Using Lexmark X6170 with FC1

Fritz Whittington f.whittington at att.net
Mon Dec 8 19:27:17 UTC 2003


On or about 2003-12-08 05:15, Graeme Willox whipped out a trusty #2 
pencil and scribbled:

> On 08/12/2003 09:20 James Drabb wrote
>
>>On Sun, 2003-12-07 at 06:13, Graeme Willox wrote:
>>  
>>
>>>On 07/12/2003 11:55 James Drabb wrote
>>>
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>>>
>>>>On Sat, 2003-12-06 at 19:06, Graeme Willox wrote:
>>>>  
>>>>      
>>>>
>>>>>On 07/12/2003 01:47 James Drabb wrote
>>>>>
>>>>>I'm quite happy with the Lexmark printer.  If it won't work with Linux
>>>>>then unfortunately perhaps, Linux will be what has to go.
>>>>>    
>>>>>        
>>>>>
>>>>Wow!  Your going to give up on Linux because of one poorly made,
>>>>proprietary printer?  Oh well.  Is Linux running on a separate PC?  You
>>>>could try to print to it using samba.  Though I don't know if that will
>>>>work because Lexmark uses their own proprietary protocol to talk to the
>>>>printer.
>>>>
>>>>Jim Drabb
>>>>  
>>>>      
>>>>
>>>I'd like to give Linux a fair go, but given that I can't return the
>>>printer, what you're suggesting is that I effectively throw away a
>>>$500 printer.  In answer to your question, Linux isn't running on a
>>>separate PC.  At the moment, I'm using grub to choose between Linux
>>>and Windows XP Pro.
>>>    
>>>
>>
>>Is that $500 in AU?  I see this printer is $179 now
>>http://store.yahoo.com/4cheapc/lex6alfacopr.html.  Does Lexmark mark up
>>the prices that much for non-USA sales?
>>
> No.  As you would have seen, its regular price on that site is quoted 
> as USD299.00.  That equates to AUD409.00.  One Aussie dollar buys 73 
> US cents at the moment.  So it is a bit more expensive.  I didn't say 
> as much, but the price I mentioned is Aussie dollars.  Its RRP is 
> $499, but you can buy it for less if you're good at haggling.
>
>>>I'll have a look at samba.  I guess my biggest problem with Linux at
>>>the moment is that I still know absolutely nothing about it.  I didn't
>>>even download it myself.  I can't get broadband internet access in my
>>>area.  I got a copy of Fedora from someone else who uses it.
>>>    
>>>
>>
>>If you are dual booting, samba won't help you.  Samba allows a Linux PC
>>to talk to an MS PC, mount shares and printers.
>>
>>You could buy some really cheap inkjet and connect it so you can print
>>when your in Linux.  Get some cheap Epson, Cannon or HP.  Most of them
>>work fine, especially the HP printers.  I had a Lexmark X83 and sold it
>>to a co-worker so I could get a printer/scanner/copier that worked well
>>in Linux.  I am very happy with the HP PSC 2110 that was about $150 US.
>>
> I'm not sure what the deal is with that particular printer at the 
> moment.  Is it a new model in the US?  Or perhaps an old one?  I've 
> seen it for sale on a few Australian retailers' sites, but HP 
> Australia don't even give it a mention on their website.  Obviously, 
> it's not the only one they produce.
>
>>>I considered it a major achievement when I managed to have my fat32
>>>partitions mount automatically each time the machine is booted.  :-)
>>>    
>>>
>>
>>It is a learning process.  Give it time : )
>>
>
> I'll try.  I have to say I'm a little surprised at this group.  It's 
> nice to see so many people being helpful, even if some are perhaps a 
> little more fanatical than others about Linux.  :-)
>
>>Best,
>>
>>Jim Drabb
>>  
>>
>
Another possibility is to get some real klunker PC that's so worthless 
you can get it for almost nothing.  All it has to do is run Windows and 
the Lexmark printer.  Put it on a LAN with your "real" computer that 
dual-boots XP and Linux.  When in Linux, run Samba and print to the 
shared Lexmark printer.  When in XP, print to the shared Lexmark 
printer.  If you only have the two PCs then you don't even need a switch 
or hub to network them, just a "crossover" RJ-45 cable. 

-- 
Fritz Whittington
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. (Edgar Allan Poe, "Eleonora")

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