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alastairwhite 09-05-2012 01:44 PM

Datacard CP60 card printer - how to get Open Platform driver working with Mint 10
I have a Datacard CP60 card printer that has been in service for several years on my Windows computers. Now I need it to work with my Linux machines.

[by the way, be warned and please forgive me; I'm pretty much a newbie] indicates that Datacard offers Linux support for all CP series printers.

From I downloaded the Open Platform Driver, as well as the Open Platform Driver Guide and Printer Guide and the FAQ.

I followed the driver installation instructions as painstakingly as I could [but remember, I'm a noob]. It seemed to be a straightforward matter of copying files to certain locations, and starting up a service or two, making a few changes to some settings.

Their Open Platform Driver Guide is from 2007, hasn't been updated since. The instructions use SUSE in the examples and provides a few distribution-specific details in the appendix with alternate file locations, etc., but the only Ubuntu versions in that old Driver Guide are 6.06 and 7.04. So I am not exactly certain that all the paths to file locations were accurate in my case, running Linux Mint 10, which is based on Ubuntu Maverick (or so I read).

I did manage to [albeit apparently incorrectly] complete the driver and USB utility and bi-directional service installation process, and the CUPS service did see the printer and everything went seemingly well following along with the manual all the way up until trying to print a test card.

Running the test scripts in the manual from the terminal resulted in "lp: Unsupported format 'application/openofficeps'!" Using OpenOffice Writer, setting up a document the size of a card and trying to print to the CP60 resulted in "Error While Printing".

I have been in contact with the vendor's support person and he has recommended bypassing the open platform driver altogether and having me try to print a text file directly to the IP address of the printer. He says the card layout can be set on the printer, all I really need is to get a text file sent to the printer's IP address.

So here are my questions:
1. has anyone out there had any success with a Datacard CP60 on Linux Mint 10? Or any other distro?

2. how do I configure Linux Mint 10 to print directly to an IP address? Do I need a certain printer driver?

michaelk 09-06-2012 10:40 PM

No, you can set the printer via cups as a raw device. Look at localhost:631/printers in the web browser and this should show how the printer was configured. You can modify its set up to a raw printer to bypass the driver.

To print a plain text file from the command line:
lpr -P printer_name text.file

alastairwhite 09-14-2012 12:19 PM

Thanks for the info. A tech from the printer vendor is coming to see me next week, hopefully I'll get this resolved.

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