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Old 04-02-2010, 04:29 PM   #1
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Install Lexmark Z43 printer


Gentleman:

Have Lexmark Z43 printer.
Works fine when used with Win XP
Want to use with it with Ubuntu 8.04
Installed printer using Drivers for Lexmark Z43 available in 8.04
When attempting to print letter, starts to print then stops before completing letter.
Green light on printer begins to blink when this happens.
When printer used with Win XP this suggest the printer, PC link has been lost.
Checked all connections, All good

Appreciate any suggestions.
 
Old 04-03-2010, 03:23 AM   #2
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Installed printer using Drivers for Lexmark Z43 available in 8.04
Where did you get the drivers from and how did you install?

I'm guessing you used the 8.04 LTS driver in the CD that came with the printer.

Ubuntu already has support for your printer in Gutenprint - see the open printing database for details. If gutenprint is not installed, install it with synaptic.
 
Old 04-05-2010, 08:15 AM   #3
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Printer insatllation

Mr. Bridge:
Appreciate your responses to my query.

As a Newbie I followed the steps for installation of a new printer.
(e.g. System>Admin.>Printer>New printer)
I used the Divers available in the Ubuntu 8.04 data base.
(Lexmark Z43-CUPS +Gutenprint V5..0.2[En]

I did not use the CD that came with the printer
The Z43 printer is at least seven years old so I assumed the drivers available in Ubuntu are well developed.

After completing installation, when I hit Print Test Page the printer moves the cartridge to the extreme left and stops. The green light on the printer then starts to blink suggesting the link between the printer and PC has dropped out.
At other times it will start to print and then stop after completing half a page

As suggested I searched the Forum and could not find any relevant entries.

Ed
 
Old 04-06-2010, 02:04 AM   #4
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Open up synaptic and enter "gootenprint" into tho quick search box - install missing elements. Particularly:

cups-driver-gutenprint
foomatic-db-gutenprint
 
Old 04-09-2010, 07:30 AM   #5
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Install Lexmark Z43 Printer

Mr. Bridge:

As per your suggestion: Using “Search” in the “Synaptic Package Manager” produced a screen with “Gootenprint” in the left hand window of “Synaptic” but nothing in the other two windows. (lower right window stated “No Package is selected”)

Hi lighted Gootenprint and tried several ways to open the package. Both of the right hand windows remained blank I was never able to find a place or screen that would enable me to install the missing elements:
Cups-driver- gutenprint and footmatic-db- gutenprint
Would appreciate some direction as to where or how to install these elements.

Thank you Ed
 
Old 04-09-2010, 07:53 AM   #6
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Next to the "search" button there is a field called "quick search" with an insertion point in it - type your term in there: do not click "search", just wait a bit.

It is OK to use the full search - this will indeed put "gutenprint" in the lh window, a list of packages in the rh-top window, and only "no package selected" in the rh-bottom window. This is normal.

To select a package, click on its line in the rh-top window. It's description will appear in the bottom window.

To select it for installation, click the check box to the left of the package name. You will get a dialog asking what you want to do - select install. That will mark the package for installation and activate the "apply" option in the toolbar.

When you have all the packages you want to try, click "apply".


OR: use the commandline ... open a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint
 
Old 04-13-2010, 07:56 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simon Bridge View Post
Next to the "search" button there is a field called "quick search" with an insertion point in it - type your term in there: do not click "search", just wait a bit.

It is OK to use the full search - this will indeed put "gutenprint" in the lh window, a list of packages in the rh-top window, and only "no package selected" in the rh-bottom window. This is normal.

To select a package, click on its line in the rh-top window. It's description will appear in the bottom window.

To select it for installation, click the check box to the left of the package name. You will get a dialog asking what you want to do - select install. That will mark the package for installation and activate the "apply" option in the toolbar.

When you have all the packages you want to try, click "apply".


OR: use the commandline ... open a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint
Mr. Bridge
Following the suggestions in the above, a “Search” in Synaptic Package Mgr. for “Gutenprint” did indeed display the entries associated with this package in the RH window.

footmatic-db-gutenprint was listed and checked for installation

However: cups-driver-gutenprint was not listed
Instead I selected a close match namely:
cupsys-driver-gutenprint 5.0.2ubuntu1

A test run after “Apply” did not alter the results The printer would print 25% to 50% of the text and then stop.

Followed this by using “Terminal” and command line to enter:
sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint

As shown in the response below the system was unable to find;
cups-driver-gutenprint

Below is a copy of the system response when “Terminal” command line input was used.

edward@edward-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint
[sudo] password for edward:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package cups-driver-gutenprint

edward@edward-desktop:~$

Appreciate your readiness to help with this problem
Ed.
 
