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Old 10-22-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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I need a compatible printer for for Linux


I have a Dell 720 Photo Printer that I've tried every suggestion offered to me to make work, with no success. I downloaded the Lexmark Red Hat driver, but it's too complicated for me to install. Does anyone know of an inexpensive printer that is Linux compatible that I can get on eBay? There are many printer drivers listed, but I don't know which to get. I don't have a fortune. I also have the Red Hat driver on my desktop, but don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions would be greatly be appreciated.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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Most of the HP printers are quite compatible with linux.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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These...

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...ces/index.html

However, if you posted more information about your problem, what you tried and what messages you received in response, you might get help to install the printer you have.

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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You can look at the drivers available on your system, in /usr/share/foomatic/db/source/printer (or somewhere like that). Most distros give a full set of HP drivers, because they are open source. For Epson drivers, visit
http://avasys.jp/eng/
For a large list of supported items,
http://www.linuxprinting.org
 
Old 10-22-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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One more thing. Lexmark is the worst in Linux compatibility regarding printers.

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Old 10-22-2009, 09:05 PM   #6
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Go with Hewlett Packard and don't buy an eBay used printer. Unless you get it for practically nothing and don't expect it to work for long. Printers are like cameras, buying a used one is very risky.
I have an Epson printer -- a CX4600 I think -- that is very good with Linux. Used it quite a bit before I got a Hewlett Packard PSC 1600 series.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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Are there any inexpensive HP printers on the market? Most of the ones I've seen in the ads are targeted at business users. Some possible model numbers would be a great help. Thanks to you all for your input.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 10:55 PM   #8
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did you try just installing CUPS (common unix printing system)
it should have a generic driver and probably will work
 
Old 10-22-2009, 11:33 PM   #9
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HP inkjet printers tend to be cheap but the ink is costly. Buying the more expensive HP laser printers that are 'high volume' and targeted at business will save you a packet in the long run. HP distribute hplip which is open source and makes most of their printers compatible with Linux. (it also uses CUPS)
 
Old 10-23-2009, 05:15 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
...I have a Dell 720 Photo Printer...
Mostly, Dell printers are rebranded from some manufacturer more famopus for its printers (sometimes with litle plastic lugs added to make it more difficult for you to get cheap ink cartridges), so if you could find out what printer your would have been if you had bought it from the original manufacturer, the driver for that would probably work.

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I downloaded the Lexmark Red Hat driver,
You look to be running something Debian-derived, so the Redhat package is always going to be problematic.

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Does anyone know of an inexpensive printer that is Linux compatible that I can get on eBay? There are many printer drivers listed, but I don't know which to get. I don't have a fortune. I also have the Red Hat driver on my desktop, but don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions would be greatly be appreciated.
Try 'linuxprinting' or 'hardware comapability list' for compatability lists. The normal situation is that if you install with the printer plugged in and switched on, and you select CUPS for installation, some magic behind the scenes means that it just works, but obviously that only happens with compatible printers.
 
Old 10-23-2009, 05:29 AM   #11
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Are there any inexpensive HP printers on the market? Most of the ones I've seen in the ads are targeted at business users. Some possible model numbers would be a great help. Thanks to you all for your input.
Yes, there are fairly inexpensive HP printers. Shop around at Best Buy, etc.
 
Old 10-23-2009, 05:49 AM   #12
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HP have a thing that helps you select a suitable printer:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...roduct_advisor

It used to have an option to select OS, but it's gone :s

~Callum
 
Old 10-23-2009, 06:02 AM   #13
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What is inexpensive for the one is expensive for the other. I bought a HP1005 (BW laserjet) a little while ago for ZAR 800 (roughly US$100).
 
Old 10-23-2009, 06:13 AM   #14
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I got an HP Deskjet D4260 a while ago for 25. I don't do a lot of printing, mostly text files, so it suits me. Cheap, simple, and reliable (just like its owner ).
 
Old 10-23-2009, 07:58 AM   #15
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hp 4200 series works without issue

I have a cheapy hp all in one print/fax/scan/copier 4215 that has worked flawlessly despite me and my lack of knowledge, even to share it across the network. It was actually easier to get it running under mandriva shared with 2 ubuntu machines than it with any version of windows which the installation discs were written for. GO LINUX! lol

CUPS and the hp drivers from the repositories essentially downloaded themselves when I connected the printer.
 
  


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