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    Default Why HPLIP

    openSUSE 11.1, KDE 4.3.4

    All of a sudden I've got this HPLIP icon in my system tray

    Ok so it's something to do with HP printers, but I never asked for it, I
    don't know what it is supposed to do and, even if I quit the **** thing it
    just gets reinstated when I log in again.
    RMB on the icon brings up a menu offering HP Device Manager ... but
    selecting that doesn't do anything.

    I don't like having applications suddenly appear that I don't know about -
    smacks too much of Microshaft.

    Do I need it (my [HP laserjet] printer isn't connected to this machine) and,
    if not, how do I get rid of it.

    But the real question is why was it installed/activated in the first place
    without any input from me?

    Alan

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    open software management and search for hplip
    and delete them
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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    If you have ever connected to an HP machine, it will have been installed - possibly because an earlier version (which had no systray icon) was installed with a previous version of openSUSE and openSUSE has kindly assumed you will need it again.

    It's actually the way into a range of HP device related software but is pointless if you are never going to be connected to an HP device.

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    click on it with RMB and select HP Device Manager. check whether any printers are on the list. if so, remove them. after that you should be able to turn it off and it shouldn't reappear unless you turn it on. it helps in my case.

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    dafter wrote:

    >
    > click on it with RMB and select HP Device Manager. check whether any
    > printers are on the list. if so, remove them. after that you should be
    > able to turn it off and it shouldn't reappear unless you turn it on. it
    > helps in my case.
    >
    >

    See the original post - the fact that nothing happens when I click on HP
    Device Manager is one of the things that bugs me ;-)

    Alan

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    For some strange reason it takes a right click to open.

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    Just follow Caf's advice, uninstall the hplip packages.
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    If you open the HP Device Manager and go to Edit | Preferences there is a configuration tab called System Tray that allows you to hide the HP icon from the tray. If you don't use HP printers by all means uninstall HPLIP, but for those of us like myself that do hiding the tray works well for me.

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    Default Re: Why HPLIP

    Fudokai wrote:

    > openSUSE 11.1, KDE 4.3.4
    >
    > All of a sudden I've got this HPLIP icon in my system tray
    >
    > Ok so it's something to do with HP printers, but I never asked for it, I
    > don't know what it is supposed to do and, even if I quit the **** thing it
    > just gets reinstated when I log in again.
    > RMB on the icon brings up a menu offering HP Device Manager ... but
    > selecting that doesn't do anything.
    >
    > I don't like having applications suddenly appear that I don't know about -
    > smacks too much of Microshaft.
    >
    > Do I need it (my [HP laserjet] printer isn't connected to this machine)
    > and, if not, how do I get rid of it.
    >
    > But the real question is why was it installed/activated in the first place
    > without any input from me?
    >
    > Alan


    Ppl keep saying click on HP Device Manager in the HPLIP menu
    I do but nothing happens - no windows open, no bells sound, no messages, da
    nada!

    Alan

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