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    Printer Problem with Mandrake 7.1

    Recent circumstances made a reinstall necessary and now there is a problem with the printer that my Linux mentor is unable to solve. I did some of the install myself [my first attempt] and he did the rest, leaving the printer for me to do with printtool. Everything looked good there and the test pages were perfect. But the printer could only make the noises of printing from Netscape. My friend got the printer to work with a telnet session [he lives some distance away]. The problem is that before I can print the material I want, a page precedes each print job which looks something like a banner printout but letter-size. The first couple to print said "Root" and what looked like test page but the letters were all over the place. Now it prints my name on line 1, stdin on line 2, and what looks like localhost on the third line. At the bottom of the page: Job: stdin and the date and time.
    Some of the things we checked were: an ls of /var/spool/lp0 which was OK; lpq said "no entries"; I emailed him the contents of "general.cfg, postscript.cfg, textonly.cfg and /etc/printcap, all of which were OK.
    If anyone has run into this problem before and would kindly point me in the right direction for a remedy, I would be most grateful.

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    Re:Printer Problem with Mandrake 7.1

    Is this printer connected directly to your PC?
    What connector type (USB, parallel port, LAN)?
    What kind of printer are we dealing with?
    And are you using CUPS or lpd?

    I ask this since I am a moron with Mandrake. Mandrake hates me. Must be my fedora on my monitor ... ;D Anyhow, I am pretty sure that the printtool has just configured your stuff weird. I may need to do things the hard way.

    Here is my print configuration with LPD as the print daemon and a HP1000C:

    Code:
    [aschott@system11 etc]$ cat printcap
    # /etc/printcap
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT! MANUAL CHANGES WILL BE LOST!
    # This file is autogenerated by printconf-backend during lpd init.
    #
    # Hand edited changes can be put in /etc/printcap.local, and will be included.
    
    hp:\
    :ml=0:\
    :mx=0:\
    :sd=/var/spool/lpd/hp:\
    :af=/var/spool/lpd/hp/hp.acct:\
    :sh:\
    :lp=|/usr/share/printconf/util/smbprint:\
    :lpd_bounce=true:\
    :if=/usr/share/printconf/util/mf_wrapper:
    
    hp1000c:\
    :ml=0:\
    :mx=0:\
    :sd=/var/spool/lpd/hp1000c:\
    :af=/var/spool/lpd/hp1000c/hp1000c.acct:\
    :sh:\
    :lp=/dev/lp0:\
    :lpd_bounce=true:\
    :if=/usr/share/printconf/util/mf_wrapper:
    
    ###############################################################################
    ## Everything below here is included verbatim from /etc/printcap.local       ##
    ###############################################################################
    # printcap.local
    #
    # This file is included by printconf's generated printcap,
    # and can be used to specify custom hand edited printers.
    I, via printconf-gui on RedHat 7.3 got the HP setup okay. I am not too fond of hacking the config files when I dont have to

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    Re:Printer Problem with Mandrake 7.1

    Thanks, Schotty.

    [quote author=GOP Schotty link=board=2;threadid=4739;start=0#47212 date=1030469683]
    Is this printer connected directly to your PC?
    As far as I know, directly to PC

    What connector type (USB, parallel port, LAN)?
    parallel, as printtool recognized the printer

    What kind of printer are we dealing with?
    Epson Stylus 740 Color

    And are you using CUPS or lpd
    code]
    probably lpd

    This printer was originally configured along with the initial Mandrake installation two years ago by my friend, who had no problems.



    [/quote]

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