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  • Fix HP LaserJet 1018/1020 not printing issue in Ubuntu 14.04

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Sean 3 comments

         After I upgraded Ubuntu to 14.04 LTS, the HP LaserJet 1020 printer stopped working mysteriously, whatever print job sent to the print, it returns “job completed”, but has nothing to print out. I noticed the HPLIP driver has been used for the printer by default, but it didn’t work either even I changed the driver to foo2zjs via CUPS web interface.
         After googled quite a while, I finally figured out that the foo2zjs package included in Ubuntu has some issues, as well as the HPLIP package. I decided to remove both of them out, and use the correct foo2zjs driver. See below for how:

    1. Remove HPLIP package (if you had installed it manually, refer here for uninstall)
    2. Get and install foo2zjs package from official site
    3. Get HP LaserJet 1020 firmware files, and copy the files to system firmware folder. (use “1018” instead of “1020” for LaserJet 1018 printer)
    4. Installing “foomatic-filters” may remove some CUPS packages, you can reinstall the CUPS or do it when you have problem in step 6
    5. Reboot PC and printer
    6. Access the CUPS web interface “http://localhost:631” to add HP printer by using foo2zjs drivers
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    3 Comments on "Fix HP LaserJet 1018/1020 not printing issue in Ubuntu 14.04"


    Without understanding much I am just following the steps you mentioned. During the step “sudo make install-hotplug” this error occurs Error: system-config-printer-udev is installed!

    Makefile:983: recipe for target ‘install-hotplug-test’ failed

    make: *** [install-hotplug-test] Error 1

    what could be done.


    I did all the steps. But I dont know how to add printer at web interface (step 6). 🙂


    open the page “http://localhost:631”, go to the tab “Administration”, click the button “Add Printer”, then follow the instruction. Hope it will help 🙂