Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 12:53 UTC
Linux This is a problem I've been dealing with for a while now. I have a Lexmark printer which I've bought without checking for compatibility with Linux (I bought it when I was still using Windows), and as it turns out, this printer is not supported in Linux. I switched to Linux on my main desktop full-time late last year, so instead of to my desktop, I hooked this printer up to my bedroom Windows 7 media server/HTPC, and whenever I need to print, I just drop the file in question on this machine, and print form there. I need a better solution. Update: As it turns out, Lexmark has recently started releasing Linux drivers (good stuff). Still, the problem at hand stands, as there might still be other printers that suffer from the same problem.
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Printer success
by dldiamond on Thu 10th Jun 2010 13:48 UTC
dldiamond
Member since:
2009-06-10

Can't speak for your issue really, but I thought I would share that my HP Deskjet 6940 is amazingly well supported in Linux. Its attached to the network (I insisted on a printer with an ethernet port) and Cups picks it up from the network, detects the model number, and immediately chooses the right driver for it. Actually, this printer was way easier to set up in Linux than it was in Windows, and I'm using Slackware.

Also, no 100 MB driver installing all kinds of crap to deal with.

As for your printer... it sounds like a worthless piece of "technology". Do you want a better solution or the best solution.... because the best solution involves an axe. ;)

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RE: Printer success
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 10th Jun 2010 14:27 in reply to "Printer success"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I agree, HP has provided great printer support for Unix-like operating systems, and my HP CLJ3600 works flawlessly. ;)

I'm going to have to disagree about CUPS though. Every so often, CUPS will corrupt the print queue, and I'll get error messages where a document should be. I just have to delete the printer and re-add it, but it's annoying. This may be something localized to the two latest Fedora releases.

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RE[2]: Printer success
by dldiamond on Thu 10th Jun 2010 14:47 in reply to "RE: Printer success"
dldiamond Member since:
2009-06-10

"I'm going to have to disagree about CUPS though. Every so often, CUPS will corrupt the print queue,"

I've never seen this happen, but honestly I rarely use the printer so it might not be an issue for that reason. I have had my printer for at least 3 or 4 years and according to the web interface my total page count is about 500.

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