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Old 09-10-2004, 02:44 AM   #1
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Talking Newbie installing printer for first time...

Hello all!
I'm still quite new to linux, and the thought of adding a printer makes me think about forgoing the whole process....
anyways, i have a lexmark p3150, which is not listed under drivers, would my canon s450 be a better choice?

Secondly, how do i ... install the printer? I keep hearing about CUPS but know nothing about it.
Thanks in advance for any gems of knowledge!

Old 09-10-2004, 02:46 AM   #2
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What is the distro that you are using?
Old 09-10-2004, 02:52 AM   #3
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I'm using debian woody 2.4.18-b42.4
Old 09-10-2004, 08:15 AM   #4
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this is a real pain, I can tell you. I fiddled four weeks to make my Lexmark X125 work partially. I almost went back to Windose.

The Lexmark p3150 is an all-in-one generic printer and you´re pretty lost with it. Concerning the Canon s450 you might find some hints here:

Shouldn´t be completely hopeless.

How to install that driver? You´ll have to plough yourself through the webpage in order to get an idea. It´s a mess for newbies but I didn´t find a faster workaround either. Prepare for several night sessions and an ill-mooded spouse. (If you have one.)

If money´s not an issue, sell the printers on ebay and get yourself a postscript printer. Saves app. one hundred hours and several grey hairs.

Don´t give up. Always be aware that at the end you´ll be FREE!

Old 09-10-2004, 11:58 AM   #5
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Avoid Canon printers like the plague when using Linux. Canon does not support Linux. Samsung makes a really inexpensive laser monochrome printer that is shipped as Linux-friendly that is really cheap. Check that out.

If you need color, go with almost anything else.

If you look on your Linux distribution's home page, there should be a hardware compatibility list there for you to look at to determine if your printer will work.

There is one other option. You might be able to get your favorite printer to work if you use Turboprint. Search for it in google. It's $30 for home use, and it made my Canon i320 start working (but I didn't buy it so I just decided to upgrade the printer).


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