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Old 03-11-2015, 09:44 PM   #106
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Widget, I will probably go the CD route as that is the way I had loaded Ubuntu the first time. I also more than likely will go the "something else" route as well. I have learned one thing and that is to try to look over all the options one might see then jump in and hope you understood it correctly. I don't dare say to much though as I often mess up! Thank you for your reply, Jim
 
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error system log

Mar 10 00:13:07 james-System-Product-Name rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="7.4.4" x-pid="643" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] rsyslogd was HUPed
Mar 10 00:13:31 james-System-Product-Name kernel: [ 366.720023] parport0: FIFO is stuck
Mar 10 00:13:31 james-System-Product-Name kernel: [ 366.768046] parport0: BUSY timeout (1) in compat_write_block_pio
Mar 10 00:13:41 james-System-Product-Name kernel: [ 376.768024] DMA write timed out

Before I re-install Ubuntu, I checked the begining of the system log at the top of the page and the above is what is shown. Could it be the System-Product-Name shown could be the problem? If it is, would there be a way to delete it? Thanks, Jim
Ps, It seems as though whatever it is, it looks like a continious loop as the log keep growing with the errors as i watch.
 
Old 03-12-2015, 09:36 AM   #108
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Could it be the System-Product-Name shown could be the problem? If it is, would there be a way to delete it?
That's just the "hostname" of your system; the "syslog" file can keep the log for several different machines, so each entry begins with a timestamp followed by the name of the machine to which it applies. That's a bit confusing when you have only one machine involved but most of us eventually just "filter it out" mentally and never seem to notice it.

The word that follows it in these excerpts, such as "kernel:" in the important three you quote, tells which module of the system made the entry. All three taken together indicate that for some unknown reason, a critical part of the print driver (the FIFO, first-in-first-out storage area) that's in the kernel (the central processing code that makes everything work) is not doing its job correctly. The driver code then tries again, with the same result, and it never stops.

If the driver were working properly, this loop would eventually time out and simply stop. Since that's not happening, I suspect that there's hidden damage that's NOT being logged.

I also suspect that a reinstallation is going to be your only solution. It's probable that the actual driver is part of the "ppd" file that could be changed, but it's also probable that whatever went wrong damaged other portions of the kernel code, and changing to a different ppd file would NOT fix that.

The kernel can be reinstalled, and sometimes that happens as part of a system update, but doing so outside of an update is much trickier than a simple reinstall -- and doesn't guarantee that the whole system is back to "normal" either.
 
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JimKyle, So I guess I will re-install a bit later tonight. I have the ISO CD I made when I did the install in the first place. Thanks for your information. I would like to ask you something about my HP Deskjet 6988dt printer though. When I do the re-installation, would there possibly be a PPD that actually recognizes the ability to print on both sides of the page? The printer has the "optional 2 sided printing accessory" and, the "optional 250 sheet Plain paper tray" as well. It would be nice to not waste so much paper printing out single-sided pages.

Thank you very much, Jim
 
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I re-installed Unbuntu 14.04.1LTS and the printer is back to not working correctly as it has originally was and is not trying to keep printing continiously as well as garbage page after page. I just hope at some point I might be able to get it to actually work as it should. Thanks for your's as well as the other folks that have tried hard to help, Jim
 
  


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