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Old 01-14-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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slackware 9.1 printing


Hello again!

I have a Lexmark z12 printer on parport 1 (says parport0 on startup) and it doesn't work right off the bat. I have never been able to print in linux but if someone could help me or at least try it would be great.


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Old 01-14-2004, 06:26 PM   #2
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Try http://www.linuxprinting.org That'll keep you in reading material for a while. They explain how to get CUPS working and give you a pointer for drivers too
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:27 PM   #3
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yeah i've done that all before on 9.0 and it never ended up working....

is there no SIMPLE way?!?
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:31 PM   #4
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The only way I got printers to work easily was with Mandrake. I pointed and clicked a few times and it pulled up the HP, Lexmark, and the shitty Canon I had. All that is history now, though. You might wanna check out the Gentoo forums. They're friendly and helpful and their source-based install philosophy might lend itself to good explanations of the root of things.

One FLASH! You have enabled parport in your kernel. Did you compile in parport_pc ?
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:35 PM   #5
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dunno....would slack have asked me to?
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:38 PM   #6
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Never installed it, so I'm not an expert in the install procedure. Possibly, but it may have been overlooked. In my Debian Woody install, it was easy to miss, as you go through the menus picking what you think oyu need in the kernel, and some of the stuff is not descriptive as to what it is. Better to check your dmesg output and see if it loads (lsmod first and see if its loaded as a module)
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:39 PM   #7
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yep parport_pc and parport are both up and running....
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:45 PM   #8
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Look what I found! http://www.linuxprinting.org/piperma...q3/001137.html This is a post I googled with the terms 'slackware lexmark z12' Seems that your printer won't work as is. You'll have to modify the source. Looks like the instructions are useful enough to get somewhere...
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:47 PM   #9
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well this is sweet!

can you tell me what ghostscript is...and how do i compile the script that i have to edit?
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:50 PM   #10
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I'll have to get back to you on that. Ghostscript is the open version of Adobe's postscript. It needs to be at least emulated so printers can understand their input. That's about all I know of printing for the moment. When I decide what to replace my 4 pieces of junk without ink with, I'll be back with the install details somewhere.lol
 
Old 01-14-2004, 07:11 PM   #11
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ok, i've done all the junk for the ghostscript....but how do i actually get my printer to be seen by the print program in like KWord?
 
Old 01-15-2004, 01:37 PM   #12
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can anyone help me?
 
Old 02-29-2004, 11:25 PM   #13
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use apsfilter

If you are using Slack 9.1, then you also have access to the magic filter called apsfilter. It is a front end to ghostscript that translates many different file formats into postscript format. From postscript, printing is completed using the lpr command.

Apsfilter may not be as popular as CUPS, but it is likely a little easier to set up . it works using just the lpr and lpc set of commands and is very compatible with most applications in X that require a printer. Make sure you have installed apsfilter and lpd from the AP disk set and then you are ready to go to usr/share/apsfilter to start the SETUP procedure. I
Once the ghostscript filter is installed through apsfilter, you only need to use a command like lpr <filename> to print a document of most any type. For manipulating your print queue, you would use the lpc series of commands. If you are interested in this method of printing, you can read more about it at
http://www.apsfilter.org

or just read Patrick Volkerding's instructions about it in his "Welcome to Slackware Linux" e-mail message that is sent to root upon completion of the installation program. Just type in "mail" as root and look at the list of two e-mail messages sent from him. One is for the linux counter and the other contains basic configuration hints and instructions.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 05:05 PM   #14
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arg,

my printer isn't listed in the apsfilter....

lexmark z12
 
Old 03-01-2004, 09:08 PM   #15
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http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...um=Lexmark-Z12

Your printer is not fully operational under linux, but it seems to have some support. I don't know much about printers, but usually following these directions, you can get something happening.
 
  


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