OK, short update as I seem to have reached a (sort of) solution that might benefit others…
Open nautilus and browse to /usr/share/ppd/HP
Find an approriate PPD zip package, in my case I took hp-officejet_g85.ppd.gz, and double-click to open the zip
Extract the PPD to your home directory (by lack of a better location, please advise!)
Connect printer via USB and turn it on
Open a terminal window and enter
sudo hp-setup -i
to start the HP Setup Utility
- You’ll be asked
Enter number 0…2 for connection type (q=quit, enter=usb*) ?
- Response will be depending your printer:
Using connection type: usb
Setting up device: hp:/usb/…?serial=…
Now wait a (in my case) long time for
Please enter a name for this print queue (m=use model name:’…’*, q=quit) ?
and enter the suggested name or any other you like and hit Enter again.
- Now comes the error:
error: No PPD found for model … using old algorithm.
error: Unable to find an appropriate PPD file.
Would you like to specify the path to the correct PPD file to use (y=yes, n=no*, q=quit) ?
Type y to confirm and hit Enter.
- Now type the full path and filename of the previously extracted PPD file after
Please enter the full filesystem path to the PPD file to use (q=quit) :
So in my case it looked like /home/myusername/hp-officejet_g85.ppd
- Answer all remaining questions with a simple Enter and wait (again it might take a while) for the process to terminate.
By now you should have your HP printer listed under Configuration > Printers and a correctly printed test page in the printer tray :)