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Im coming from gentoo (enough of the hair-shirt!)

Ive installed Mdk10 and am trying to get it to work with a Lexmark Z35 printer.


Ive downloaded the drivers from lexmark - but cant install either.

with the CUPS driver from lexmark


lexmarkz35-1.0-1.gz.sh lexmarkz35-CUPS-2.0-1.gz.sh

[root@localhost lex]# sh lexmarkz35-CUPS-2.0-1.gz.sh

Verifying archive integrity...OK

Uncompressing Lexmark Printer Driver............

ls: /usr/lib/libtk?.?.so: No such file or directory

./install: line 15: ./xlexinstall: No such file or directory

The program returned an error code (127)

[root@localhost lex]#



using the lpr driver


[root@localhost lex]# lpstat -t

scheduler is running

system default destination: LexmarkZ25Z35

device for LexmarkZ25Z35: usb://Lexmark/Z25-Z35

LexmarkZ25Z35 accepting requests since Jan 01 00:00

printer LexmarkZ25Z35 disabled since Jan 01 00:00 -

Unable to open USB device "usb://Lexmark/Z25-Z35": No such device

LexmarkZ25Z35-2 ruth 156672 Sun 07 Nov 2004 09:52:47


LexmarkZ25Z35-3 ruth 156672 Sun 07 Nov 2004 09:55:40


[root@localhost lex]#


[root@localhost lex]# dmesg |grep usb

drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver usbfs

drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver hub

drivers/usb/host/uhci-hcd.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver


usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using address 2

usb 1-2.4: new full speed USB device using address 3

drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 3 if 0 alt

0 proto 2 vid 0x043D pid 0x0057

drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver usblp

drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: v0.13: USB Printer Device Class driver

drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver hiddev

drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver hid

drivers/usb/input/hid-core.c: v2.0:USB HID core driver

usb usb1: USB disconnect, address 1

usb 1-2: USB disconnect, address 2

usb 1-2.4: USB disconnect, address 3

drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: usblp0: removed

[root@localhost lex]#


I downloaded the lexmark driver


[root@localhost lex]# sh lexmarkz35-1.0-1.gz.sh

Verifying archive integrity...OK

Uncompressing Lexmark Z25-Z35 Printer


USB kernel support not found.

[root@localhost lex]#



I think I need a new kernel with USB compiled in it rather than as a module.


Whats the mandrake equivalent of menuconfig.

Does multiple kernel configurations differ in lilo compared to grub ?

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but the error mesage says it needs to be compiled in the kernel.

lsmod shows its a module.


[root@localhost ruth]# lsmod | grep usb

usblp 12288 0

usbcore 99132 5 hid,usblp,uhci-hcd

[root@localhost ruth]#


cant find anything in MCC to reconfigure & recompile the kernel - not even sure which one i'm looking for that has usb compiled - can i choose ?

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if you want the latest kernel & source, go to Mandrake Control Center->software installer. choose "updates", select an update mirror. get the latest kernel update (along with any other available updates, if you haven't done so already) the current Mandrake kernel version is 2.6.3-19.mdk.


to get a matching kernel-source (Mandrake does not supply updates to kernel sources via update. you must get them manually) go to "install software". type kernel in the search & get the matching source to your kernel. you can also use the same feature to search for any Lexmark drivers/libs you might want/need.



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