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Old 08-21-2003, 11:31 AM   #1
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Angry why is it so hard to install a printer?


i'm trying for days now to install a printer on my debian server. (want to use it for my home network) but everything i try - information i find on the internet) seems to fail. i've installed so many things already, that i'vce probably messed up my entire system. :-(

i'm trying to install a lexmark z51 - i know its not the best linuxprinter you can get. can someone please give me a step by step guide to get this one installed so i can try to install samba?

thank you very much,

Old 08-21-2003, 12:02 PM   #2
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You can go to and look up your printer in the Printer Listings.
There are Setup instructions for the various printing system (CUPS, LPD, LPRng, etc).

Plus, you will find some HowTOs and Tutorials.
Old 08-21-2003, 12:22 PM   #3
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i know that site. i don't know, i've think it so crowded with information, that i don't find what i need.

i also have just a very basic debian installed. i've tried to apt-get install cups, but then i got this

Package cups has no available version, but exists in the database.
This typically means that the package was mentioned in a dependency and
never uploaded, has been obsoleted or is not available with the contents
of sources.list

so, you see, i really need very basic information



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