Recently I switched to a new mobo and Core i3 processor. Was running fully updated PCLOS KDE but the HD would not boot when installed in new system.
Okay, I downloaded PCLOS KDE 2012.02 mini and finally got it to boot by using video safe mode fbdev option. Looked great, so I installed to HD. (Regretfully, because I lost all previous installed apps. Such is life.) Did the mandatory update and reboot and started loading the apps I needed which the mini version had not supplied. Lots of work but ticking along just fine.
Then I realized that I had no printer installed. Mine is an HP 930c and was listed correctly by lsusb. But in PCC > Hardware > Install printer I found an icon with a plus and a minus sign. This icon was totally inoperative. It did nothing. I installed hplip, cups, a bunch of stuff, but nothing helped. I installed task-hp-printer (or whatever it's called) and that pulled in more stuff, but that icon in PCC > Hardware was still dead as a doornail.
In desperation I selected everything in Synaptic which had anything to do with printers (except things which were obviously only for other printers than mine) and that pulled in a ton of packages. Well, somewhere in that great mass of software was the thing that was needed. In PCC > Hardware, the icon for the printer installation was now different, and allowed me to install and configure my printer with no problem.
So, I'm a happy camper now, mostly. I have a bunch of stuff on my hard drive that I don't really need, but that's life, I guess.
NOW THEN, I wanted to follow this thing a little farther, so I downloaded the iso's for the full KDE version (2012.02) and for both the full and the mini versions of the LXDE variant (2012.06). The mini versions of both KDE and LXDE, in PCC > Hardware, have that totally dead icon with the plus and minus signs for Install Printer. But the full versions of both KDE and LXDE have the functioning icon.
Upshot: I could have saved several hours' time and perplexity by using the full version instead of the mini version.
I realize that the mini version is marked for experts, and I humbly admit that I'm not an expert, but why oh why could not the mini version have permitted installation of the printer the way the full version does?