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Inexactitude 10-24-2003 02:20 PM

Configuring CUPS with Lexmark printer
I'm trying to configure CUPS to print with my Lexmark Z42 printer, but I don't think that it is supported, considering there are no lexmark drivers on their site, nor in the CUPS configuration. Is there anything I can do to get this to print using CUPS, or is there an alternative to CUPS that would work?

Lansing_Banda 10-24-2003 02:28 PM

I'm right there with you with a x85. If you find an answer let me know and vice versa. I know it can be done. Try this,

su to root user in a terminal

then type 'cupsd'

then go here localhost:631/admin

that should bring you to a html configuration page, or so I have been told. That is all I got so far.

linksocc 10-24-2003 06:05 PM

I have a lexmark x73 that uses the same driver as yours. First install cups and get the daemon to work, after that install the printing package named gimp-print. If you don't want to compile it from source search for an RPM. then go to as user name enter "root" and as password your root password. form there click add printer and fill all the blanks with whatever you like except for the one that says location, in that blank put the printer device mine is "/dev/usb/lp0" for an USB printer. After that there is a list of the possible locations of your printer if yours is a USB like mine choose USB printer #1 (it may say the name of your printer in parenthesis). when it ask you for the driver to use from the list choose LEXMARK. After that choose the LEXMARK Z42 CUPS+GIMP-PRINT. Your done, now print a test page to make sure its working.:)

Inexactitude 10-25-2003 11:09 AM

Thanks a lot. Works like a charm.

linksocc 10-25-2003 01:03 PM

glad to see you get it work, It took me like a month to figure this out

Lansing_Banda 11-05-2003 07:34 PM

I still can't get it. Used all the same settings as you. Any ideas?

Inexactitude 11-07-2003 06:50 PM

Since your using Mandrake (I think), go into rpmdrake and download the "printer drivers" (I think that is what it is called) package and maybe that'll do the trick. That'll install the gimp print without the hastle of compiling it.

Also, what kind of printer are you using?

Lansing_Banda 11-10-2003 12:07 AM

I already have the printer drivers, and I am using a Lexmark X85 printer. I use GNOME and it already has a bunch of Lexmark utilities in the printer folder. But I just can't configure the printer right in cups. I'll get back to you with my settings because I am busy at the moment, but I have it plugged into my Dell 4550 in the second USB port, first position, on the back of my com. BTW I have three USB hubs on my com (1 in front and two in back). sears.

Inexactitude 11-12-2003 02:49 PM

What's happening when you try to configure the printer? Is it not responding? How far are you getting in the configuration? Maybe it's possible that you are not selecting the correct drivers when you are going through the configuration.

Lansing_Banda 11-12-2003 03:49 PM

Okay, when I try to print a test page, the cups HTML config page says, "Printer Not Responding, will retry in 30 seconds". Here is my configuration:

Location: /dev/usb/lp1
Description: Lexmark Printer

Device: USB Printer #1

Make: Lexmark

Model: Lexmark Z42, CUPS + Gimp-printv4.25 (en)

Like I said before, I have three USB hubs on my com: One In front and two in back. The printer is plugged into the second hub on the back in the first position. Mandrake 9.1 is my OS.

linksocc 11-12-2003 03:54 PM

I stop having that problem until I installed hotplug in gentoo, but don't know what to do in mandrake

Inexactitude 11-12-2003 06:41 PM

Are you sure the device is plugged into lp1? Also, it may be possible that the x85 isn't supported by these specific drivers. Maybe you can give some of the other ones in the list a shot, and see what you get.

Lansing_Banda 11-12-2003 07:06 PM

To tell you the truth I don't know if that is the right location or not...I have tried many combonations of both sets. How would I find out the right set? I have gone through dev/usb but it is empty and the hardware config tool in MCC doesn't give me any locations either.

linksocc 11-12-2003 07:14 PM

do "modprobe usbcore printer" and see if /dev/usb/lp0 have appeared.

Inexactitude 11-13-2003 07:36 PM

I saw on some site that x83 doesn't work in linux yet, so is there a possibility that the x85 isn't supported either?

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