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HP-Printer 672C Config Help in X-Windows

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I'm running Linux 2.0.35 with X-Windows. I have never been able to get my printer to work.

Can any one work with me to get it working?

Thanks
Bob Ross
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JadeFang68 earned 400 total points
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Bross:

Try running printool and see if your printer is supported, I can tell you popular HP printers are on the list, including color ones. You can run printool from an xterm window.

Also, if port lp0 doesn't seem to work, try lp1. My box detected lp1 at installation, and that is supposed to be LPT1:, but according to the manuals, Linux SHOULD label it lp0!
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by:bross073097
ID: 1635191
Well this is most likly a good place to start. I don;t have printool on my system, where should I find it, I'm using Slackware.

Thanks
Bob Ross

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by:bross073097
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I checked every CD-Rom that came with my slackware and there is no printools on them.

Thanks
Bob Ross

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by:JadeFang68
ID: 1635193
Well, let's see how this works:

On the LinuxBerg site (http://www.linuxberg.com), you can get the source files for both printtool and the control panel module that let's you run it.

I am more familiar with the RedHat distribution, but I think with those source files, you can compile and make them run on Slackware. Let me know how it goes!
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by:bross073097
ID: 1635194
Thats an RPM program. I'm not set up for those.

Can you help me to configure the printer in Slackware with what I have here?.

Thanks
Bob Ross

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by:JadeFang68
ID: 1635195
Let me do some digging....We'll try!
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by:bross073097
ID: 1635196
OK Thanks

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by:pfouque
ID: 1635197
I think this is a common problem with HP Inkjet printers from series 600, 700 and 800 (I have an HP 720C). They use a proprietary language (PBM) which is not recognized as the expected IBM standard (PPA). So, you use a pbm2ppa converter, which is available at http://www.httptech.com/ppa/
It only prints in black and white and postscript files. For ASCII files, use enscript.
Also check at boot time that /dev/lp0 or /dev/lp1 is detected.
Good luck!
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by:bross073097
ID: 1635198
I looked in the /var/log/messages and it does not show /dev/lp0

I checked rc.d directory and it shows the line to activate lpd but the rc.moduals show /sbin/modprob lp

There is noting in any of the other rc.???? files. Where do I need to make sure it's set to run?.

I will then get that other file you mentioned above.

Thanks
Bob Ross

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by:bross073097
ID: 1635199
The auther says it's for gostscript only and it's command line printing. Would like to be able to click and print.

Thanks
Bob Ross

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by:pfouque
ID: 1635200
Check with dmesg | more. You should see a line such as:
lp0: using parport0 (polling)
If there is no such (or similar) line, check whether the
parallel port is enabled in your bios
What do you mean by "click and print"? With pbm2ppa, you can
send to the printer via "lpr file.ps". I am not aware of more complete software, but if you find it ...
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by:bross073097
ID: 1635201
I did away with the HP and purchased a Canon A900, All in one.

Can you help with this one?. The HP just was not going to get it no matter what I did it would not do anything.

Thanks



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