Originally Posted by Simon Bridge
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:
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
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.
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.