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Old 10-13-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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printer setup problems on fedora 15


I have an old hp 612c deskjet connected to the lpt1 port.I have downloaded the drivers from HP but do not know how to install them nor can I get the printer set up. can anybody give me any help or suggestions(appropriate suggestions
 
Old 10-13-2011, 03:21 PM   #2
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After thinking about this, I am curious what kind of computer you are using? Most computers nowadays don't have parallel ports, yet you said that it is connected to the "ltp1" port. Can you please clarify what you mean by this? Are you actually using the parallel port, or usb? How old is your computer?
 
Old 10-13-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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Yes I am using a parallel port.My wife works for a vet and he gave her three old computers and I put some goodies inside. I ended up with 7 computers and decided to try linux and stop swearing at bill gates. anyway it is hard to start anything but so far I am loving it.
 
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Well how old is the computer? I ask because Fedora 15 might be too much for it. You may want to use a different distro that will be easier to handle the older hardware without using up too many resources. But as far as the printer goes, you shouldn't need to download any drivers from the website, as this is an older printer, and the driver comes with fedora. You just need to install your printer through cups, and if it does not detect what model it is, you just need to manually select the make and model, and the driver.

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:48 PM   #5
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O k here's what I did. I thought I would try it one more time before I went to a network printer.I tried to install the printer and saw the name of my printer was now listed, so I clicked on it, used the cups address ,it asked if I wanted to install the drivers,I clicked yes and now I have a printer.I wanted to use this printer because it is no longer supported, but I have five ink carts for it and don't like to waste. When I run out of ink I will toss the printer and use my new printer,that's connected to my windows box, as a network printer.As for the computer being old, true and if I find I really like linux I will move to a newer box. Thank you for your quick response to a request for help. I will mark this solved
 
Old 10-13-2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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fedora 15 ? might ? have a problem with the old hardware .
now i have a old box with a HP 960c(parallel port) and fedora 11 32 bit was the last version of fedora i ran on it

currently I have ScientificLinux 6.1 32 bit running on it and the HP printer is auto setup

but in 15 a lot of things did change ? so ....


the specs on these three old computers would help .That way we can point you to a OS best suited for the hardware .

It looks from your first post that fedora15 did install, so you MUST have at least 1 gig of ram ( 640 min) .

with fedora ( and ,red hat ,cent ,and Scientificlinux)
you normally do not grab software off some web site .You use "yum" and the fedora software repos to install the programs

all the hp cups drivers are in the base fedora repo
and should have been installed at the time of the OS install - that is the default behavior of the installer

so for the printer
Code:
su -
yum search HP
that should return all the hp related cups you are looking "hpijs "
however that IS part of hplip( installed by default )
so if hplip IS installed then it just needs configuring

the easiest way is the web interface
click on the link below - it WILL be YOUR computer
http://localhost:631/

and set it up
 
  


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