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Old 08-01-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
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Lexmark X2250, will not print.


Im new to linux and although I've managed to get most of my Q's answered by some googling this one seems unsolvable.

I got this nice Lexmark X2250 which functions just fine in Windows XP, but in Ubuntu it refuses to print or even react. I've tried using various of the drivers in the System > Administration > Printing > New Printer section, but with no luck at all.
I'm not sure what the problem could be, as I ran a few commands I found listed and it seems to detect my printer just fine.

Any ideas to what my problem could be?
Distro: Ubuntu Linux 5.04, Gnome desktop

from lsusb
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 043d:0096 Lexmark International, Inc.

from dmesg
hiddev96: USB HID v1.00 Device [Lexmark Lexmark 2200 Series] on usb-0000:00:02.0-2
usbcore: registered new driver usbhid
drivers/usb/input/hid-core.c: v2.0:USB HID core driver
ts: Compaq touchscreen protocol output
drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 5 if 1 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x043D pid 0x0096
usbcore: registered new driver usblp
drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: v0.13: USB Printer Device Class driver
Old 08-02-2005, 06:25 AM   #2
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Does ubuntu use cups ?
If so, it should be easy to set up - your printer seems to have been recognised.

Put localhost:631 into your browser.
You'll need to login to cups administration as root and give your root PW.

There's quite a good cups guide here:

Old 08-02-2005, 07:25 AM   #3
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I'm sure you have to use CUPS, but what about a printer driver? Sure the system knows a USB printer is attached and has loaded the usblp kernel driver, but that is common to all USB printers.

There is no info on this printer in, unless hidden deep in the forums.

Someone else mentioned trying to compile a driver for some Lexmark Xnnnn multifunction, but I can't see anything on the Lexmark web site. Their 'OS compatibility list' does not even mention linux.

Looks a bit ominous to me
Old 08-02-2005, 09:59 AM   #4
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I think you are right: googling for that printer & linux reveals nothing encouraging.
Some of these (generally cheap) printers have very little in the way of hardware inside them: most of the page formatting & processing is done by a proprietry (closed source) program that is only released for windows. I know because my brother turned up all smiles with a colour laser that was "a bargain" - but it only worked with windows, and was s-l-o-w.
Now I know why I always buy HP printers!


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