how to install drivers for printer

Asked by john g. mullen on 2006-12-01

I am getting online okay and that's cool!!!

I have the cd for my printer but don't know how to work it(my operating system is; ubuntu 6.06 LTS;after i click on the little cd symbol on screen then a window opens and i'm lost from then on

i also want to download win 98 and win xp upgrade

i'm a dork with windows and now an even bigger dork with
ubuntu(but i'm startin' to like it!!!)

so any directions you give please don't assume i know anything

thanks John G. Mullen

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Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 🦄
Solved:
2006-12-02
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2006-12-02
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2006-12-01

Hahaha. I'm sure you're not a dork.

Ok, chances are that CD probably only has Windows drivers on it and is no good for Ubuntu.The first thing to do is see if Ubuntu already supports your printer. The following is a good place to start to learn about this:-

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Printers

But briefly I'll tell you to go System --> Administration --> Printing. Then choose "new printer" and follow the prompts. It will ask you for the make and model of the printer part way through. You don't mention which printer you have, but if it's not in that list then it *might* not be supported or it *might* be, but using a different (similar) driver, or it might require a driver to be installed in the form of an extra package from Ubuntu or a 3rd party.

However, I can't tell you what the answer is without the make and model of your printer. Can you tell me that?

I have a different type of problem when I click on System->Administration->Printing, I get a pop-up say "The CUPS server could not be contacted".

Please help.

abhinavchaitanya could you please create a separate ticket please? It gets very confusing having two sets of problems in one thread. Thanks..

https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+addticket

john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #4

Greetings, Alan;���� Thanks much, that did the trick!!!!!! Best Regards;John G. Mullen --- On Fri 12/01, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 08:23:35 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656 Status: Open =&gt; Needs informationAlan Pope requested for more information:Hahaha. I'm sure you're not a dork.Ok, chances are that CD probably only has Windows drivers on it and isno good for Ubuntu.The first thing to do is see if Ubuntu alreadysupports your printer. The following is a good place to start to learnabout this:-https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PrintersBut briefly I'll tell you to go System --&gt; Administration --&gt; Printing.Then choose &quot;new printer&quot; and follow the prompts. It will ask you forthe make and
model of the printer part way through. You don't mentionwhich printer you have, but if it's not in that list then it *might* notbe supported or it *might* be, but using a different (similar) driver,or it might require a driver to be installed in the form of an extrapackage from Ubuntu or a 3rd party.However, I can't tell you what the answer is without the make and modelof your printer. Can you tell me that?_______________________________________________________________________To answer this request for more information, you can either reply tothis email or enter your reply at the following page:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #5

Greetings; Hope it all works out for you!Best Regards; John G. Mullen --- On Fri 12/01, abhinavchaitanya &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: abhinavchaitanya [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 08:35:52 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://answers.launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656abhinavchaitanya requested for more information:I have a different type of problem when I click onSystem-&gt;Administration-&gt;Printing, I get a pop-up say &quot;The CUPS servercould not be contacted&quot;.Please help._______________________________________________________________________To answer this request for more information, you can either reply tothis email or enter your reply at the following page:https://answers.launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #6

Greetings, Alan;���� Thanks much! Problem solved!!Best Regards; John G. Mullen --- On Fri 12/01, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 09:22:56 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656 Status: Needs information =&gt; AnsweredAlan Pope proposed the following answer:abhinavchaitanya could you please create a separate ticket please? Itgets very confusing having two sets of problems in one thread. Thanks..https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+addticket_______________________________________________________________________If this answers your request, please go to the following page to let usknow that it is solved:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656/+confirm?answer_id=2If you still need support, you can reply to this
email or go to thefollowing page to enter your feedback:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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Excellent news. Have a good weekend, and if you'd be so kind, could you close this ticket with the link below.

john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #8

Greetings,everyone esp. Alan;
     My problem is solved. Thanks much!!!!!!

