Install Local Printer

For : Mepis Linux

by : je.saist

This guide focus's on the installation of a localized printer to Mepis Linux.  A localized printer is one that is attached by either a parallel port, a serial port, or a USB port.  This guide uses a USB printer attached through an old Asus P5-A board.  

Let's get to work

1: First step is to open the KDE Control Center.

In recent versions of Mepis, it is in the lower left hand corner.

2: The KDE Control Center should open up and give you a welcome screen.

3: Click on Peripherals

4: Under peripherals Click on Printers

5: Now, you can add a printer without having to login to root. However, to be on the safe side of the install, look to the bottom of the Control Center.  There should be a button labeled Administrator Mode.

Click the Administrator Mode button

6: KDE will now ask for the Root Password

Enter the root password and Click OK

7: Screen suddenly got a lot busier.  This is not as bad in higher resolution modes.

8: There should be a Button labeled Add

Click on Add

9: Underneath Add there should be a line that states Add Printer/Class

Left Click on Add Printer/Class

10: KDE's print wizard will now say hello.  

Click Next

11: KDE has several options listed for what printers it can install.  Most of these are pretty clearly labeled, so don't worry about them. The only one we are interested in is the Local Printer

12: Left Click the dot next to Local Printer

Then Click Next

13: KDE will now list the locations for the printers.  If you are using a Parallel port the location is fairly obvious.  Anyways, since this printer is using USB, we need to scroll down the list.

14: The nice part is that most USB printers will list themselves under the USB segment. In this case, the USB printer I'm using is clearly listed, and identified. It's an HP Photosmart 7350

15: Once the printer has been located, Left Click on the Printer

Then Click Next

16: KDE will now load the drivers it has for the printer. This may take a few minutes.

Visit Some Roomies while you wait.

17: Okay, KDE now has has the list of supported printers up.

First, find the brand of your printer under Manufacturer

18: In this case the brand I'm using is Hewlett Packard, or HP.

Second, find the model of your printer under Model

19: Most HP printers are well supported under Linux. In this case my 7350 is listed.

Make sure you have clicked on your model and that the model is highlighted

20: Once your printer is selected, Click Next

21: One of the reasons why HP is a good choice. hpijs

KDE is pretty intelligent about picking working drivers, so just Hit Next

22: At this point KDE will allow you to test the printer.

If you have done this install without entering root you will be prompted to enter the root password when you hit test.

Go ahead and click test

22a: You should get this out of your printer

23: If you get a properly printed CUPS test page, Click Next

24: You can always change this later, but these banners can put items such as the date, time, or the printer from which the pages came from.  Unless you really want to put banners, Hit Next

25: Worried about your (about to be ex) best-friend using your printer to print everything under alt.binary?  At this point you can set size and page quotas for your printer.

The average user probably won't care about this, so just Click Next

26: I really didn't mess around with this when creating this guide. The User Access settings are more likely to be used in a corporate environment where only certain people can use a printer.

If your doing a single printer or a small network, just Click Next

27: You will need to enter a name for the printer.

28: Location, however, is optional. Once you have the name filled in, Click Next

29: KDE will now summarize the installation. Click Finish

If you have not entered the root password, you will be asked to enter the root password at this time by a pop-up dialog box.

30: And the printer should now be listed and accessible to the rest of the system.

take me back to the Printer Blitz.

take me back to the guides

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