USB printing on Ubuntu 9.10

January 31st, 2010 by Alistair MacDonald Leave a reply »

Last year a purchased an Aspire Revo R3600 with a 160GB HDD that I installed Ubuntu on. It has been a great little machine and I am very pleased with it.

Somewhere down the line my old LaserJet printer (from Freegle/Freecycle) that is connected using a cheep USB to Parallel adapter (off ebay) stopped working. It is a problem that many people appear to have had when they upgraded Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala). After a bit (okay, a lot) of debugging I have figured out that you need to treat the USB device as a parallel printer and not the default USB printer. To do this change the URL prefix from “usb:” to “parallel:”, or if that is nonsense to you use the following instructions.

  • Go to the printing devices by selecting “System”, “Administration”, and then “Printing”.
  • Right click on the old printer (if one is there) and select delete.
  • Click the “New” button.
  • Select “Other” and enter the device URI as”parallel:/dev/usblp0″.
  • Select your printer as you would normally and it should then work (a reboot may be required).

Remember this is only for if you are using a parallel printer with a USB converter. I hope this helps you, and if it does and you have posted for help elsewhere, please help someone else by going back and posting the answer (or link back to here). Finally, before you smug Windows users start having a go, it took me longer to get the converter running on my XP machine. :-P


1 comment

  1. Gareth says:

    Would this present any problems if you were taking your files to a flyer or brochure printers for a large run?

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