Old 04-15-2010, 02:05 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mitduffy View Post
Mr. Bridge
Following the suggestions in the above, a “Search” in Synaptic Package Mgr. for “Gutenprint” did indeed display the entries associated with this package in the RH window.

footmatic-db-gutenprint was listed and checked for installation

However: cups-driver-gutenprint was not listed
Instead I selected a close match namely:
cupsys-driver-gutenprint 5.0.2ubuntu1
That is a dummy package is provided for a smooth transition from the previous cupsys-driver-gutenprint package (the package is replaced by
cups-driver-gutenprint). It may safely be removed after installation.

[quote]

E: Couldn't find package cups-driver-gutenprint

[quote]
Go to software sources and enable repos.
 
Old 04-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=Simon Bridge;3936061]That is a dummy package is provided for a smooth transition from the previous cupsys-driver-gutenprint package (the package is replaced by
cups-driver-gutenprint). It may safely be removed after installation.

[quote]

E: Couldn't find package cups-driver-gutenprint

Quote:
Go to software sources and enable repos.
Mr. Bridge:

Apologize for the delayed response but have been trying to find a way to implement the suggestion provided

Went to System>Administration>Software Sources (in Ubuntu 8.04)
Searched around but unable to find window with listing and check-off box for installation of: “repos”.

Went to Snyamptic Pkg. Mgr. did search on “repos”
Window opened which listed: “apt-rpm-repository”.
Installed this element.

Unfortunately did not solve the problem. Printer starts then immediately stops.

Ed
 
Old 04-20-2010, 08:05 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=mitduffy;3940671][QUOTE=Simon Bridge;3936061]That is a dummy package is provided for a smooth transition from the previous cupsys-driver-gutenprint package (the package is replaced by
cups-driver-gutenprint). It may safely be removed after installation.

Quote:

E: Couldn't find package cups-driver-gutenprint



Mr. Bridge:

Apologize for the delayed response but have been trying to find a way to implement the suggestion provided

Went to System>Administration>Software Sources (in Ubuntu 8.04)
Searched around but unable to find window with listing and check-off box for installation of: “repos”.

Went to Snyamptic Pkg. Mgr. did search on “repos”
Window opened which listed: “apt-rpm-repository”.
Installed this element.

Unfortunately did not solve the problem. Printer starts then immediately stops.

Ed
What Simon Bridge meant when he wrote "install repos" in an earlier post is that he wanted you to check to make sure all the necessary repositories were enabled in Software Sources. (Repositories are servers that contain software packages you can download and install via the internet using Synaptic Package Manager or via apt-get). The reason he asked you to do this was because of the error message you posted when you tried:
Code:
sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint
You can confirm that you have the correct repositories enabled by going through the menu System>Administration>Software Sources and, on the Ubuntu Software tab, confirming that the top five boxes are checked. (My guess is that they are.) You did not need to install "apt-rpm-repository". In fact I think you received an error message because there is no such package named "cups-driver-gutenprint" in the Ubuntu Hardy Heron repositories. The correct package that you should already have installed on your computer is "cupsys-driver-gutenprint".

What's going on is that the other responders in this thread are trying to help you make sure that you have the correct driver(s) installed for your printer. From what you've posted my guess is that the correct drivers and packages are already installed and that the problem you're having is caused by either a bug in the software or something more complicated. Rather than printing a test page via System>Adminstration>Printers, have you tried printing out a text-only document from - say Gedit? Try: Applications>Accesories>Text Editor - type some text and then try to print it. Does the same problem occur? Also, try going into your printer settings and disabling color printing. See if the your problem still occurs if you print only in black-and-white or grayscale. Also see if there's a setting for "RAW" mode; if there is, enable it and see if that solves your problem. Before printing, in a terminal try
Code:
tail -f /var/log/messages
This has no effect on your issue, but the output may give you a clue as to what's choking up when you try to print. You can end the log output by clicking within the same terminal window where you typed "tail -f /var/log/messages" and then simultaneously pressing both the "ctrl" and "z" keys on your keyboard.

FYI, I had one of these Lexmark printers a while ago and I had a *lot* of trouble getting it to print in Linux. I'm not sure if any of this will solve your problem, but give those suggestions a shot and post back the results.

Last edited by klytu; 04-20-2010 at 02:43 PM.
 
Old 05-01-2010, 04:47 PM   #11
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Just email lexmark tech and tell your problem and they will give you easy to use info..I did when others started getting all tech on me when I tried to install my lexmark pro 205 on freespire. Their info was easy a more valuable all links I read.
 
Old 05-08-2010, 06:53 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=klytu;3941381][QUOTE=mitduffy;3940671]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simon Bridge View Post
That is a dummy package is provided for a smooth transition from the previous cupsys-driver-gutenprint package (the package is replaced by
cups-driver-gutenprint). It may safely be removed after installation.



