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This is my first time posting, please forgive any mistakes.The first time I heard of Linux was about 5 weeks ago. I mentions to a friend of mine that my laptop was stolen and i had no access to a computer now. He mentioned to me about trying Linux to my ps3. After doing some research on his computer I burned the Linux and installed it on my ps3.
It seems to be working fine except for two things. One, I can not get a printer to work. Two, I can not get flash to work. Of these two things, the most important is the printer. I need to be able to print from my office website.
I have 2 printers. One is epson x7675 on the wireless network, After trying to connect to this one for two weeks i have given up. My other printer is a canon mp620. I have hooked this up to the ps3 via usb. The ps3 OS can print to this printer but the Linux OS does not. You might be thinking why don't i just print from the ps3 browser? well, the ps3 browser is not compatible with my company website and i cannot log in through there.
On the Linux desktop i can see the canon printer, but the Linux lists it as a usb storage drive. when i try to open it, it says there is no media there.
I have no idea what the CUPS thing is that i keep reading on the internet. I have no idea how to use the "terminal".
Can anyone help? or i just dont have the brain capsity to get this working and should find a refurbished windows laptop?
FYI- even with the issues, i really like linux and would prefer to learn about it then going back to windows.
thanks for reading... I dont know if u would need other info but let me know?
I'm very much in the same postition, but have found several things already. When you enter a forum, search for say "CUPS" or "install printer". I know this sounds silly, but it will get you going in reading a lot of background. I'm not now concentrating on getting a printer going, but I've already seen a facility where Linux will actually look for your printer and set up a "generic printer driver". That is if I understood correctly what I read.
Also search on "install USB flash". Try anything - you never know where you land up. In the meantime you also learn how to phrase your search keys. I have found a lot of things by just tripping over them.
Since you like Linux it is a good idea to get involved with searching and finding out about it. It is different from Windows in that you do everything yourself. The benefit is that you gain complete control over your PC, netbook, whatever.