HP Color LaserJet 2600n works (finally !)
Posted by: peterv ()
Date: April 01, 2007 12:35PM

Rick and others,

Many thanks for this software.

On the current status of Debian Etch (testing as of today on
1 April 2007), I was unable to get my HP Color LaserJet 2600n
to work without your driver.

Now, I got it to work following the instructions on




Also color photo's seem to print decently.

As you requested, I sent a small donation to your PayPall
("put you money where your mouth is").

I also want to submit a more detailed recipe of how I was able
to set-up CUPS to get this to work on Debian Etch. Maybe you
can it to expand the Debian Etch part of your manual.

On Debian Etch ("out of the box"):

needed to:

# apt-get install make
# apt-get install gcc
# apt-get install libc6-dev

to get 'make' to run ...

earlier in my trials, I remember I also had to activate CUPS.
So that would be:

# apt-get install cupsys


# /etc/init.d/cupsys (re)start

Then to do the CUPS set-up (in naive detail):

As a regular user in X, use a browser to go to


At a certain point in this process you may be required to
enter user name password. On Debian Etch, I had to enter
the root user and the root password. (On Ubuntu, you need
to enter the actual user and his password and know the trick
to add the "cupsys" user to the "shadow" group temporarily).

then go to "Add Printer"

Enter "Name", "Location", "Description" and Continue

Choose "AppSocket/HP JetDirect" and Continue

enter: "socket://" and Continue
(at my place the 2600n printer is fixed at that address; you can fix that address
on the printer itself through the button interface (no DHCP); you could also fix
it in your dhcp server)

Provide a PPD File. In my case that was:


which was part of the package (it is actually not clear if this file was
part of the original package or built in the make process).

and "Add Printer"

this should yield: "Succesfully installed printer ..."

Than go to "Administration" --> "Manage Printers" --> "Set Printer Options"
to select local options. It seems the default is "monochrome", which I changed
immediately to "Color" ...

Go to "Printers" and select "Print a test page"

This works :-))

[When selecting the "standard" driver for HP Color LaserJet 2600n in the
Debian Etch distro as of today 1 April 2007 did not result in a working
system. CUPS told me printer is added succesfully, but printing a test
page yields jobs that are "stopped" immediately. They remain in the queue,
but I found no way to restart them (I could push "restart", but they end
up "stopped" every time.]

I am curious if it would make sense to submit this working .ppd file to the
Debian project ? Or is there a different problem that I missed ?

Thanks again,

Peter Vandenabeele

PS. on Ubuntu, the standard CUPS set-up works (after temporarily adding the
'cupsys' user to the 'shadow' group) and setting-up is easy. But printing
of large photo's breaks halfway with an error of "image too complex" on the
HP 2600n display ...Could that be related to the memory size installed in
the printer ?

Re: HP Color LaserJet 2600n works (finally !)
Posted by: casimard ()
Date: August 26, 2007 11:47AM

Hi guys,

Many thanks for this driver. My 2600n finally work properly on Mandriva. To help you continue I've give you a donation of 20$.

Is there any mailing list that can inform us if there is a new version ?

Thanks again


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