USB Printer Install help needed

Roger arelem at
Tue Jun 22 02:39:57 UTC 2010

On 06/22/2010 01:32 AM, Smith, Herb wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: users-bounces at [mailto:users-
>> bounces at] On Behalf Of Tim Waugh
>> Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 11:03 AM
>> To: Community support for Fedora users
>> Subject: Re: USB Printer Install help needed
>> On Fri, 2010-06-18 at 10:41 -0500, Smith, Herb wrote:
>>> I have a Xerox Phaser 6130 printer.  It does not seem to be recognized
>>> by my F13 install (fully updated on a Dell Dimension desktop).  I can
>>> go to Admin ->  Printing, but the only options are printer port or
>>> serial port.  I could also specify a URI, but I do not know what the
>>> URI specification for the printer should be.  Usb://..something, but I
>>> don't know how to determine the "something" part.
>> Is the printer actually switched on at that point?
>> The way this is meant to work is that the printer is *already shown* in the list of
>> available devices when you go to add a queue.
>> If that isn't working for you, check whether 'lsusb' shows the device.
>> Tim.
This seems to be a problem with USB Xerox printers in Fedora.
I too have had the same problems since Fedora 9/10.
Ubuntu just installed it without any effort on my part.

You have to have system-config-printers, Foomatic, cups printers, etc 
installed and you have to go to the Xerox site and get the appropriate 
ppd file.
For my Fuji Xeros C2100 I needed .. PCL_DocuPrint-C2100.ppd.
It's a plain text file.

Install this in /usr/share/cups/model/
There are also pxlcolor.ppd, pxlmono.ppd, textonly.ppd in that directory.
In the <System><administration><Printers> select the parallel port 
option so your printer is recognised by the computer.
Select "Provide ppd" option and navigate tho the ppd that you installed 
as above.

Your computer should then find the printer and list it in the printers
If you go to printer properties you should see the printer listed in the 
Device URI as something like this usb://FUJI%20XEROX/DocuPrint%20C2100
which is my Device URI
The printer should work

Unfortunately Fedora do not provide a usb printer selection option so 
its gotta be done through the back door manually.
Hope this helps

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