Fun with lp

Tomasz Ciolek tmc at
Tue Aug 21 12:34:42 EST 2001

 Hi Antti,

 1. can you provide the listing of the modules that are loaded?
 2. Does you kernel support parport printers?
 3. Is the printer set up so that lpr can spool to it?

On Tue, Aug 21, 2001 at 12:12:28PM +1000, Antti.Roppola at wrote:
> Hello all,
> Can anyone offer suggestions on what to look at next in
> getting my Gestetner postscript laser printer (much the
> same as an Apple LaserwriterII) to work?
> The box dual boots and it prints OK in Windows. Installing
> the printer took some effort as I had to tell Windows _not_
> to use bidirectional parallel ports and such. From memory,
> the port is set to SPP in BIOS.
> According to Windows the parallel port is at 0378 IRQ7.
> Under Linux, I have tried a number of things in conf.modules,
> mostly looking like permutations of:
> 	alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc	# was already there.
> 	options lp io=0x378 irq=7		# tried a few things
> Then variously modprobe, insmod & modconf to load the module.
> The above setting seems to be acceptable, but when I dump text
> to the device, the printer blinks lights for a long while and
> nothing else happens.
> daria:/etc# echo "foo" > /dev/lp1
> daria:/etc# echo "foo" > /dev/lp0
> >From  messages:
> Aug 21 08:55:32 daria -- MARK --
> Aug 21 08:57:42 daria kernel: lp1 at 0x0378, (polling) 
> Aug 21 08:59:30 daria kernel: lp0 at 0x0378, (polling) 
> I'd look at modules more, but it seems that the parallel port
> is talking to the printer, they're just not doing anything
> constructive. Do I need to tell the parallel port module not
> to try any bidirectional stuff?
> TIA,
> Antti

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