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Old 07-09-2004, 01:23 PM   #1
mgunkel58
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Question Using Lexmark Printer Driver


I have recently installed SuSE Linux 9.1 personal edition. The documentation DOES unequivocally state that my printer, Lexmark Z25, is not supported. However, it also states that I should be able to use this printer with a device driver downloaded from Lexmark. I've downloaded this driver, but have no idea what to do with it! Thanks in advance for any help.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 02:41 PM   #2
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I am not sure if you have printer configuration wizard (GUI...as it would be much easier). Do you have CUPS installed. If it is installed you can run the printer configuration wizard and select Lexmark. I think I've seen support for Z25 in CUPS.

Also look at www.linuxprinting.org. One another things...try locating gimp-print using the command

# locate gimp-print

If you have gimp-print installed...you most probably have support for various printers installed and you wont have to download anything. You'll only have to run the Printer Configuration Wizard.

I have a Lexmark X63 on RH9 and i followed the above procedure to configure my printer.

Good luck!!!
 
Old 07-09-2004, 04:29 PM   #3
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Thanx, tuxrules. I still have problems, but I think I'm making progress

First, I don't have 'locate' - wtf?

Second, I ended up having to reinstall cups from my CD - just a note, it asked for CD 1 but really wanted CD 2!

Now, in my error_log, it tells me that 'Media Tray Empty' . Before you ask, yes it's turned on, is online, and has paper in it. And yes, it's got ink. Any suggestions?
Thanx again
 
Old 07-10-2004, 02:41 PM   #4
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Unfortunately...no new suggestion. Have you tried googling for an answer. Also try to search this forum. There are hundreds and hundreds of threads and you might find something that's like your problem. But for me...it beats me. I am a newbie too...I am sorry to disappoint you.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 08:23 PM   #5
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help from a n00b?!

hi there..

i also have this lexmark Z25 printer... one hell of a pain to get working... but i did get it to spit out some paper with some ink on it... let me see if i can remember what i did... forgive me if i am not technical enough but i am like a week old in linux.. one hectic week with lot of learning... btw... i am on mandrake 10 ... i hope this will help though...

first i got the driver from lexmark... which is for Z35... but anyways thats the one they had for Z25... so u unpack the tar.gz file.. and u get the .sh file... this is where i was stuck for ages... i couldnt unpack this with a simple sh filename command... it would give an error about not finding lexinstall dir or something like that... so u should go sh filename -keep ... it will still give an error but ignore that... it will unpack to a folder and in that folder are 2 rpm files... install those... i dont remember the command...

then configure the printer to work with CUPS and you should abe able to print!! u have to do this in a browser... kinda cool configuring your printer in opera... ;-)

i printed the test page... came out ok... printed 2 more pages.. and then after that it just refused to work... very strange indeed... really have no idea why... maybe you can help me now... :-) tried everything... guess i'll try rebooting... maybe something crashed?? another strange thing is it takes an awful long time from when i click print to the thing actually printing... minutes... but at least it does... or did rather..

ok.. hope this helps you out... for the rest of you if u r using linux exclusively ... be careful what printer u buy... coz this lexmark Z25 even had tux on the box n everything but support for it is lacking in a big way for linux... so learn from my mistake and choose wisely..

later peeps
 
Old 08-15-2004, 08:55 AM   #6
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Hello,

I have been reading a post of yours on LinuxQuestions.org recently on how to install a Lexmark Z25. I have one of those, but am stumped in the same place you were. I am only new to linux (3 Days) and would like some help... I have downloaded the driver, extracted it, and there is a file called lexmarkz35-CUPS-2.0-1.gz.sh.

This is where I get stuck. You say that you have to ´extract´ that file in your post. How the hell you go about doing that I have no idea....so, this is where I need help please. I have never used the ´Run Command´ or terminal before, so if it involves that, please go slow and clear. I need to ´extract´ that file. If you have time, and are willing, please email me back on how to go about doing this.

Thanks for your time, and thanks in advance.
sugar05
hi sugar05

1st of all let me say that also very new to linux too and can barely do anything without help and some good amount of research... 2nd. my computer's mother board blew and so i dont have a linux box in which i can try and experiment and find an answer for you... i am using a friend's win98 machine... for 3 weeks now... so i'm too rusty...

so... you've got to give info to help others help you... by this i mean what distribution are you using... i think things are done slightly differently from distro to distro.. the command you could try using is

sh <file path and name> -keep

to be 'slow and clear'... open terminal.. and type 'su' (without quotations) to log in as root... lets say the file is in /home/sugar directory then your command would be
sh /home/sugar/lexmarkz35-CUPS-2.0-1.gz.sh -keep
or at least if i remember it right i hope... ignore the errors it gives.. this should create a folder containing 2 rpm files... after this, in mandrake, it was simply a matter of right click and using software installer.. there is a command to install rpm packages too but i dont remember that... you can search on the net for the commands.. i have some usefull sites in my bookmarks.. but my box is dead for the time being...

finally for a newbie like u and me i would strongly suggest a distro like mandrake or suse... and if u need more help ask here on the forum.. there are many (more experienced) people out there are willing to help... or you could use IRC... i mostly go to DALNet in the #linux chatroom... no shortage of cool, friendly and helpfull people there...

hope this helps... sorry for being 'unbrief'... if you need more help dont hesitate to ask... (but to avoid stepping on toes, search first )

peace
 
Old 08-30-2004, 04:27 PM   #7
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Yer, thanks for that.
I'm still slowly making progress. I have managed to extract the .gz.sh file (I think) using the konsole commands you gave me. Came up with an error code (as expected). Number 127 if I remember rightly. It says it has extracted the installer, but where???? I go to the location of the .gz.sh file and nothing new is there. I have done a full system search for installer, and still no luck, however when I try re-extracting the file, it says there is an error because the filename 'installer' already exists. Am I looking in the wrong place??? Any Comments/Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 09-04-2004, 07:30 PM   #8
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Anyone using Debian can get instructions here:

http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/.../msg03354.html
 
  


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