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olddog

Joined: 21 Dec 2016
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PostPosted: Mon 25 Jun 2018, 19:34    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
olddog wrote:
Sadly, I have found printer installation to be more of a problem. I am still struggling to get my printer to print.


People can't help you if you won't identify the printer.


Indeed. But please note the words still struggling.

If and when I give up the struggle I shall humbly ask for help and list my equipment.
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2018, 20:05    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Burn_IT wrote:
Partly this is because many printer manufacturers don't provide the Linux drivers for their hardware as freely as they do the Windows divers.

The five major printer vendors all provide Linux drivers.

In many cases, the Linux setup will be simpler because you won't be forced into installing all the extra crap that comes with the Windows driver.


Spot on, Bill. Couldn't have put it better myself.

I've been running my old Epson SX218 for quite some years.....since before coming to Linux (and Puppy).

Under Windows, the process of installing the drivers took, on average, 37-38 minutes. I timed it, on more than one occasion.....and the drivers were only a very small percentage of what was being installed!

In Puppy, installing both printer and scanner drivers takes around 40 seconds, tops. Admittedly, then getting CUPS to recognise and make use of those drivers can be a slightly daunting experience for newcomers.....but the wealth of material on the matter, much of it provided by your good self, means that it's only ever a case of a few minutes trial & error for most folks who are even slightly computer-literate.

And there are plenty of us who are more than happy to offer advice born of much experience, and help out where necessary.


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nic007


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun 2018, 05:35    Post subject:  

Definitely no linux drivers for some canon products (I still need Windows to use my printer/scanner combo). Why so long to install windows drivers? My goodness it's all on the manufacturer's CD. It's just a matter of running the CD and auto installing everything. No cups shit.
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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun 2018, 06:16    Post subject:  

It doesn't take that long to install the drivers.
It might take a little longer to install the added optical software associated with the scanner though, but that can be avoided by doing a custom install - which you should ALWAYS do anyway, and selecting the components you want.

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun 2018, 07:25    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
It doesn't take that long to install the drivers.
It might take a little longer to install the added optical software associated with the scanner though, but that can be avoided by doing a custom install - which you should ALWAYS do anyway, and selecting the components you want.

Exactly, one can even copy the stuff you want to from CD to HDD (or download it). Installation from files on HDD will be quick. Even installing scanner software from CD is also relatively quick. I've done it a couple of times, 5 minutes max.
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