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Help, my printer won't print in Linux!

Mar 13, 2000, 06:34 (16 Talkback[s])


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[ Thanks to Jonathan Appleton for this tip. ]

This story has helped me greatly after spending hours and hours unsucessfully tweaking Linux to work with my printer. They really present a straightforward answer without all the BS that other help sites give.


Question: I'm having trouble printing with my Linux computer. I've got the printer hooked up to the parallel port and I've enabled everything in BIOS. However, when I try to reference the printer as a device, I get "No such device." I've tried using the printtool command and the output to "lp" is accepted, but it just sits there in queue. The same printer works fine on other computers and in Windows. How do I print in Linux?
-Frustrated at my printer
Omaha, NE

Dear Frustrated,
The fix is simpler than you think. Just add the following line to your /etc/conf.modules files:

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc

Save the file and reboot your computer. Your printer should be fixed and ready to rock.