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Before switching from Ubuntu 15.10 to Ubuntu 16.04 all three connected printers were working. They still work with the parallel installed Mint 17.

Is there a way to get them work again under Ubuntu 16.04? Which additional information do I have to post?

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  • Do the printers still show up in the printers control panel? I didn't have these problems with 16.04, but when printers stopped working after an upgrade, deleting them from the control panel and reinstalling them was working every time and the easiest and fastest way.
    – emk2203
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 20:29
  • No printer is showing up.
    – Ulrich
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 20:49
  • Maybe you chose the default settings during the upgrade instead of keeping yours. Just reinstalling the printers should be fine.
    – emk2203
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 20:51
  • How can I reinstall them, if Ubuntu does nor find any of them?
    – Ulrich
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 20:55
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    It most probably works from the fresh start. Next time, getting rid of CUPS by apt purge cups cups-client cups-bsd and also apt purge hplip hpijs printer-driver-gutenprint if needed and then reinstalling these packages by apt install instead of purge should get the job done as well. Also drastic, but at least not a complete reinstall.
    – emk2203
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 13:05

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I followed @emk2203 suggestion and it worked.

Fresh start

Purge

sudo apt purge cups cups-client cups-bsd
sudo apt purge hplip hpijs printer-driver-gutenprint

Install

sudo apt install cups cups-client cups-bsd
sudo apt install hplip hpijs printer-driver-gutenprint

Then my printer could be found with nmap.

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    This appears to no longer work on Ubuntu 16-04. Instead, doing just the purges mentioned above followed by sudo apt install printer-driver-hpijs seemed to do the trick.
    – Vala
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 9:51
  • @Thor84no I had a fresh install and did not have any prior settings. Only your command worked for me. Thanks!
    – Aakash
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 14:38

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