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Old 06-08-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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can i use printer driver of window in Linux


i m newbie to linux i did dual booting
xp and fedora core 5 . now printer hp1020lj is
not available in FC5 while i have installed hp1020lj in window XP , can i take printing in fedora with this printer

kindly help me
gurbax singh

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hope this helps
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Programs designed to run in Windows won't run in Linux unless you run something that takes how the program works and converts it to a way Linux can understand (e.g. WINE, Crossover Office, Cedega), due to differences in how the OSs operate.

"Linux is completely different from Windows" is the first thing new Linux users need to know.
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also with FC5 the printer drivers should already be there. one thing you can try if you are running KDE is to start KDE as root. open the print manager and try to connect and get it working that way. should be close enough to the windows print manager GUI tool that you should be able to figure it out.

also HP is very good about providing linux drivers for most of their hardware. you may want to check out their web page too.

under debian it is a simple matter of installing a few apt-get install xxx and you are done after you configure CUPSd manually, or via the kde print manager as root.
Old 06-08-2007, 12:17 PM   #5
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Open a terminal and run

You may also be able to run it from the run button under the menu.

And try not to run your window manager as root. You don't need to. Anything that requires root will prompt you for the root password.

edited because I need a new brain.

Last edited by forrestt; 06-08-2007 at 12:20 PM.


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