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Old 06-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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How to uninstall print driver to assure use of new driver


I would like to know whether an updated print driver has successfully replaced a previously installed driver.

I have a late model Lexmark Prestige Pro805 printer. Lexmark supplies a Linux driver which you download. No drivers appear on the Ubuntu Add Printer list. The Lexmark download also installs utilities, etc. Some stuff appears installed in synaptic. I don't know if uninstalling these only uninstalls the applications and not the actual driver. For some reason, I have had issues recently with this printer malfunctioning frequently with my Linux machines over wifi. They have pushed new firmware down to the printer, and this may be a cause. There is also newer Linux print drivers which I installed, but I do not have a clue as to whether the new drivers are actually in use. On a windows machine I would have uninstalled the printer prior to re-installation. Clueless how to accomplish the same on Ubuntu.

How do I make sure the newest drivers are in use?

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I would like to know whether an updated print driver has successfully replaced a previously installed driver.

Easy. Start up the CUPS page ( in the browser) and locate your printer, there should be a line that shows the driver.

This is what the driver for my LAN printer says:

Driver: HP DeskJet 520 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.7 (grayscale, 2-sided printing)
Once you do a system update (Ubuntu I guess : apt-get update if I'm not mistaken) the driver (usually) gets a once-over as well...

Oh, and, by the way, it is not the printer that replaces the driver, but the system that updates/replaces the driver for the printer, just a detail...

EDIT : make sure you have the GutenPrint cluster installed, it has the drivers you need, I'm sure...

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