Well don't re-install just yet unless you like the exercise
CUPS can be a bit overwhelming to start with but when you get to understand the basics it works extremely well. CUPS the only program that has not let me down on printers, if I have a problem here I am in real trouble.
Search the forum on printers there will be a lot of information, but a hint.
Administration -> Add a printer
password: <your administrator password>
Then follow your nose.
Would be handy to know if you are you good at using the command line or working in a konsole?