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Old 02-11-2010, 08:05 PM
Default Printer Stopped Working (SOLVED)

On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 12:01 -0800, Rick Stevens wrote:
> On 02/11/2010 10:40 AM, Micros50 wrote:
> > On Wed, 2010-02-10 at 15:51 -0800, Rick Stevens wrote:
> >> On 02/10/2010 12:38 PM, Micros50 wrote:
> >>> Hello,
> >>>
> >>> I have a Hewlett Packard B209 printer connected via wireless ethernet to
> >>> my LAN. For the past several months everything was working fine. At
> >>> l;east 3 different computers running Fedora 11 and 12 had no problems
> >>> seeing the networked printer and printing to it.
> >>>
> >>> Then all of a sudden everything went kaputz. I think it happened after a
> >>> recent routine upgrade via YUM. All of a sudden none of my computers can
> >>> access the printer. It seems to show up as a valid networked printer
> >>> but, I cannot get it to print. If I send a document to the printer I get
> >>> the following message.
> >>>
> >>> "/usr/lib/cups/filter/hpcups failed"
> >>>
> >>> I cannot even access any administrative functions top pause or restart
> >>> the printer, nor can I print a test page. I disabled my firewall and
> >>> SELinux but unto no avail. It just sits there dumb, like it's there but
> >>> not there. Up to a couple days ago it was working flawlessly.
> >>>
> >>> I attached a copy of my cupsd.conf file. If any further diagnostics are
> >>> needed I can furnish those as well.
> >>>
> >>> Any and all help appreciated. Thanks in advance...
> >>
> >> First, try to ping your printer, both by name and by IP address. If
> >> you can ping via IP but not name, then you may be affected by:
> >>
> >> There was an update to both F11 and F12 that can affect you if you are
> >> running BIND (named) on your machine. It has to do with the dnssec-conf
> >> RPM. Do an "rpm -q dnssec-conf". If you get a result that shows either
> >>
> >> 1.21-3.fc11
> >> 1.21-7.fc12
> >>
> >> then "yum downgrade dnssec-conf" and then "service named restart".
> >> Details are here:
> >>
> >
> > Okay... I can ping the printer via it's ip address. I cannot ping by
> > name and, I am not running bind nor is dnssec-conf installed. This
> > problem is also network wide because none of my machines can print
> > anything anymore. I still get the message
> >
> > "paused /usr/lib/cups/filter/hpcups failed"
> >
> > And CUPS administration won't let me unpause the printer nor carry out
> > any administrative function.
> I can only think of two possibilities, a buggered hpijs RPM or a
> conflict in the hplip stuff (if installed). Make sure they're updated.
> Try to force an unpause via:
> cupsenable [printername]
> cupsaccept [printername]
Okay, I seemed to have solved the problem, although I am still not
certain what the cause of the problem was, at least I got bnetwork
printing up and running again.

What I did was to open the CUPS configuration dialog and delete the
printer. Then I let CUPS discover what printers I have on the network.
Then I re-installed the printer and viola... it is printing again. I had
to do this on each computer and so far...(knock on wood) everything
seems to be back to normal.

I have no idea why this happened. In any event I want to thank Rick &
Ted for the help and suggestions which I have made note of in the event
of any future printing problems.

meanwhile I'll chalk this one up as some sort of unidentified glitch.



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