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Old 01-24-2002, 04:55 PM   #1
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Exclamation Can't Print - Help!

I should know how to do this, but I never had the need to from Linux until now. I ran printconf and added a printer with my appropriate printer driver, but nothing happens when I run a test page.

So I'm assuming my parellel port isn't setup somehow, which I don't know the first clue about doing. I checked my modules.conf and there is a line in there that says

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc

So just for kicks I typed 'modprobe parport_pc" and it was unable to find this module. So obviously I have compile issue I need to deal with.

My question basically is, what is the best way to test this? I still haven't found an answer regarding hardware aliasing-to-modules, and how to find out the names I need to put in the modules.conf (like parport_lowlevel, how the heck would I've have known that, or char-level-14 or whatever). Finding the appropriate module is easy enough, but the place to point it is what I don't get. I though maybe the /dev directory would tell me, but nothing seems to corresponde there to the other things in my modules.conf (like eth0, or my MWAV modem which I have yet to find out what to point hte module too).

Any comments about these issues might help shed some light on this for me.

Old 01-24-2002, 05:00 PM   #2
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Just as a side note - I check my kernel config and parellel port support I built in with the kernel as opposed to a module, hense why it wouldn't find it.

So, it should have worked?
Old 01-26-2002, 10:20 PM   #3
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Printer problems

I am new to Linux, but I ran into this same problem. When you first boot the computer, BEFORE Linux starts, go into your CMOS setup (usually by pressing DELETE or F2). Go to the section that talks about built-in peripherals, enhancements, or something similar. Look for the section on Parallel Ports. If it is set to AUTO (the default setting) change the setting to EPP, ECP, or SPP, and make sure that values are assigned to the IRQ and input/output range. Exit and save (usually by pressing F10 and then Y), and reboot as usual. I had to uninstall and re-install my printer, but it worked just fine after I did this.

As for your MWAV modem, there was a lawsuit several years ago. IBM lost, and new modems were issued to all those who requested them. If yours has the sound and modem on the same card (most did), most distros of Linux will not play these correctly. However, IBM has many entries for Linux and Mwave, see

At one time IBM was committed to making all of their new computers Linux compatible out of the box. They have also provided many drivers and tips for older hardware.


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