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Old 09-25-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question Can't get my printer to work with RedHat 9.0

I am running RedHat 9 on an Intel SE440 BX motherboard, admittedly
an older system. I can' t seem to find the printer port. I've added
this line to my modules.conf:

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc

and rebooted my system. When I type lsmod, I get a couple of lines
that look like this:

lp 8996 0 (autoclean)
parport 37056 0 (autoclean) [lp]

so I think that the printer port is getting loaded. When I type:

insmod -v parport_pc

I get the following output:

Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/parport/parport_pc.o
Symbol version prefix ''
/lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/parport/parport_pc.o: init_module: Device or resource busy
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg

Then I type dmesg | grep lp, and I get:

lp: driver loaded but no devices found

Any thoughts about any of this? should I just recompile my
kernel with printer support in there? will that solve this problem?
I've tried looking in the other threads, and it does seem that
this has happened to other people, but everything I've tried has
not worked.

Can anyone help?
Old 09-25-2003, 01:14 PM   #2
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What kind of printer are you trying to use?? Have you checked over at to see if it is supported. The have a list of supported printers that work and when you find your printer it will have instructions on how to get it to work.

Old 10-02-2003, 04:31 PM   #3
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Can't seem to find the printer port

I am trying to get an HP Deskjet 895C printer to work. This seems
to be a good printer to use with RedHat 9.0. I've had it working with
RedHat 7.0, but now can't seem to make it go.

I went to the web site you suggested, and I loaded up the driver
according to the instructions. But when I tried to create the printer
queue, at the "Queue Type " dialog box, I didn't get any ports named
(for example, /dev/lp0). This is where I got stuck before. The box
that's supposed to hold the available ports comes up blank. I've tried
hitting the "Rescan Device" button, but it doesn't net anything new.

I'm really stuck. Please, help.


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