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Old 12-24-2003, 03:42 AM   #1
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printer & cd-rw install on Slack 8.1

I succesfully managed to install a Slack 8.1 on my old trusty P 233 Mhz w. 64 MB of RAM. Bare.i kernel option on install.
Everything seems to work fine, except the fact I have no clue on how to install my Canon inkjet printer & my Sony cd-rw.
Can you help please?

Some more info:
Slack does NOT hane any graphical tool to install / configure a printer. So how it has to be done? When trying to print using lpr -Plp job-name nothing happens :-(
cdrecord -scanbus does NOT recognize my cd-rw.
Thank you for your support.
Old 12-24-2003, 04:24 AM   #2
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If you check your mail as root (run pine) you'll see a mail that describes a few tasks. One of them is setting up your printer. I would however say that you want to look at for a more fully featured printing system than comes with Slack 8.1.

As for the CD-RW, do you have ide-scsi support loading? Typically this is loaded somewhere around line 508 of /etc/rc.d/rc.modules. You can list your loaded modules using lsmod. If it's there then its a good sign, however you'll need to pass the kernel the parameter metioned in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules above the ide-scsi line (about line 500). For my box I've got
append = "hdc=ide-scsi"
in /etc/lilo.conf but this will depend on which device your CD-RW is.

If you do change anything in /etc/lilo.conf remember to run the lilo command afterwards. Out of curiousity why did you install 8.1 instead of 9.1?

HTH and welcome to LinuxQuestions


Last edited by jharris; 12-24-2003 at 04:25 AM.
Old 12-24-2003, 03:23 PM   #3
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I would strongly recommend you to upgrade to slackware 9.1 as the version you are using is at least two years old.
Old 12-24-2003, 06:46 PM   #4
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Yes I also second that! The main reason i recommend this is because 9.1 already has the ide-scsi module as defult so u wouldnt have to recompile the kernel. But if u dont want to upgrade to 9.1. Try this:

lsmod post what you get from there add that line append=ide-scsi above the boot i believe its right under the last comment.

Then once thats all done and when u lsmod and it shows that ide-scsi modules is loaded reboot, then type dmesg and look for your burner . This is kinda what mine said /dev/hdd ide-scsi detected at /dev/sr0 blah blah thats all we really need to know. Then once u figure out that if this is your only cd drive on your computer then change this in your fstab from /dev/cdrom to /dev/sr0 then add user so users can access it then as root

chown root /usr/bin/cdrecord,readcd
then chmod 700 /usr/bin/cdrecord,readcd Then figure out which program your going to burn with and there your are!!! Good Luck if u have any trouble just post i will help you out and im sure any one else will too!!! As for your printer do what jharris metioned. Its really easy to figure out its not hard at all!!! One recommendation about printer software DON'T USE TURBOPRINT unless you have some money to give to them. Anyways GOOD luck!!!!



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