Monday, April 04, 2005


So, when I installed my machine I had my one netoworked laser printer (HP 4050TN), and Mandrake did a great job helping me to install it through the print manager. Worked without a hitch.
However, I recently got an inkjet, HP DeskJet 6540xi. After a quick look around I found out that I don't have the the right driver. However, HP is doing a damn good job to make sure the community is creating driver support for many printer, and is a great resource to learn how to configure your printers, as well as find the right drivers.

Mandrake comes with hpisj (which is the recommended driver for my deskjet). It is included in the printer-filters-10.1-0.2mdk rpm
(btw, you can find that out by typing : $ rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/bin/hpijs)
The included version is 1.6.1, which is almost the latest...
All that I had to do was to download the PPD file from, and using the Mandrake Control Center, go to Hardware->printing and add my new printer (first add the PPD and then pick it from the list).
After that, I just added a new queue, and started printing pictures!

One nice little tip, cups has a great little GUI to manage printers, jobs, etc. You can access it via: http://localhost:631

I have to admit, this was a lot easier than I thought!

print away.. :)

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