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Old 08-11-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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How to Force Ubuntu to load and use a .ppd driver instead of the default one?


Hi,

I have a Dell 1815dn printer and a laptop with Ubuntu 12.04.

Ubuntu recognizes the printer automatically and installs a default driver. But this driver lacks the option to bypass the toner-saver function which is very important for me since some times I want no toner-saver function as I need more contrast.

I have a propietary .ppd file from Dell that I have been using in past Ubuntu releases, and even currently in another computer with Ubuntu 12.04. But now I don't now how to force Ubuntu to skip the default driver and load the one I have (for some reason I got Ubuntu to ask me for the .ppd in the other computer, now I don't now how).

Any help on how to do this?

My prefered solution would be that the GUI asks me for the .ppd I have and load it, as I always have done. Another solution would be to know the folder in which I need to put the propietary .ppd file and force Ubuntu to use it.

Thanks,

Alex
 
Old 08-11-2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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hi

as a local user open your web browser and start CUPS

go to admin and delete your current printer then add a new one

it should ask you for a username and password.....you use root and its passwd

in adding a printer....there will be an option to use a ppd file.

open your ppd file and ensure it has no dependency issue....if not sure just try it.

cups is accessed by

http://localhost:631/

good luck

---------- Post added 12-08-12 at 12:51 ----------

hi

as a local user open your web browser and start CUPS

go to admin and delete your current printer then add a new one

it should ask you for a username and password.....you use root and its passwd

in adding a printer....there will be an option to use a ppd file.

open your ppd file and ensure it has no dependency issue....if not sure just try it.

cups is accessed by

http://localhost:631/

good luck
 
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, but I finally solved this in a much easier way:

To bring the dialog box that was present in past releases, in a terminal put:

$ system-config-printer



















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hi

as a local user open your web browser and start CUPS

go to admin and delete your current printer then add a new one

it should ask you for a username and password.....you use root and its passwd

in adding a printer....there will be an option to use a ppd file.

open your ppd file and ensure it has no dependency issue....if not sure just try it.

cups is accessed by

http://localhost:631/

good luck

---------- Post added 12-08-12 at 12:51 ----------

hi

as a local user open your web browser and start CUPS

go to admin and delete your current printer then add a new one

it should ask you for a username and password.....you use root and its passwd

in adding a printer....there will be an option to use a ppd file.

open your ppd file and ensure it has no dependency issue....if not sure just try it.

cups is accessed by

http://localhost:631/

good luck
 
Old 08-12-2012, 07:50 AM   #4
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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Done ;D



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