Re: Why are printers such a hassle?
From: Michael Heiming (michael+USENET_at_www.heiming.de)
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 20:24:02 +0100
In comp.os.linux.misc Bill Chapman <email@example.com>:
> Why is it that every printer comes with a CD-Rom containing it's driver?
> Why doesn't ANSI just come up with some standards for ways printers are
> to behave, then you just write one driver for each OS to handle that
> standard, and then you can use any printer you want from any
> manufacturer that conforms to that standard?
AFAIK postscript capable printer behave somehow like this.
> I just had to buy a new printer because my old one died. I went to a
> giant electronics store, they had at least a dozen printers under $100,
> and I looked them all up in the SuSE hardware database and NONE of them
> were explicitly supported.
Yeah, linux loves quality hardware, the more expensive it is,
the more likely it will be perfectly supported. One reason is for
sure that linux server market share is constantly growing.
> The store had the HP Photosmart 7450. The SuSE database said both the
> 7350 and 7550 were supported, so I gambled and bought it (the store is
> really good about taking stuff back if it doesn't work). I bought
> separate ink cartridges so I can return the printer with the original
> ink cartridges unopened.
> My previous printer was an HP, so I already had hpijs installed. I went
> through the instructions on the HP linux printer website about how to
> install a printer. The instructions didn't match the behavior of my
> SuSE, maybe it's because I'm SuSE 9.0 and perhaps the instructions are
> describing a different SuSE release. I did the best I could, telling
> the OS the printer was a 7350 (it's really a 7450). The printer finally
> started working, text and graphics mode. Then, after a reboot, lpq
> keeps saying "printer is not ready" (see post "printer trouble"
> yesterday). I've rebooted several times, I've powered down, the queue
> just keeps coming back saying "printer is not ready".
Bought a new printer some times ago, due to the fact that I
wasn't willing to pay the hp ink cartridges prices anymore. Last
time being about to get a new set 1*black + 1*color, there were
*3* new printer available for the same price as my two
After pretty good experience with an Epson scanner, got a RX600
all-in-one USB2 printer/scanner/etc. They seem to take linux
If you want to use the amazing photo printing capabilities, you
might need a pretty recent gimp-print installed to find the
printer 100% supported.
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