[Ubuntu Wiki] Update of "DebuggingPrintingProblems" by till-kamppeter
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The "DebuggingPrintingProblems" page has been changed by till-kamppeter:
We highly recommend not to buy and use these adapters to get old parallel-only printers connected to newer computers without parallel port. Please try the following alternatives:<<BR>>
- 1. First check whether the printer is really parallel-only. If it has a USB or Ethernet port, use one of these for connection. If you do not have free USB ports on your computer, use USB hub.
+ 1. First check whether the printer is really parallel-only. If it has a USB or Ethernet port, use one of these for connection. If you do not have free USB ports on your computer, use a USB hub.
2. If you have already a USB -> Parallel adapter and you have an All-in-One router (or NAS) with USB port, try to connect the printer with the adapter there, if the router has print server functionality, your printer should appear as a network printer.
3. You can also get an old JetDirect (or compatible) network print box on eBay or Amazon for cheap, which also makes a network printer out of your printer.
+ 4. At least with USB -> Parallel adapters you can use with a Ubuntu machine proceeding as follows: Make sure that there is no other native USB printer or printer with USB -> Parallel adapter connected. This works only with one single printer on USB. Set up the printer with the device URI "parallel:/dev/usb/lp0", either by selecting "Enter URI" on the first page of the add-printer wizard of system-config-printer, or by right-clicking the icon of an existing (non-working) print queue, choosing "Properties" in the pop-up menu, and editing the "Device URI" field in the properties dialog. Note that you have to select printer manufacturer and model manually when adding a new printer.
Note that if the alternative you choose makes a network printer out of your printer that system-config-printer should find it as a network printer (wait for the scan to finish when the spinning icon disappears, then open the "Network printer" section). Perhaps you will need to choose make and model of the printer manually to finish the setup.<<BR>>
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