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Carter McArthur
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:38 pm    Post subject: Anyone for working-CUPS / HOWTO Reply with quote

All,

Useful Note: If you do not have "nmap" on your machine, you should run "emerge nmap" before proceeding.

We found after working for weeks, why we could not make CUPS work with our Print Server. We started with our LinkSys EPSX3 and switched to our NetGear PS110, because we found more support for the PS110. What we found that made the difference was we had to go to the link:

http://www.linuxprinting.org/printer_list.cgi

Enter our printer information (make, model), generate and download the .ppd, renaming it with an appropriate print_queue name.

Then we went to the http://localhost:631 and defined the printer, substituting the print server IP for the HOSTNAME and the QUEUE name as follows:
Code:
Device URI: lpd://192.168.1.116/ps381845
Where PS381845 is the listing name from "nmap" for our PS110 print server. We found assigning the .ppd file to the print server network name was essential. Also nmap shows the IP Address needed to assign in the string above.

This means you should have the following file on your system:
Code:
/etc/cups/cupsd.conf
/etc/cups/printers.conf
/etc/cups/ppd/p_queue_name.ppd
where "p_queue_name.ppd" is the name of your downloaded and renamed .ppd file.

Next we found, though we selected "US Letter" we had margin errors so followed the procedure at:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=42772

Where we change the line in the .ppd file as follows:
Code:
Before:
*ImageableArea Letter/US Letter: "0 0 612 792"

After:
*ImageableArea Letter/US Letter: "18 18 594 774"
by adding 18 to the first two number and subtracting 18 from the 2nd two number for the imagable area.

Once we got all this done, our CUPs printing worked fine with our NetGear PS110 print server and our HP4L printer. We will retry this information with our LinkSys and post the finding here to see if the problem is also corrected there. We assume we will, at a minimum, have to copy the .ppd file so the LinkSys printer def has its own print queue.

Thanks to all who helped during this process!

IronFoot and OldManRiver


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why did you post this in the installation thread. It should be in the howto section and make the name a little more specific so it doesn't look like just another cups thread.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: Instructions Reply with quote

davascript,

You say post in HOWTO, but this forum does not have HOWTO section, so what are you referring to and how do we do it!

Ironfoot thought you meant doc tricks & tips so put it there. Is that what you meant?

OMR
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Documentation, Tips & Tricks.
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