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Old 02-15-2004, 10:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy I had to throw in the white towel....

Well its been a week and two days and i still couldnt get the printer to work and i was having errors...... i just need sometime..... i had to reinstall windows so i could do my school work. Does anyone know how to install linux on windows or have any names to books that could help me out with linux. I can see why Linux is coming up in the world. Customizing! from color to security. I'm very impressed with slackware even though i had to go back to windows to complete my school work but when i figure out slackware ill be using them both to my advantage!
Old 02-15-2004, 11:14 PM   #2
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Try these packages. Just get the libgnomecups, gnome-cups-manager, and nautilus-printers packages first and then go with the rest if you want them. You'll need to reinstall the cups package that came with Slackware and then if you're using GNOME you can open nautilus and go to printers://. Then you can add printers and get them working. If you use KDE, check out KUPS. Just download, compile, and install with checkinstall. This is probably and easy way to get your printer working under Slackware. Most Slackware newbies (and experienced Slackers to boot) don't realize that installing both CUPS and LPRNG messes up the CUPS install. You must reinstall CUPS to get it working correctly. Hope this helps. If you have any further problems just send them here.
Old 02-15-2004, 11:15 PM   #3
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First, I'd recommend you set up a dual boot system for a temporary time. Then, when you're ready, you can just blow away windoze. There are tons of tutorials for that, just Google it.
Second, if you don't, then you can run Linux on Windows (i.e. have a desktop link that gives you a Linux shell on Windows), here are a couple links, although I'm sure there are more:

-Too many to list on this site. Go to . Select category 'runs on MS Windows'. Lists 9 distributions (inc. Slackware-based).
Old 02-16-2004, 01:36 PM   #4
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Midlands, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10, Mandrake 9.2, Knoppix, Win XP
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I have to say, I don't think Slack is the best distro for an (apparently) new Linux user. I know it's not as l33t, but you could try Mandrake for a while to cut your teeth and then move on to a more technical distro later. Please don't think that I'm dissing you - I don't know your level of expertise.

Good Luck!
Old 02-17-2004, 12:14 AM   #5
Registered: Feb 2004
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Hold on your horser guy .... everyone has a bad day or even a bad month ... i can tell ....

I think i have your problem, or very similar problem ... that's why i had lprng an cups installed at the same time .... you need to uninstall one of those two (i think cups is easier to use than lprng). If you decided to use cups, then uninstall lprng, and you can configure cups using the web interface http.//localhost:631, you should type root and your root password.

Anyway if, you have problems uninstalling, try to install again Slackware and you only choose CUPS, ok ?

If wanna give up on SLackware, you should try Mandrake, it is a good distro, it helped me and amazed me with the multimedia, but i'm a developer and need speed so i'm trying Slackware, i'm still a rookie using it.

Hope this paragraphs help you a bit ...
Old 02-18-2004, 10:49 PM   #6
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answers to your printing woes....
Old 02-18-2004, 11:35 PM   #7
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Perhaps you could consider selling your existing printer on ebay and just buying a new one. I had a HP5550 and it was a breeze. I think most of the HP printers have a HPIJS (?) language that is compatible with all recent distros! Not sure about other brands.


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