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Old 04-24-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Having prob. installing a Ricoh AP206 laser printer / parallel [SOLVED]


Running PCLinuxOS on a Core Duo w/ 1 Gb. RAM. Already have an HPDeskjet 990C installed through the KDE printers menu/wizard but when i run it again to install my Ricoh, it doesn't recognize any parallel ports.

This is a result of my lspci:

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[frazelle09@LaGrandota ~]$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV44A [GeForce 6200] (rev a1)
i'm pretty new at this, but from some of the other posts it doesn't look like i have anything installed that has to do with a parallel port.

i have Synaptic but if i'm missing a driver, it would be good to know which one to install.

i'm already aware that CUPS doesn't have any AP206 drivers; do you suppose i could use the Generic PostScript one?

Have a great afternoon!

Edit.. This is what i found installed (i checked this with Synaptic)

"libieee1284 is a cross-platform library for parallel port access"

i also used Terminal to run something else i found in the forums..

modprobe lp

which came up empty! Now what?

Last edited by frazelle09; 04-24-2009 at 11:56 PM. Reason: update
 
Old 04-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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I checked openprinting.org for your printer. They say that there is a CUPS driver for it.

http://openprinting.org/show_printer...or_Laser_AP206

You can access the CUPS web administrator interface by pointing your browser to localhost:631 as long as the cupsd daemon is running. This will allow you to create a printer in your local configuration. The interface is pretty easy to figure out, really. The only thing is that when you want to make a change it will give you a login pop up window. I use the root account. You can add the lpadmin group to your normal user account and use that to modify CUPS on your machine.

Check Google for detailed instructions. I'm sure they're out there.
 
Old 04-24-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying stress! Uh, i had tried the 631 webbased interfase, but it doesn't list the AP206 under Ricoh printers.

The website link you provided sends me to this one

http://support.ricoh.com/bb/html/dr_...206/p206en.htm

which provides drivers for a variety of OSs, mostly Win and Mac.

In the 631 webpage there is a Generic option and under that there are many possibilities. i'll try some and see what happens.

Thanks again for replying so fast! And, have a great evening!
 
Old 04-24-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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Wow! i can't believe it! This time i used the webbased GUI, selected Generic printer and selected one of the PostScript drivers and printed a Test Page and it worked!

Yea Linux!

Thanks again stress junkie and have a great evening!
 
  


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