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Old 02-12-2004, 02:09 PM   #1
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I give up

I have recently installed Linux and I wanted to keep it. One day I needed to print a document but no page came out of the printer. I really need to be able to print and I don't want to get back to Windows, please help me stay in Linux

During the installation setup has automatically set "HPDeskjet" as the default driver for my printer, my distro is Mandrake 9.0, my windows manager is KDE and my printer is HP3325. I use OpenOffice 1.0.
Old 02-12-2004, 02:57 PM   #2
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You have to stay under linux forever untill you give up your USER Mentality and Start reading manuals before doing any thing else.

boot with a dos disk and make fdisk /MBR
This will delete the lilo or grub manager, but I would bet that you have lilo if you are running in to linux after boot. I can't help with grub but with lilo I can so for you information you just have to open (as root) a file called lilo.conf edit it adding a section that looks almost like this shown below and execute /sbin/lilo

I have my windows on my first partition on my primary master drive
Under linux the disks (primary, secondary) are listed under hdX, where X is a,b,c,d you can't have more than 4 physical drives. partitions are marked with numbers - hdXN where N is 1,2,3,4,5 .... the fist 4 correspond to the primary partitions from 5 above are the logicals. Under windows they are often named in a following alphabetival order (A and/or B) Floppy C,D,E, ..... IDE-Devices (partitions on drives and cd/dvd drives)

So to resume - booting from first master drive and partition 1 on this drive looks like this

label="WINDOWS 98"

I have also Win 2000 Pro installed (all of them are offical student versions, not cracked or stolen for info)

label="WINDOWS 2000"
Old 02-12-2004, 03:14 PM   #3
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I don't know what that post has to do with a printer.

I had to go to to get the correct (or most correct) driver for my printer. My printer is not supported at all on linux, so I had to find one that was closely related and change different settings. It works mostly, but not all the way.
Old 02-12-2004, 03:35 PM   #4
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Well it seems I misposted the answer to another newbie question.
Of course you've did the best as is the best place to have your problem solved. The rest is matter of good configuration.
The other way is to download the correct PPD for your printer from the HP Site - they have pretty good support as I also had some troubles with a HP LJ 5L - and add it manually
I hope for you it worked somehow.

The problem is actually in the so called Win-Hardware, that means that the work is done by the OS instead of the device, as the manufacturer saves mony on hardware - replacing it by the thing called driver under windows, thats actually some bundle of libraries that do the printiging conversions.

This devices are usually not PS-capable! And thats why PS-capable printers are much more expensive.

So send some regards to the linuxprinting guys helping you save some money on expensive printer

sorry for the misposting

Old 02-12-2004, 03:39 PM   #5
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On a side note, in the future, please use better and more descriptive titles. Yours is misleading, does not describe your actual question or thread, etc. Regards.
Old 02-12-2004, 03:41 PM   #6
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Next printer I buy, will be a Post Script Printer (or PDF, if Adobe gets their way), regardless of cost.

!No More Made for Windows Crap!
Old 02-12-2004, 08:29 PM   #7
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So are you saying you can't print in OpenOffice or not at all?

The easiest way to add a printer in mandrake is to use the Mandrake Control Center (mcc). Just click on Hardware and then on PrinterDrake and it walks you right through it.

If you are trying to setup a printer in OO then there is online help but it's normally just a matter of running the printer admin tool like this:
Old 02-12-2004, 09:36 PM   #8
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Above this PostScript(R) is more or less the Adobe's Printers Language.
PDF stands for (p)ortable (d)ata (f)ormat
I don't think somebody will make a PDF-Printer :-}

But you are right at one point - the Windows(Certified)-Crap Avoid it!

I always check before buying a hardware what the linux community says about it - amazing !!!

My poor HP LJ 5L (Windows version with hardware bug ;-) came to me as present so I just pay for toner.

If you can not make it work under OO I can help you a lot.
And please install 1.1 it's MUCH better!

Old 02-12-2004, 11:31 PM   #9
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I had a problem with my HP deskjet 842c, when I switched from Mandrake 9.0 to Debian. Although my driver was apparently installed, cups kept giving me errors. I finally went to the HP web site and found a solution there. They may have something there that will help you, too!


Just for the halibut, I went to the HP site and I found this:

Your printer, HP3325 is in the list. You may find the same kind of info that I got there.

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