Linux does not detect my usb printer!?!
I have taken the job as sysadmin to my parent's computer ever since they bought it several years ago (it had win me on it :dazed: ). Over the years, it has recieved several upgrades and such over my short school breaks. Once the warranty ran out I put Win XP on it and sure enough it has had problems at every turn. With the latest problem, I have decided to switch it over to linux. My parents have reluctantly agreed to try it out as long as they can do everything they were able to do before (I am trying to convert one person at a time :P ).
I have set everything up and all is well except for one thing. The printer. This could be a deal breaker because it works fine in Windoze. And, I have no idea where to start with this problem because I have never dealt with usb/printer problems in linux. So, I was hoping you may know where to start.......
Here is my problem:
After installing Mandrake on the computer, I went to the menu for printing in kde. Through the add printer wizard, I chose local printer and then chose the detect printers. It says that there are no detected printers. So, I fooled around with the other settings, but it still does not find a printer.
With that, I decided to try Ubuntu to see if it makes any difference. And it does not. I am now back to Mandrake.
My parents have a Lexmark x73 all-in-one usb printer. I have tried turning it on and off as well as trying different ports on the computer. With some research on LinuxPrinting.org, I have found that this printer will only be able to print in Linux and none of the other functions. That is fine.
Thanks for the help!!