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Old 05-09-2007, 05:29 AM   #1
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Lexmark Optra E312 printer


Hi again, seem to becoming a regular on this forum. I have an old lexmark optra E312 which I could do with some help to get working.

Those that reply - please don't forget that I'm a newbie. Well, did some research on lexmark - most people seem to be under the impression that lexmark don't do drivers for their printers. This is not entirely the case. A lot of printers are covered by lexmark under linux. My printer is covered on limpus linux, redhat linux, solaris, redflag linux, and suse. My problem is that I have slackware 11 and that there wasn't any driver for me. I could, however, download the driver for red hat, which is as follows: print-drivers-linux-glibc2-x86.rpm.gz

Is there anyone who knows how to rewrite this file so I can use it on slackware? If so, can they give me a detailed description, please.

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Old 05-09-2007, 07:19 AM   #2
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Slackware has package called rpm2tgz which will convert rpm packages to slackware's tgz packages. I haven't used it though but you could test it.
 
Old 05-09-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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re - lexmark

Thanks for the suggestion. I did unpack the file and then convert the file to tar.gz, but I don't no where the file went after converting it?. I tried the process again and I got a message asking if I want to overwrite the tar.gz file? I need some more info on where the file goes, so I can take the next step and try and install it.
 
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Hi again, I have converted the rpm to tar.gz and unpacked it. I am at a bit of a loss to what I should do with the directory now that I have it. Can't see any obvious documents in the directory that might help?! Has anyone any suggestions as how I can add the directory to existing drivers for printers.
 
Old 05-09-2007, 09:42 AM   #5
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try adding the TGZ with pkgtool
 
Old 05-09-2007, 10:27 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip, but I have already tried that. When you use rpm2targz it creates a tar.gz file and not a tgz file which is what is needed with pkginstall?
Any more ideas
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:00 AM   #7
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Hi again, took a look at linux printing org. They had a ppd file for lexmark optra e312, so I downloaded and installed it. Tried to print a letter I had on the computer - just a mass of gobbldy gook?! Why can't I make this work? Is there something I am missing.
Appreciate any more thoughts on this one.
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:55 AM   #8
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I think you need to convert the print job to postscript or whatever the format is IIRC. I haven't used printer in Linux but I recall when you print a job it will convert it to postscript format which the printer can then print. Check that you have ghostscript package installed?
 
Old 05-12-2007, 03:04 PM   #9
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Thanks Zmyrgel, I seem to be getting ahead of myself at the mo. Just done a re-install slackware 11, so I will be a while before I can comment further on your info. Promise to post when I get everything else up and running.

Thanks again for your input.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:26 AM   #10
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Hi again Zymrgel. I am sorry for not replying sooner - been a bit busy with stuff at home. I have tried to install the lexmark e312 on fedora 7. I saw that lexmark e312 was on the list of printers that there were drivers to, so I went ahead and installed my printer. Well, as you may have already guessed, the printer didn't work how I expected. Tried to write a test sheet and ended up with the same result as the last time - about twenty sheets of garbish?!!! Why include a driver for my printer if it doesn't work?!! I am at a loss as to what I should do. I can't afford to keep waisting tons of paper every time I try something new with linux. I am desperately trying to get away from windows, but it would seem they are the only ones that seem to have drivers that work with the lexmark!!! I am prepared to try and try again to make it work, but this is getting silly now.

Have you tried the new fedora7? Have you any more suggestions? I have a lot of patience, but it is wearing a bit thin. Been trying for weeks with Tinksters help to upgrade cups on 2.6.17.13 can't even get that to work. Why should it be so hard to upgrade a package? Sorry, getting a bit side tracked.

If you have any more suggestions, I am only to willing to listen.

bookie

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:30 AM   #11
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.tar.gz and .tgz are interchangable,

you can just rename the .tar.gz file to .tgz to use with pkgtool
 
Old 06-07-2007, 06:32 AM   #12
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To daisy2k1 I have to say that I haven' a clue what you are on about?

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