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will installing another distro solve my printer woe?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:00 pm    Post subject: will installing another distro solve my printer woe? Reply with quote

My desktop has a printer problem where the USB and LPT1 devices seem to be "locked". It has Mandriva 2008.1 XFCE. I had been thinking for awhile to install another
distro (maybe #!, #!-lite, or Vector Linux 6.0) over it. Will that solve my printer problem, i.e., will it "unlock" the USB and LPT1 devices? Or is this problem must be solved
regardless of the distro on it? Or can it be fixed in the BIOS?

Below is the CUPS forum letter. Below that is the #! link to my FAM/Gamin problem which may or may not be related to the printer woe.

What do you think? Install another distro or fix the printer woe?

Sheng-Chieh

-----

Background: I have a Samsung ML-2510 monochrome laser printer.
Initially I used CUPS and it did not work (maybe too new for
this old distro). So I downloaded the Unified Linux Driver
from Samsung's website,

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta … 10&lan
guage=&cate_type=all&dType=D&mType=DR&vType=&prd_ia_cd=06010400&disp_nm=ML-2510&model_cd=ML-2510/XAA&menu=download

Installed it on the desktop and everything worked fine.

Shutdown for the night and the next day, it doesn't work. Deleted the printer
and try coping off the PPD and raster files as in

http://openprinting.org/show_printer.cg … ng-ML-2510
(scroll down 4/5)
(This approach works fine on my laptop).

Then used CUPS admistration to add an new printer. Enter name, location, and
description -> continue. The USB or LPT1 port does not show up in the device
list (it did for the laptop). It seems as if something (due to Samsung's
Unified Linux Driver) is holding onto the USB.

I need the desktop to "let go" of the USB and LPT1 devices. How do I do this?

More information: I tried to boot an liveCD (Crunchbang-lite) and got an error
message saying

Error: Unable to establish connection with FAM.
Do you have "FAM" or "Gamin" installed and running?

and no terminal, no firefox, no nothing pops up when i clicked for them, so
I didn't bother to install. However, I wonder if FAM/Gamin has anything to
do with no USB or LPT1.

About this desktop: The lspci and lsmod outputs are at

http://shengchieh.50webs.com/lspcioutput.txt
http://shengchieh.50webs.com/lsmodoutput.txt

Thank in advance for any help.

Sheng-Chieh

----- FAM/Gamin probl;em

http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic … o-nothing/
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for replying.

I did install another distro (CrunchBag lite). Ran the liveCD with
safe graphics (liveCD complained about FAM and Gamin) and
saw I could setup the printer. So I installed #! lite, wiping out
everything else. Printer si fine now. The only drawback is
spending a few days to configure to my likings.

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