Deactivate Automatic Detection. If you don't want the “automatic setup” popup to show again, check Do not setup printer automatically again.
Configuration. It is however recommended that you check the printer default parameters, especially paper size. To do this launch PrinterDrake from the Mandriva Linux Control Center and follow the instructions from Section 6.6, “Reconfiguring an Existing Printer”.
Select the Local CUPS printing system option if you wish to configure your machine to act as a print server for either a local printer which was not detected, or a networked printer connected to your local network.
Any required software will be installed and then the main configuration interface (see Figure 3.12, “Managing Printers”) appears. Click on to install the network printer.
Select the Remote server option if you wish to be able to print on printers served by another CUPS print server on the network. Your applications will immediately have access to all public printers served by that server. You only need to provide the hostname or IP address of that server in the field (ask your system administrator).
When this is done, the main configuration interface (see Figure 3.12, “Managing Printers”) appears. The Configured on other machines tab will be filled with the available network printers.
Simply confirm the automatic installation of the new printer. The main configuration interface (see Figure 3.12, “Managing Printers”) is then displayed. Make sure you check that the printer parameters fit your needs (see Section 6.6, “Reconfiguring an Existing Printer”).
Local and Remote Printers. Use the printer configuration tool's first tab for locally connected printers (Configured on this machine), and the other tab for printers available on your local network (Configured on other machines).
: launches the printer configuration wizard described in Section 6.5, “The Printer Configuration Wizard”.
: opens the printer configuration dialog described in Section 6.6, “Reconfiguring an Existing Printer”.
: by default, your system is open. PrinterDrake uses all of the network's available printers and shares all of its local printers with the local network. Click on this button if you don't want to access network printers, or if you want to restrict the access to your local printers. This dialog also lets you configure access to print servers outside the local network (see Section 6.4, “Print Server General Configuration”).
The → menu adds extra features to the tool. See Section 6.8, “Expert Mode”.
In the first method
your server must have a
CUPS daemon running and be listening on port
631 in order to manage the print queue and to listen
for jobs coming in from applications. In this case the
CUPS server broadcasts its presence to the
entire network. This is the default configuration.
In the second method,
the CUPS daemon is still required to manage the
queue and to handle jobs coming in on port
631, but it
does not broadcast its presence to the network. In this case the clients
do not need to run a CUPS daemon, instead they
have a configuration file which contains the IP address
of the server. In this way the clients know they can send jobs directly to
the IP address.
Table 3.1. Considerations
If you choose this mode, your printing configuration is now finished. Accept the options by clicking the buttons, and you will be able to check the list of available printers in the Configured on other machines tab of the main interface (see Figure 3.12, “Managing Printers”).
If you want your machine to access locally connected printers (through parallel or USB ports), or network printers not already configured on another server, you need to select the Off option. Click to fine tune your printer server (see Figure 3.13, “CUPS Printer Server Configuration”).
Tells your print server to automatically make all printers found on other servers available to the local network, as if they were locally connected to your print server. This way your system's users are able to print on any printer the print server can “see”. If the remote printers you intend to use are served by a server not on your local network, you can still tell the print server to use them with the button (see below).
The first step serves to either specify an access address to a network printer, or to activate auto-detection of locally connected printers, network printers, and finally printers served by SMB(Windows®) servers.
Specifying the Location. If you happen to know all the parameters required to access a specific network printer, select Enter host name/IP address of network printer. Configuration steps are then similar to the ones involved in auto-detection procedure.
Select the printer you want to add from the list of detected printers. If the detected printer isn't the correct one or autodetection fails, check the Manual configuration box and proceed with the printer model step.
PrinterDrake displays your printer's model name. Choose Select model manually if it's incorrect. Select the printer you have or a compatible one (see Section 6.5.2, “Choose the Printer”) if yours is not specifically listed.
This option is not always available.
If you want to install the driver supplied by your printer manufacturer, click on the button and select the medium containing the PPD file and browse to it. Accept subsequent dialogs to use your chosen PPD file.
If you own a multi-function device such as those from
Sony, an information
window pops up and gives you information about your scanner and
scanner software (Section 7, “Installing and Sharing
required packages are also installed.
Fax Virtual Printer. If your device also provides fax functions, you are given an option to create a virtual fax printer that will actually queue the printed documents so they can be later sent via fax.
Several test pages are available (see Figure 3.17, “Testing the Printer”). We recommend you print at least one test page so you can immediately correct the parameters if something is incorrect. The printer should begin to print almost immediately.
If you're not satisfied with your test page, answer the appropriate question with and you will be led to the printer configuration menu (see Figure 3.18, “Modifying an Existing Printer”) where you can correct the settings. See Section 6.6, “Reconfiguring an Existing Printer”.
Your printer will now appear in the list of available printers in the main window (see Figure 3.12, “Managing Printers”).
Double-clicking on a printer's name in the list, or clicking on the button, displays a menu where you can choose actions to take on the selected printer (Figure 3.18, “Modifying an Existing Printer”). You can change the printer name, options, etc.
Printer name, description, location. If you have many printers around it is better to give them explicit names, and meaningful descriptions, plus a location so people don't end up looking desperately for their printouts in many floors.
Make this printer invisible for other computers. Printers are normally made available to other computers in the local network. Using this option you can disable this behavior for the currently selected printer.
Disable Printer. Use this option to remove a printer from those available to the system's users. You might need to temporarily disable a printer under maintenance so that users don't try to use it in the meantime. When a printer is disabled, that option changes to Enable printer.
Learn how to use this printer. Displays information on how to use a particular printer model. In the case of a multi-function device from HP, additional information for the “extra” functions is also displayed.
Advanced Technical Installation Wizard. The installation wizard displays more technical information and allows you to configure printer names and other options directly from within the wizard.
Choose a Different Printer Driver. Different drivers may be available for the same printer. In expert mode, a third level appears in the printer model selection list (see Section 6.5.2, “Choose the Printer”) allowing you to change each printer's driver.
Automatic correction of CUPS configuration. This new option appears in the CUPS server configuration window (Figure 3.13, “CUPS Printer Server Configuration”). It is activated by default. Leave the mouse over the option name to see more information about what it does.