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Old 10-31-2004, 12:27 PM   #1
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parrellel printer in CUPS? No parellel printer option...

I have an Epson parellel port printer I want to setup using CUPS under slackware.

I have actually done this before, but now I cannot do it. To add the printer I using mozilla connected to localhost:631. When it asks for the printer port I get everything BUT parellel option (i get usb, serial, ipp, scsi, etc). I had this same problem the before and chmod 0666 /dev/lp0 fixed it by a parellel port option magically showing up in the CUPS browser printer setup. It is not working this time. Did CUPS remove parallel printer support? What must I do?

Old 10-31-2004, 12:59 PM   #2
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I know this sounds silly, but is that printer port turned on in the CMOS? The reason I ask, is that most modern motherboard BIOS have the ability to turn it off...
Old 10-31-2004, 01:11 PM   #3
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#### PC parallel port support ###
#if cat /proc/ksyms | grep "\[parport_pc\]" 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null ; then
# echo "parport0 is built-in, not loading module" > /dev/null
# if [ -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/misc/parport_pc.o \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/misc/parport_pc.o.gz \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/kernel/drivers/parport/parport_pc.o \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/kernel/drivers/parport/parport_pc.o.gz ]; then
# # Generic setup example:
# /sbin/modprobe parport_pc
# # Hardware specific setup example (required for PLIP and better
# # performance in general):
# #/sbin/modprobe parport_pc io=0x378 irq=7
# fi

#### Parallel printer support ###
#if cat /proc/ksyms | grep "\[lp\]" 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null ; then
# echo "lp support built-in, not loading module" > /dev/null
# if [ -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/misc/lp.o \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/misc/lp.o.gz \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/kernel/drivers/char/lp.o \
# -o -r /lib/modules/$RELEASE/kernel/drivers/char/lp.o.gz ]; then
# /sbin/modprobe lp
# fi

in /etc/rc.0/rc.modules i think you have to remove all single #'s for the parallel port to be visible... if that does not work and you complied your own kernel... make sure the parallel port was compiled as a module...
Old 10-31-2004, 02:08 PM   #4
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sweet. Now I have 3 parallel port options in the CUPS browser selection Parallel port #1 Canon, Parallel port #1 Epson, and just Parallel port #1...

My printer still is not printing though


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