What Simon Bridge meant when he wrote "install repos" in an earlier post is that he wanted you to check to make sure all the necessary repositories were enabled in Software Sources. (Repositories are servers that contain software packages you can download and install via the internet using Synaptic Package Manager or via apt-get). The reason he asked you to do this was because of the error message you posted when you tried:
Code:
sudo apt-get install cups-driver-gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint
You can confirm that you have the correct repositories enabled by going through the menu System>Administration>Software Sources and, on the Ubuntu Software tab, confirming that the top five boxes are checked. (My guess is that they are.) You did not need to install "apt-rpm-repository". In fact I think you received an error message because there is no such package named "cups-driver-gutenprint" in the Ubuntu Hardy Heron repositories. The correct package that you should already have installed on your computer is "cupsys-driver-gutenprint".

What's going on is that the other responders in this thread are trying to help you make sure that you have the correct driver(s) installed for your printer. From what you've posted my guess is that the correct drivers and packages are already installed and that the problem you're having is caused by either a bug in the software or something more complicated. Rather than printing a test page via System>Adminstration>Printers, have you tried printing out a text-only document from - say Gedit? Try: Applications>Accesories>Text Editor - type some text and then try to print it. Does the same problem occur? Also, try going into your printer settings and disabling color printing. See if the your problem still occurs if you print only in black-and-white or grayscale. Also see if there's a setting for "RAW" mode; if there is, enable it and see if that solves your problem. Before printing, in a terminal try
Code:
tail -f /var/log/messages
This has no effect on your issue, but the output may give you a clue as to what's choking up when you try to print. You can end the log output by clicking within the same terminal window where you typed "tail -f /var/log/messages" and then simultaneously pressing both the "ctrl" and "z" keys on your keyboard.

FYI, I had one of these Lexmark printers a while ago and I had a *lot* of trouble getting it to print in Linux. I'm not sure if any of this will solve your problem, but give those suggestions a shot and post back the results.
Gentlemen:
Apologize for the delay. Appreciate the willingness to continue helping to solve this problem.
Unfortunately without the capability to print a document I will be unable to use Ubuntu.

As per your suggestions.
After entering the command “tail -f /var/log/messages” I attempted to print Open Office document.
Started to print and then would stop after 25 to 50% complete

Below is the print out associated with the command “tail -f /var/log/messages”

Don't understand details of statements but it appears to me that line 1 & 2 are set up commands for initiating the printer.
Also looks like line 3 indicates that the printer and computer have lost their connection.

Believe the statements that follow: 4, 5, etc., are associated with my turning off the printer and restating it.

1- May 5 11:05:39 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1701.369527] usblp0: nonzero read bulk status received: -84
2- May 5 11:05:39 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1701.369567] usblp0: nonzero write bulk status received: -71
3- May 5 11:05:39 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1701.496439] usb 1-1.3: USB disconnect, address 8
4- May 5 11:05:39 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1701.497132] usblp0: removed
5- May 5 11:05:49 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1711.314084] usb 1-1.3: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 9
6- May 5 11:05:49 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1711.440448] usb 1-1.3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
7- May 5 11:05:49 edward-desktop kernel: [ 1711.456263] usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 9 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x043D pid 0x0053

Following this, as suggested, I tried printing a text file. Saw thermometer type bar indicate that file transfer was taking place but nothing happened after that. There wasn’t even the usual paper feed that proceeds printing. Suspect I may be doing something wrong.

There were no entries in the “tail -f /var/log/messages” listing associated with this print command.
 
Old 05-08-2010, 07:17 AM   #13
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Just email lexmark tech and tell your problem and they will give you easy to use info..I did when others started getting all tech on me when I tried to install my lexmark pro 205 on freespire. Their info was easy a more valuable all links I read.
Mr. lalomdejimmy:

Thanks for the promising tip.
Unfortunately Lexmark’s response to my query stated that they do not have Ubuntu drivers for the Z43 printer.

No matter: I certainly do appreciate your taking the time to send along a useful suggestion
EDS
 
Old 05-14-2010, 12:19 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mitduffy View Post
Mr. lalomdejimmy:

Thanks for the promising tip.
Unfortunately Lexmark’s response to my query stated that they do not have Ubuntu drivers for the Z43 printer.

No matter: I certainly do appreciate your taking the time to send along a useful suggestion
EDS
If I were you I wouldn't waste any more of your time trying to find any Lexmark driver. I have found that Lexmark is not "Linux friendly". My son has several models of Lexmark printers and I have yet to be able to connect successfully to any of them from Ubuntu. I would think seriously of going to another brand of printer.

Good luck!
 
Old 05-14-2010, 01:28 AM   #15
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Ditto that - I have never had any luck with lexmark printers so I was very surprised to see the open printing database saying that this one was well supported. I guess they are wrong - someone tell them to retest?
 
  


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