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Ubuntu - Printer Driver

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by Tugger12, Dec 19, 2010.

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  1. Tugger12

    Tugger12 Thread Starter

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    Hi, does anybody know how to amend the printer driver within Ubuntu (running off the CD, not installed) ? Mine is currently defaulted to 'Generic Printer' which does not work. Doesn't appear to give me the option to change or select different printers ?
     
  2. rbees

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    Couple things come to mind.

    1. You may need root permissions to add a printer.

    2. There is a web interface to cups (common unix printing system) you would get to it by entering something like localhost:631 in the address bar of a browser, if it is installed that is. You may also need root here too.

    I am not really aquainted with ubuntu. I use full blown Debian Testing. What version of Ubuntu?
     
  3. Tugger12

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    Thanks, it's Ubuntu 10.10 I'm using (booting off the disc, not the installed version)

    Any ideas ?
     
  4. rbees

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    I have downloaded 10.10 and have in running in a vm. Yes the above does work. Also at the top of the screen there is a button for "System". There is a printer manager in there. One thing you need to bear in mind is that because you are running in a temporary environment any changes you make will not be saved through a reboot.

    I tried to add a printer and it seemed to work for me. But all my printers are networked and I am running in a vm so the printers were not detected. That means that I would have to have the actual name/ip of the printer to actually install it.

    Either of the two above methods should serve your purpose.
     
  5. rbees

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    Click System > Administration > Printing

    Click Add

    From there you are on your own. I don't have any local printers so I can't help unless you have a networked printer.
     
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