately, nothing happens at the printer.
I have tried different drivers, but nothing seems to work. If I select "foomatic + foo2zjs", I get the printer to start up, and eject paper, but nothing is printed on it. I tried also sending small documents, but again no joy.
I have seen descriptions for installing foo2hp, but none of them seems to relate to the EEEPC environment, so I am reluctant to try in case I mess up the system. Also I don't know if it is the same "foo2hp" I already have pre-installed on the EEEPC, so I may be wasting my time trying to download it.
Assuming it is a updated version, how do I install it? Does it replace the existing one or is it stored in another location. Also the driver says "foomatic + foo2hp", so does "foomatic" also get downloaded at the same time as the "foo2hp" if I use the one on this website? You can see, I am really struggling here, so I would welcome any advice.
I have contacted HP & ASUS, and they all "disavow any knowledge of my actions"!!
I have searched every HP, Linux & EEEPC forum, but come up empty.
Incidentally, I also connected the HP2600N direct into one of the USB ports on the EEEPC. It was recognised and installed with the same drivers, but with precisely the same result ie NOTHING, so it is not a network problem, but seemingly a driver problem. Needless to say, the 2 PCs on the network can print flawlessly to the HP2600N, so it is not a fault on the printer. Also, if I type in from the EEEPC web browser "http://10.1.1.4"
; it brings up the Printer's Webpage, so the network seems to be working fine.
All advice gladly accepted, and naturally a donation would be forthcoming if I can solve this problem.