Best Regards; John G. Mullen

john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #9

Greetings, Alan;��� Once again, thanks much.Best Regards; John G. Mullen --- On Fri 12/01, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 23:08:42 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656 Status: Open =&gt; AnsweredAlan Pope proposed the following answer:Excellent news. Have a good weekend, and if you'd be so kind, could youclose this ticket with the link below._______________________________________________________________________If this answers your request, please go to the following page to let usknow that it is solved:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656/+confirm?answer_id=6If you still need support, you can reply to this email or go to thefollowing page to enter your
feedback:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #10

this is for alan pope; greetings alan; john mullen herei have tons of questions��� would it be possible to talk on the phone? would you , please, let me know?� thanksbut while i have you here� how do i not always have to put in my user name and password?� thanks againregards; john mullen --- On Fri 12/01, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 08:23:35 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656 Status: Open =&gt; Needs informationAlan Pope requested for more information:Hahaha. I'm sure you're not a dork.Ok, chances are that CD probably only has Windows drivers on it and isno good for Ubuntu.The first thing to do is see if Ubuntu alreadysupports your printer. The following is a good place to start to learnabout
this:-https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PrintersBut briefly I'll tell you to go System --&gt; Administration --&gt; Printing.Then choose &quot;new printer&quot; and follow the prompts. It will ask you forthe make and model of the printer part way through. You don't mentionwhich printer you have, but if it's not in that list then it *might* notbe supported or it *might* be, but using a different (similar) driver,or it might require a driver to be installed in the form of an extrapackage from Ubuntu or a 3rd party.However, I can't tell you what the answer is without the make and modelof your printer. Can you tell me that?_______________________________________________________________________To answer this request for more information, you can either reply tothis email or enter your reply at the following page:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #11

Greetings, Alan Pope;���� John Mullen here again. I have more questions(tons).How do I go about putting out another question?May I call you? Would you call me? (406-563-3519). I think this UBUNTUis cool but.................� I'm used to windows of varying degrees and I'm just plumb lost!! Thanks much! John G. Mullen --- On Fri 12/01, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 08:23:35 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656 Status: Open =&gt; Needs informationAlan Pope requested for more information:Hahaha. I'm sure you're not a dork.Ok, chances are that CD probably only has Windows drivers on it and isno good for Ubuntu.The first thing to do is see if Ubuntu alreadysupports your printer. The following is a good place to start to
learnabout this:-https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PrintersBut briefly I'll tell you to go System --&gt; Administration --&gt; Printing.Then choose &quot;new printer&quot; and follow the prompts. It will ask you forthe make and model of the printer part way through. You don't mentionwhich printer you have, but if it's not in that list then it *might* notbe supported or it *might* be, but using a different (similar) driver,or it might require a driver to be installed in the form of an extrapackage from Ubuntu or a 3rd party.However, I can't tell you what the answer is without the make and modelof your printer. Can you tell me that?_______________________________________________________________________To answer this request for more information, you can either reply tothis email or enter your reply at the following page:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656

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Hi John.

If you want to open another ticket visit the following URL:-

https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+tickets

Then click "Request Support". Unfortunately I'm not in a position to call you or take calls right now personally. To be honest you're better off requesting support as I described above because although it might be me answering it, there are other bigger brains than mine around who may well know answers to your questions where I don't. In addition I can only answer questions in the spare time I have, so you could potentially be waiting a while.

Good luck!

john g. mullen (nicehandaa) said : #13

Greetings, Alan Pope;���� Thanks much!!!!! You have been very helpful!As far as intelligence goes; If I were lost in the forestand an idiot came along(which by the way you are not)I'd much rather have the idiot's company than 2 or 3 mensa quality folks who are not with me at the time. All that to say you were there to help me and I&quot;m grateful. Also, from your very first response to me, you seem to have a sense of humour. Thanks again.Best Regards; John G. Mullen --- On Thu 12/07, Alan Pope &lt; <email address hidden> &gt; wrote:From: Alan Pope [mailto: <email address hidden>]To: <email address hidden>: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 09:24:10 -0000Subject: [Support #2656]: Re: [Support #2656]: Re: how to install drivers for printerYour support request #2656 on Ubuntu changed:https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/2656Alan Pope posted a new comment:Hi John.If you want to open another ticket visit the following
URL:-https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticketsThen click &quot;Request Support&quot;. Unfortunately I'm not in a position tocall you or take calls right now personally. To be honest you're betteroff requesting support as I described above because although it might beme answering it, there are other bigger brains than mine around who maywell know answers to your questions where I don't. In addition I canonly answer questions in the spare time I have, so you could potentiallybe waiting a while.Good luck!

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