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How to use Lexmark Z42 USB printer?
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MEoip

Joined: 09 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun 2007, 17:14    Post subject:  How to use Lexmark Z42 USB printer?
Subject description: The wizard isn't cutting it
 

My Lexmark printer has prevented me from switching to Linux before but now that I have found a fast version I'm more insistent on switching. The Lexmark shows up on the USBview. I have run the Printer Wizard in the Wizard Wizard menu.

I choose USB as the kernel device driver. I named the printer lexmark I tried the "name of the device" as /dev/ubs/LP1 I also tried LP0 and lexmark. I did not get any of these to work. Am I doing something wrong or is my lexmark going to ruin my plans again?

FYI: When I tried ubuntu I could get half a page printed.

I don't know much if anythign about Puppy or linux so please keep your help simple.
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zigbert


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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun 2007, 18:10    Post subject:  

have you tried writing /dev/usb/lp0 (LP with small letters).
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twodees

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun 2007, 20:46    Post subject: Re: Lexmark Z42 install
Subject description: I need some help getting my z42 installed...
 

MEoip wrote:
My Lexmark printer has prevented me from switching to Linux before but now that I have found a fast version I'm more insistent on switching. The Lexmark shows up on the USBview. I have run the Printer Wizard in the Wizard Wizard menu.

I choose USB as the kernel device driver. I named the printer lexmark I tried the "name of the device" as /dev/ubs/LP1 I also tried LP0 and lexmark. I did not get any of these to work. Am I doing something wrong or is my lexmark going to ruin my plans again?

FYI: When I tried ubuntu I could get half a page printed.

I don't know much if anythign about Puppy or linux so please keep your help simple.


Check to see if you have selected the z42 as the default printer in the installation wizard. The wizard mentions this step, but I had forgotten it when I installed my z53. Hope it's as simple as that.
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MEoip

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun 2007, 16:14    Post subject: tried  

I did try using small letters. I posted with caps because the capital I and lower case l look the same so I also tried Ip. I also did try setting the z42 as the default printer though this seems to have no visible effect. In XP when I go to file - print the default printer is highlighted already. When I do this in puppy I have to select the z42 in the print dialog box. So this may be my problem but if it is I'm not sure what I've done wrong...
Thanks again.
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gamfa

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun 2007, 17:34    Post subject:  

Have you tried this.....

http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Lexmark-Z42

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silverojo


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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 01:41    Post subject:  

I had the same problem...and now, I have the problem again, because I lost my notes on how to fix it! Confused

If someone could help with this--the problem is that Puppy isn't connecting with the USB port that the printer is in, and there's something you have to do from the command line.

Could somebody please post their suggestions, as I'd like to be able to hook up my printer again....
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silverojo


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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 04:25    Post subject:  

OK, I found the answer in my notes. Here's how you get Puppy to recognize your USB printer, if using the Wizard doesn't work.

Click on CONSOLE, then type the following at the prompt:

Code:
modprobe usblp


That will enable Puppy to recognize the USB port that your printer is on. Use the printer wizard as normal. Afterward, while xpdq is still running, click PRINTER, then SET AS DEFAULT.

That should solve your problem. Smile
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 09:57    Post subject:  

I'm going over to CUPS for pup 2.17, and it will at least have the same Gutenprint printer drivers as the current pup. A lot more configurable with the CUPS web interface.

Also, 'usblp' module will always be loaded at bootup, even if you don't have a usb printer.
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