Printer Driver: how to change it ?

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Wed Mar 18 17:25:01 UTC 2009

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM, Vincent Trouilliez
<vincent.trouilliez at> wrote:
> I am on Ubuntu 8.10, and apparently the printer configuration tool
> (System->Admnistration->Printing) does not let me specify the driver I
> want to use. In previous versions of Ubuntu, the Print admin tool
> offered a list of 3 or 4 drivers for me to chose from.
> How to specify/select what driver to use, in 8.10 ?

apparently the only time you can change the driver is when you create
the new printer queue, so just start the process to create a new print
queue and choose your driver then. If it won't allow you to create
more than one queue pointing to the same printer, you'll have to
delete the old one and start over for each attempt.

ALTERNATIVELY, you can connect to CUPS using your web browser. Go to
this address: http://localhost:631 then choose the existing print
queue and specify a different driver.

> I am trying to change the driver because the default driver in 8.10 has
> problems that I find more than annoying (printer is a HP Laserjet 6P):
> - When I print a PDF file, the driver is so slow to process the job,

I have had some similar problems in eeebuntu 8.10 running on my ASUS
netbook... I think there is some sort of strangeness with the printer
tool or CUPS in 8.10. On my network it usually seems to work best
printing from 8.10 to a printer attached to another 8.10 system. I
have sometimes made it work better by deleting and re-creating the
printer queue using either the printer tool or the web interface.

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