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Old 03-05-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Ubuntu printer drivers


I am running an almost 2 year old version of Ubuntu inside XP. Everything works fine except for my Lexmark X3479 printer/copier/scanner. I don't seem to be able to find compatible drivers for it to work in Ubuntu. I get an error message, sometimes. stating that Ubuntu doesn't think my printer is connected.

Any ideas on how I can get my printer to work while in Ubuntu?

Thanks,

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Old 03-05-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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Specify which version of Ubuntu you are using.

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I get an error message, sometimes. stating that Ubuntu doesn't think my printer is connected.
Make sure it is plugged in, connected to the computer and turned on and also, is this on a network or just connected to your desktop?

It would be helpful to keep notes of the method you are using, the steps you take and what results you get. If you get error messages, what are they? Often you may not find a driver for the exact printer but something close may work.
 
Old 03-05-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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Try installing and running printconf. If your printer still doesn't work, try going to http://localhost:631 and configuring it there.

I searched http://www.openprinting.org/printers...cturer/Lexmark and couldn't find your exact printer listed. However, a lot of Lexmark printers are listed; so, maybe yours will work.

Last edited by mark_alfred; 03-05-2010 at 07:06 PM.
 
Old 03-06-2010, 09:08 AM   #4
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Specify which version of Ubuntu you are using.

I am using version 8.04

Make sure it is plugged in, connected to the computer and turned on and also, is this on a network or just connected to your desktop?

It is plugged in, and works fine when I switch to XP.

It would be helpful to keep notes of the method you are using, the steps you take and what results you get. If you get error messages, what are they? Often you may not find a driver for the exact printer but something close may work.
Good suggestions, thanks.
 
Old 03-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #5
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Try installing and running printconf. If your printer still doesn't work, try going to http://localhost:631 and configuring it there.

I installed printconf, didn't seem to help, then went to loclahost:631 to try and get it working. That did not get it working either. Localhost:631 gave me the most hope, but Ubuntu is still not communicating with Lexmark x3470.
I noticed I mistyped the model before and wrote x3479. I find info on the Lexmark 3400 series, so the exact number is probably not that crucial.



I searched http://www.openprinting.org/printers...cturer/Lexmark and couldn't find your exact printer listed. However, a lot of Lexmark printers are listed; so, maybe yours will work.
Thank you for your help, I appreciate it.
 
Old 03-06-2010, 10:16 AM   #6
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Specify which version of Ubuntu you are using.



Make sure it is plugged in, connected to the computer and turned on and also, is this on a network or just connected to your desktop?

It would be helpful to keep notes of the method you are using, the steps you take and what results you get. If you get error messages, what are they? Often you may not find a driver for the exact printer but something close may work.
The error message I get is this:

Not Connected?
Printer '__3400 Series may not be connected.
 
Old 03-06-2010, 11:08 AM   #7
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I installed printconf, didn't seem to help,
Just installing it isn't enough -- you also need to run it. So, in your terminal, run the command
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sudo printconf
 
Old 03-06-2010, 11:54 AM   #8
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Just installing it isn't enough -- you also need to run it. So, in your terminal, run the command
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sudo printconf
When I did that, I got this message:

Unable to read printer database. Please ensure the "foomatic-db" package is
installed properly.

How do I find "foomatic-db" and make sure it gets installed properly?

Again, thanks for your insight, and patience.
 
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foomatic-db is a package, so you can install it as you would install any other package on your system (IE, via synaptic, apt-get, or aptitude).

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Old 03-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #10
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Also you'll need to install the foomatic-db-engine, and then printconf should work. However, there may not be a working linux driver for your printer from this database of openprinting.org drivers. I searched the Lexmark site for drivers from them for the x3470 printer, and couldn't find any. I did find some linux drivers for some other Lexmark printers, but none for the x3470. So, you may simply be shit outta luck.

Last edited by mark_alfred; 03-06-2010 at 12:25 PM. Reason: corrected a grammar error
 
Old 03-06-2010, 05:05 PM   #11
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Also you'll need to install the foomatic-db-engine, and then printconf should work. However, there may not be a working linux driver for your printer from this database of openprinting.org drivers. I searched the Lexmark site for drivers from them for the x3470 printer, and couldn't find any. I did find some linux drivers for some other Lexmark printers, but none for the x3470. So, you may simply be shit outta luck.
Thanks for the new tips, I will take care of them tomorrow. I did some more research myself and found that you're probably right about no existing Linux driver for my particular Lexmark printer. If that's the case, and it appears to be, I'll install these other items and be ready if/when a driver for my Lexmark printer ever becomes available...or I get another printer.

Thanks again for all your assistance!
 
Old 03-07-2010, 12:18 PM   #12
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Also you'll need to install the foomatic-db-engine, and then printconf should work. However, there may not be a working linux driver for your printer from this database of openprinting.org drivers. I searched the Lexmark site for drivers from them for the x3470 printer, and couldn't find any. I did find some linux drivers for some other Lexmark printers, but none for the x3470. So, you may simply be shit outta luck.
Well, after doing everything suggested, still not working. Must be that there is no working driver for my particular printer.

I appreciate your guidance.
 
  


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