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Old 05-06-2004, 10:53 AM   #1
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Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W


I've just purchased a Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W Printer. It's a beast... works a treat in Windows. I'm aware for now its a Windows-only printer.. but obviously a Linux driver will be produced at some point.

I'm on RH9 and the closest driver to it is the PagePro1100 but unfortunately I can't get it to print with that driver. So does anyone know if there are any Linux drivers available yet for this printer or when they will be?

Alternatively... can you have a look in your distro's i.e. Mandrake.. SuSE. Fedora and see if there's a driver for my printer.

Dav®OS.
 
Old 05-06-2004, 07:38 PM   #2
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Not much luck googling either... everything seems to be in German, ah!
 
Old 05-30-2004, 07:35 PM   #3
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Old 08-07-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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There's been a driver for a while. It's called min12xxw (yes, I know, that says min12xxw, but it works on the 13xxW printers too), and it's at http://www.hinterbergen.de/mala/min12xxw/. You'll also need a PPD from http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...-PagePro_1300W (if you're reading this thread and have a 1200, 1250, or 1350, just change the 1300 to your printer's model number).

I don't know how it performs on a 1300, only a 1250, but I've found that 1200x1200DPI is a VERY bad idea with this thing (bad banding). Same for 300x300 with Toner Saver on (dot matrix quality, bad moire). 600x600DPI works fine, though.

The reason the 1100 driver doesn't work is it's a PostScript driver, and the printers supported by min12xxw use a proprietary protocol developed by Minolta. Actually, 1100L users are having the same problem, and min12xxw doesn't support them, so they've got paperweights. If you need a step by step guide to setting up min12xxw, here goes:

Download the archive from the first link, and untar it. cd to min12xxw-0.0.5/, and type make. Next, su to root, and type make install. Now, you need to set up the printer. Download the PPD from LinuxPrinting.org, and put it in /usr/share/cups/model/. I don't think RH9's printconf-gui will accept this PPD, so you'll have to use the CUPS control panel. Go to http://localhost:631/admin and login as root. Click "Add Printer" under "Printers". Pick a name for the printer (my 1250W is MinoltaOld, but you could name it Fishheads if you wanted to), and optionally describe it (hint: Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W is a VERY good description) and put its location (Desk, for example). Click Continue, and you'll get to select the device. Assuming it's on a USB port, pop down the menu. Unless you have other USB printers, it'll be "USB Printer #1 (Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W)". Now, you can pick the printer's brand. Select Minolta (NOT "MINOLTA-QMS" if you've got it). For model, select "Minolta PagePro 1300W Foomatic/min12xxw (recommended) (en)". It'll then be setup with the defaults (letter, auto tray, 600x600DPI). Click the name of your new printer, and Configure Printer if you don't like those defaults, and Print Test Page to try it out. I currently don't know how to make it a default printer in the CUPS control panel (I think if it's the only printer set up, it's automatically default, but otherwise...), but other tools in your distro should be able to to do the job.

Hope that helped...
 
Old 09-10-2004, 12:57 PM   #5
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Hi.... some how the printer refused to be seen in applications. I am using Redhat 9. I have been able to see the printer as default printer in redhat-printer configuration gui. I cannot see this printer in applications like mozilla and such though. Anyone has any idea? Thanks in advance
 
Old 10-07-2004, 08:31 AM   #6
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I did what bhtooefr wrote.

But I got stuck in a place---

min4 Minolta PagePro 1350W Foomatic/min12xxw (recommended)
Description:
Location:
Printer State: idle, accepting jobs.
"Printer off-line."
Device URI: usb://KONICA/MINOLTA%20PP1350W?serial=d0884000


"Printer off-line?"
Need help..

I am using--

min12xxw5.tar.gz
RH9
Min 1350W
Cups 1.1.17
Gimp-print-cups(4.2.6)--
[Sat Jul 31 2004,gimp-print-cups(4.2.7 version relase notes)
added "min12xxw" driver to support the Minolta PagePro 12xxW and 13xxW]
printers.

Last edited by avirup dasgupta; 10-07-2004 at 08:42 AM.
 
Old 12-19-2004, 09:55 AM   #7
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Angry

i downloaded the latest min12xxw from the site you recommended, bhtooefr, and then i started doing what the readme said:

Quote:
Building and installing:

This should be as simple as

./configure
make
make install
make clean

but, when i am running the configure shell script in that folder i get following error:
Code:
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cl... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
so, since i am rather new to linux, i was wondering why i'd need a c-compiler, where i'd get an acceptable one from and so on.

it's also, i tried to install the printer via yast2. it seemed to work fine, because i could choose from minolta a "pagepro 1300w" and then he also found the correct ppd file (Minolta PagePro 1300W Foomatic/min12xxw (recommended)). but whenever i want to print a test page it doesn't work.

i'd apreciate any help, because i really don't know what to do.
thanks in advance ...

 
Old 01-17-2005, 11:06 AM   #8
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GCC

you must install GCC (the GNU Compiler). Its normaly on your linux installation disk. Under development, depending on what distribution you are using.

Last edited by supertechguy; 01-17-2005 at 11:08 AM.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 01:10 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by bhtooefr


Download the archive from the first link, and untar it. cd to min12xxw-0.0.5/, and type make. Next, su to root, and type make install. Now, you need to set up the printer. Download the PPD from LinuxPrinting.org, and put it in /usr/share/cups/model/. I don't think RH9's printconf-gui will accept this PPD, so you'll have to use the CUPS control panel. Go to http://localhost:631/admin and login as root. Click "Add Printer" under "Printers". Pick a name for the printer (my 1250W is MinoltaOld, but you could name it Fishheads if you wanted to), and optionally describe it (hint: Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W is a VERY good description) and put its location (Desk, for example). Click Continue, and you'll get to select the device. Assuming it's on a USB port, pop down the menu. Unless you have other USB printers, it'll be "USB Printer #1 (Konica Minolta PagePro 1300W)". Now, you can pick the printer's brand. Select Minolta (NOT "MINOLTA-QMS" if you've got it). For model, select "Minolta PagePro 1300W Foomatic/min12xxw (recommended) (en)". It'll then be setup with the defaults (letter, auto tray, 600x600DPI). Click the name of your new printer, and Configure Printer if you don't like those defaults, and Print Test Page to try it out. I currently don't know how to make it a default printer in the CUPS control panel (I think if it's the only printer set up, it's automatically default, but otherwise...), but other tools in your distro should be able to to do the job.

Hope that helped...
Hi, I am new to linux and I am currently using Fedora3. I have followed the instructions you mentioned above, but I am not able to pick the printer's brand. There is no Minolta show up. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-03-2005, 01:25 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by mtrp
I have followed the instructions you mentioned above, but I am not able to pick the printer's brand. There is no Minolta show up.
you have to restart cupsd after downloading the PPD

I think it should be
Code:
/etc/init.d/cups restart
in Fedora? (or send SIGHUP to the process and it will reload the configuration)

also, maybe you should put the file into another directory if Fedora does not use the default one ...

and one other thing - the posts above are talking about CUPS with foomatic; you have to install foomatic package, it should not be in dependencies and it should not be installed automatically if you use package manager (rpm, I guess :-) since it is not needed for cups or min12xxw (but it is needed for them to work together)
 
  


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