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Old 08-24-2004, 05:53 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Seattle
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Kprinter hangs when printing Word docs


I am a newbie and non-techie, so be gentle I am trying to print Word and PDF docs with KDE. I configured the printer OK, I think. The printer was in a menue and I selected it, and got an OK from the system. But when I mount a CD and try to print docs from it, I get a status box that says, "Printing Document. Generating print data page 1" and it just hangs there, the little hourglass spinning endlessly. I am using old hardare: a 350 MHz Pentium II box with 64 MB ram and a 2.6 gig HD. The printer is even older, a Panasonic KX-P4410 laser printer. I have printed a PDF file on it before, so I know the printer itself works. However, with that document it printed the doc the wrong way--it needed to be printed sideways (landscape) and I couldn't change it.

I am using this weird little distro called Peanut Linux. I'm wondering if installing another distro would be any better. Because of the low system resources, I'm thinking Damn Small Linux or Feather Linux. I don't need to have the CPU-hogging KDE just because it's pretty, since it doesn't seem to function very well. Since I don't have an internet setup for my Linux box (no phone line, no modem), I can only use the apps and packages supplied on the distro CD--KDE and Enlightenment in the case of Peanut.

I have had this installation for several months and have yet to do anything useful with it. I have spent countless hours fiddling with it. I cannot boot up except with the CD, and I can't boot Windows at all anymore, even after getting hours of help from local Linux experts. I finally just took that hard drive out and resolved to fix it later, and just use a little cheap used HD as a dedicated Linux drive.


Paul in Seattle USA


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