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Old 11-09-2005, 08:15 AM   #1
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Deskjet 870Cse not printing

Hi all

I have a dual boot desktop Athlon 3000+, 1GB RAM, running a Windows XP Pro and a
Debian 31-r0a-amd64.

Despite being able to print under Windows XP, I am having problems with
printing, under Linux, on my local parallel port HP DeskJet 870Cse. I send test
pages, via either the CUPS web interface or KDE Control Center, or pages from
other applications, such as a text editor or a browser, but nothing is spilt
from the printer.

I have checked that I have all cups and foomatic relevant files; I have checked
the cups web interface and the KDE COntrol Center information relating to the
printer and they seem to be fine, except for the fact that, for the device, they
both list parallel:/dev/unkown-parallel0, and in KDE CC, there is an extra
information stating that the URI is

Also, right after booting, I checked the dmsg messages and the lines concerning
parallel ports read:

parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
parport0: Printer, HEWLETT-PACKARD DESKJET 870C
lp0: using parport (polling)

I checked as well the log files under /var/log/cups and everything seemed fine,
except that, in error_log the remote printers of my LAN were listed but there
was no mention of the local DeskJet printer...

I am really perplexed and any help is greatly appreciated!
Old 11-09-2005, 12:30 PM   #2
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The device should be /dev/lp0
Old 11-10-2005, 05:33 AM   #3
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Hi all,

I solved my printing problem: I made a search in Google for "/dev/unknown-parallel" and ended up in a topic here in LinuxQuestions where there was a link

whose directions, followed literally, allowed me to print. In particular, the device changed to /dev/lp0, as it should be of course.

Thanks all and good luck!


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