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Old 07-12-2008, 04:48 AM   #1
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My printer won't work in Linux. Can I install Windows in a VM to use my printer?


I've a question. I've a "paperweight" printer. It's a Lexmarks Z735 series and as far as I can tell, it won't work in Linux and God knows I've been searching for a way around this for quite sometime.

I don't feel like buying a new printer, since I print things very seldom, so I wonder if I could install Windows on a virtual machine inside Linux just to use the printer. I know dual-booting would be the best solution in this case, but I don't really like to dual boot and I'd ratter run Linux only.

Thanks in advance
Old 07-12-2008, 05:47 AM   #2
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The simplest/quickest will be for you to install Virtualbox. It is fast and free. (even in my 512mb RAM laptop)

since you want XP only for minor things - remaster your XP CD here.
and install XP
Old 07-12-2008, 06:17 AM   #3
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What distribution are you using and what were the errors you've encountered?
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Here is a lead to using lexmark printers on linux. I used it on my Z635 on F7 and it worked fine.

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Um if Linux can't use it, how can Windows inside Linux use it?
Old 07-14-2008, 11:05 AM   #6
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Since that printer costs about the same as set of ink cartridges, I would say go buy a supported printer. and donate your Z735 to a windows user.

Lexmark Z735 $24.99

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