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Old 08-24-2008, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question How do I find path to printer?


I have connected a HP 932c printer to the parallel port. When I run test to test printer I get an error message that says the path to my printer is incorrect. It there a way to find out the path to my printer so that when I run printer setup I will have the required info? Your help will be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 08-24-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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In order for linux to find your printer, you need some things loaded, and configured. To support any parallel printer, you will need - ppdev, parport, and parport_pc modules loaded. This gives you system access to the parallel port. They may, or may not be loaded at this time.

To find out, open a console, and run the command 'sudo lsmod' This will dump all loaded modules to your screen. Look for the ones I listed. If they are not there, you can load them with 'sudo modprobe modulename'.

Next, is cups loaded and configured, and running? If not, you need it to start out. I'm guessing you are using gui tools Ubuntu supplies? Is that correct?

Next you need the module that supports this printer. Here is the one required; -->http://openprinting.org/show_printer...P-DeskJet_932C

There are instructions there on how to load and configure your printer.

Those are the pieces you need. Not finding the 'path' is linux not knowing where the printer is, ie your parallel port. So, do some checking, post back what you find.

I do not use gui tools that distros supply. I use the cups interface, it works on any distro. To use it, ( if cups is installed and running ) open any web browser, and type 'http://localhost:631' without the quotes. That will connect you to the cups interface. You can add printers, manage them etc from this interface.
 
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Thank You for the assistance. I will try what you suggested and let you know the result. I have been trying to install the printer with the program provided by DSL with no success.The program used by DSL is called Apsfilter the error message I got when installing printer was "sh: line1: hpijs: command not found GNU Ghostscript 7.05: Can't start ijs server "hpijs" Unable to open the initial device. quitting." I also went to system, printing/lpd and clicked on the start button.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:12 PM   #4
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I did as suggested and opened a shell and typed in sudo lsmod and found that I do have ppdev, parport and parport_pc then went to my browser and typed in http://localhost:631 the page opened but could not add printer as it wanted a user name and password that I do not have. There did not seem be be anyway to get one. I am going to check the site out again to see if there is a way to log in. I did not download the printer driver yet as I do not know how to install a driver from a tar.gz file in dsl will do futher research.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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1) HP Deskjet 932C driver should be available on
your OS already. (If hplip-hpijs, hplip-hpijs-ppds
and hplip-model-data or similar is installed)

2)The username asked for in cups is root.

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Old 08-24-2008, 04:56 PM   #6
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The user is root, and use your root password. Not sure on DSL. I don't know if you have the development tools. GCC and I'm not sure what else. I have used DSL some, but as a live cd only. If you have to compile the driver, I would look at DSL's web site to see if you can figure out what you need.
 
Old 08-25-2008, 08:13 AM   #7
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Hello all I did get to log on the cups website but could not install printer. So went back to my pc and found that I have the printer driver for my printer already installed it is located at usr/share/apsfilter/setup I am thinking that maybe it is missing a symlink but have no idea how to do this.I have tried the dsl forums but there is a problem there I could not log on, the site seems to be inactive.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:46 AM   #8
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Hmmm,

I did some reading on the DSL site yesterday. There are some tips there on how to install a printer in DSL. It is so different to other distros. They do provide drivers for some printers. If yours is there, then I would try their method. You can install Cups on DSL.

Have a look, I think there was a printer section, look there... If you can not find it, post, and I'll go back and find it.
 
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In DSL, the default password for both the DSL user and for root is 'dsl'. IIRC.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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Smile Printer tries to print

I loaded a different driver using the DSL apsfilter program. I did not get the printer to work but did get it to try to print. There is a red flashing light that warns that the ink is low. So think the printer will work fine now but won't know for sure until I get new ink. I want to thank everyone for their help it is greatly appreciated.
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