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Old 08-10-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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Question Locating printer drivers for Ubuntu on PowerMac


I've taken an old PowerMac G3 that was being dumped and installed Ubuntu Linux 6.06.1 LTS on it. The installation went as a charm; all HW was detected automatically – it even autodetected an old Microsoft wireless mouse I had lying around.

Now I want to install my ethernet-connected Lexmark E120n printer, but that proved difficult. I tried locating drivers on the Lexmark homepage and found Debian drivers. Since Ubuntu is built on Debian I figured that it would work – however, only i386 drivers are supplied.

What do I do? Is there some collection of Linux drivers out there that I don't know about? I've considered attaching the printer directly to the Mac using USB to see if Ubuntu will automagically locate and download the drivers, but I would like to solve this problem "manually" if possible.

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Old 08-11-2007, 02:16 AM   #2
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Try OpenPrinting (formerly LinuxPrinting.org)

Lexmark printers are not all that well supported in Linux, but your model seems to be
 
Old 08-11-2007, 08:37 AM   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I know I haven't made this too easy on myself, choosing the G3 as my first Linux box, but I'm still hoping I can get it to work.

I looked through the OpenPrinting database and found the E120n in there. However, there was no actual driver, only a reference to a "Recommended driver: pxlmono" with a link to the home page.

Reading through the page I found no link to any driver and no instruction on how to proceed, other than the "Generic instructions for: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler". The referenced "PPD-O-Matic" did not contain the E120n and no useful information could be found on the pxlmono homepage.

I tried using the CUPS administration pages to install a printer, but the list of printer drivers available did not contain the E120n, nor was I able to use any other driver.

Any other suggestions, or tips on how to proceed with the information at hand?

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Old 08-11-2007, 07:30 PM   #4
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Click on the 'Drivers' link on the openprinting site, then scroll down to pxlmono
 
Old 08-12-2007, 07:41 AM   #5
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I tried that, but the end result is the same as searching for the pinter and clicking the link on the serach result page - no driver to download and no posibility to create PPD file for the Lexmark printer.

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