Update: The latest version of hplip has the correct entries in the installer/distros.dat file. Go to the aforementioned link and follow the instructions to install on Ubuntu 10.10 and it should work well for you.
Just bought a new HP Officejet Pro 8500A A910a as my HP PSC1610 finally died after many years of use.
I ended up with the HP Officejet Pro 8500A A910a because I required a printer that would:
- Scan to a network folder for both Windows and Linux (SAMBA)
- Not have to be connected to a computer in order to provide print services to other computers
- The wireless feature on the printer also will allow me to put the printer anywhere in my house
I found with the vanilla install of hplip on Ubuntu (3.10.6-1ubuntu10.1) that it didn’t have the correct PPD installed for printing to my model. So when trying to print to 4x6inch photo paper I got weird margins something like 1/2″ at the bottom and 6mm on both ends and the top instead of the option for full page print or an even border around the photo.
I tried to add the correct PPD but it was complaining about a missing print filter foomatic-rip-hplip
To correct this required downloading and installing hplip-3.10.9 from HP which had it’s own problems because it doesn’t support Ubuntu 10.10 yet.
To install hplip-3.10.9 you need to extract it ( ./hplip-3.10.9.run and it will unpack) and then edit the hplip-3.10.9/installer/distro.dat file to include the correct entries for Ubuntu 10.10. Here is my copy of hplip-3.10.9 distro.dat