Printer not recognised in Redhat 6.1

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I have a HP Deskjet 200 printer. I had previously installed Redhat 5.0 (Linux 2.0) - the printer configuration was a part of the setup and I did not have any problems. I have recently installed (not upgraded) Redhat 6.1 (Linux 2.2) and the printer configuration was not a part of the installation. I then logged in as root and ran the printtool command. The problem is that printtool fails to autodetect my printer. How do I set up the printer manually? Is there another way?

PS. The printer works fine in Win95.
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Change your printer definition from /dev/lp1 to /dev/lp0. This changed in the 2.2 kernel. Check /etc/printcap for this.

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could you please be more specific - the printcap file is setup by the printtool utility - my question is how do I do it without it? (or with it - if there is a workaround)

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Can you see lp=/dev/lp1 in your /etc/printcap? If so, change it to lp=/dev/lp0.
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There are absolutely no entries in the printcap file. I don't know what to do!
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In Redhat 6.1 generic installs, parallel port support is not installed by default in the kernel. Recompile the kernel with parellel port support installed. It's sort of dumb not to have it installed already. I figured it out by reading some redhat docs on their site. Hope that helps =)

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Oh boy, that is some work! I have never done anything like that, I feel the toughest parts are going to be the configuration and the post-build work. Could you give me a few pointers - or possibly mail me the .config file.

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