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Old 04-15-2004, 06:13 PM   #1
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Question Unable to print to IBM InfoPrint 40 using CUPS system under Fedora Core 2


I am brand new to the Linux OS and need a helping hand with a network printing issue.

I'm using the CUPS printing system under Fedora Core 2, and am unable to print to a TCP/IP enabled IBM InfoPrint 40 printer. (I am using the Fedora supplied driver for this printer.)

The IBM printer has been correctly configured with its TCP/IP printing settings, as I can print to it using Windows boxes and standard TCP/IP printing with no trouble.

The CUPS printing system on the Linux machine seems to work correctly because I have no trouble printing to HP DirectJet network printers using supplied Fedora drivers.

The IBM InfoPrint printer is configured with the following network service:

lpd at TCP port 515

When attempting to configure the printer in the GNOME Print Manager, I supply the IP address of the printer, and the queue name of 'lpd'. I then 'apply' these changes and attempt to print a test page.

The printer status changes from 'connect to host' to 'Unable to connect, unknown host' and will not print.

I have checked the Print Manager documentation and have tried several variations of my configuration. LPD, IPP changing ports, queue names, using fqdn, etc.

I suspect that either

a) additional configuration of the IBM printer is required to support linux hosts

b) the Fedora driver I have is faulty (though my HP drivers work without a hitch)

c) I am a Grade A Nimrod and my inexperience with the OS has caused me to overlook a basic configuration setting (as much as I hate to admit it...hehe)

Any and all assistance and guidance with this issue would be greatly appreciated.


Old 04-19-2004, 06:58 PM   #2
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After some poking around...

I was able to clear up my printing troubles by doing the following:

Setting the print queue type as 'HP DirectJet' and changing the default port number from that of 9100 to the TCP/IP port of the 'lpd' service on our IBM InfoPrint 40.

While printing is slow (I have noticed this of our HP printers as well), all seems to be working fine.

Not that I'm looking for a pat on the back or anything...hehe... just posting in the event someone else may find this information useful.




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