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    Lightbulb HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Ok heres my first guide in ubuntu. I'd never thought i'd become this proficient in linux but after enough hacking around I've learned you can get almost anything to work, like the Z600 series of lexmark printers (Also rebranded dell photo 720). So heres my first how-to in anything linux.

    First you'll need the drivers from lexmark, you can find those at
    http://downloads.lexmark.com/cgi-per...Redhat&target=
    Or search on lexmark for the redhat drivers.
    In a terminal, untar the files you just downloaded using
    Code:
    tar -xvzf CJLZ600LE_CUPS_1_0_1.TAR.gz
    Since its packaged for redhat, its gonna be a not so straightforeward install to get it to run on your ubuntu system. Next your picking apart the shell script and untarring the install file within
    Code:
    tail -n +143 z600cups-1.0-1.gz.sh > install.tar.gz
    tar -xvzf install.tar.gz
    Since rpms are ALMOST worthless to us in ubuntu, you need to install a program called alien to convert them to our favorite .deb packages.
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install alien
    once alien is installed we being the converting, ignore any messages about scripts not being converted, we dont need those.
    Code:
    sudo alien -k z600llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm
    sudo alien -k z600cups-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    Once you have ran them through alien, you will find nice little .deb packages in the folder you downloaded everything in. First install the pddk (Printer development kit) then install the CUPS driver.
    Afterwords if your in gnome, go into System>Administration>Printing and add your printer.
    You will find the driver under lexmark as the z600-1.01 or something similar to that.
    Congrats now you got that pesky printer running under linux!

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Thanks a lot for this. A year ago, Dell was giving these away free with their computers. I didn't have a printer, so I got one. Now it works in linux

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    great forum, lots of help available! thanks for this posting, my printer works perfectly too

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    I have a dell photo 944. Does anyone know if this is perhaps also based on lexmark? If not, does anyone know where I may find some potential ideas or help for getting my Dell Photo 944 to work w/ Ubuntu or linux in general?

    Thanks,
    tgow

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Hey - I used the above method to install my lexmark Z615 - the method seemed to go fine, no error messages etc, and the driver installed from the list... but my printer still won't work! Works perfectly with XP.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    i was struggling with my printer, it works like a charm now.....thanks.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Worked very well, thank you for the great instructions!

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Worked like a charm in 6.06. Brilliantly done!

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    Glad I found this thread, because I have a Dell 720. But I'm having a problem with the first line. The file I downloaded was a slightly different name, but when I press <tab> to complete the file name, it doesn't work, it just beeps. So something seems to be wrong, I can't get past the first step!

    Edit: Well, just in case anyone else has this problem, I just manually typed the full filename instead of using autocomplete, and the rest worked just fine!

    Thanks.
    Last edited by JohnJSal; August 15th, 2006 at 04:22 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install PITA Lexmark Z600 Z615 and Dell Photo Printer 720

    I had to find that the .ppd file was located in:

    /usr/share/cups/model/lex*.ppd.gz

    to tell the print manager.....

    otherwise these are the best instructions out of three.

    Thanks

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