Thanks for everyones help, much appreciated. I found some new things I like about Mint, while working on my problem but... I still don't have the ability to scan or fax.
Here's what I know now.
but the hp software is installed.
I went to this site http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/modelsand
tried to install drivers because mine were a few versions old. Installation stopped
warning: There are 7 missing REQUIRED dependencies.
note: Installation of dependencies requires an active internet connection.
warning: Missing REQUIRED dependency: gcc (gcc - GNU Project C and C++ Compiler)
warning: This installer cannot install 'gcc' for your distro/OS and/or version.
error: Installation cannot continue without this dependency. Please manually install this dependency and re-run this installer.
So, I opened up package manager and installed hplip-gui and its requirements. Software was installed but doesn't recognized the printer at all. The printer was recongnized when Mint 7 was installed (so I can print) but still no scanner or fax capabilites. I'm out of ideas.
Mint 7 - Main - 32bit
P4 2.8 proc
800 mghz front side bus