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Driver for Lexmark X74-X75
1. Download lxx74-cups-0.8.2.tar.gz,
2. Untar it anywhere – tar zxf lxx74-cups-0.8.2.tar.gz on most GNU systems
3. cd lxx74-cups-0.8.2;
4. su root
5. bash ./lxx74-install. (Notice the last message, should be "Installation done.")
6. killall -HUP cupsd
The install script copies the files into the cups directories, normally
/etc/cups, /usr/share/cups/model, and /usr/lib/cups/filter. (Check with
cups-config --serverroot; cups-config --datadir; cups-config --serverbin)
You can then delete the un-tar'ed package.
You must use any of the CUPS interfaces to create a printer queue.
I did this on my system by
1. pointing my browser to http://localhost:631/admin (which requires that
cupsd is running),
2. logging in,
3. clicking on Add Printer,
4. Picking a short name (it appears that it cannot have spaces).
5. Scrolling down the devices list until I found “USB Printer 1”.
If the printer is connected, “Lexmark All In One” should appear next
to the device. Then I clicked “Continue”,
6. Selecting vendor “LEXMARK”, and clicking “Continue”,
7. Selecting model/driver “Lexmark All In One, 1.0 (en)”, and clicking “Continue”.
You may need to add some parameters to the file /etc/cups/lpoptions to compensate
for misalignment of the ink cartridge. (Actually, the directory where this file
goes is what you get from the command "cups-config --serverroot".
The following procedure may need to be repeated whenever you replace an ink
1. Using Cups' web interface, print a test page.
2. The test page has a black frame running around the page. If the vertical
lines of this frame are broken into 8-mm segments set off alternatingly
to the left and to the right, you need the parameter RTLAdjust=n, where
'n' is a number in the range [-25, 25]. It measures the offset in 600th
of an inch.
Notice that the segments do line up with eachother in portions of the page
that prints in colors. This is because the printer then prints the black
ink while moving the print head to the right, and prints the color ink
while moving the print head to the left – or vice versa. The jagged edge
appears when printing the same ink in both left-to-right and right-to-left
3. The test page has a "Color Wheel" showing triangular color gradients inside
black triangular borders. The color triagles are separated by fine white
lines that should be hidden under the balck borders. If the colors are
misplaced w.r.t the black borders, use the parameters BlackAdjustX=x and
BlackAdjustY=y where x and y are integers in the range [-25, 25]. They
measure the horizontal and vertical offsets respecively, in units of 600th
of an inch.
4. The format of the lpoptions file is one line per printer, each like in this
example, which is for a printer called “Thunder”:
Dest Thunder RTLAdjust=4 BlackAdjustX=-3 BlackAdjustY=7OA
5. That's it!
The tarball also contains the C source code, a Makefile, and a driver file lxx74.drv.
This driver file needs to be compiled with ppdc to generate the file lxx74.ppd.
Ppdc comes with cupsddk-1.0, see http://www.cups.org. Note that to link the C program
you need the gmp, GNU multiprecision math library, and zlib.
Please report bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrique Perez-Terron, on Saturday July 10, 2004."