Re: [PARPORT] Please tell me how to make my printer work in Red Hat 6.1

Alexandre Blanchette (
Sun, 2 Jan 2000 17:53:12 -0500

OK, then, in /etc/conf.modules, add the line

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc #there was a typo in the line you erased

and try to install your printer, if the printer installation utility still
doesn't detect, you can force parameters by adding this line to

options lp io=0x378 irq=7

if that still don't work, then i'm clueless ;)

Alexandre Blanchette

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On Sun, Jan 02, 2000 at 05:42:53PM -0500, ohm wrote:
> Dear Alexander,
> I already did the update on lpr with the Red Hat Update Agent. That is a
> pretty cool thing, it is like Windows Update.
> lpd is up and running. The problem that I am having is when I run the Gnome
> Control Panel to add a printer, I first get a warning about not having ncpfs
> installed but I can ignore it if I do not want to use network printers. Fine.
> Then when I choose to install a local printer, the Print Tool scans the lp
> lines and says there is no hardware on the lp0, lp1, and lp2 lines. Says it
> might be a hardware problem. I tried installing the correct printer out of
> the list anyway and of course it does not work.
> The Print HOWTO says tha PC BIOS PnP usually causes the parallel port not to
> be seen on a linux system. I think this is so because I get an error during
> the boot isapnp stage, something about rescheck cannot probe devices already
> in use. I had to force a hard IRQ on my network card in pc bios to get that
> to work and work it does, really well. I am typing this to you now thanks to
> eth0 working quite well.
> I reinstalled the lpr update again and see no lines added to my
> /etc/conf.modules file. I know the update works as the Gnome RPM program
> tells you what files are added and where they are going.
> I did delete the lines I added to my /etc/conf.modules file.
> What I need is some way to force the system to find my parallel port and load
> it into a module.
> Something similar to an options in /etc/conf.modules to tell it where to find
> the parallel port, what it's address is (0x378), and what it's IRQ is (IRQ
> 7). If I can to that, then I am sure that the parallel port printer will be
> seen by the sytem.
> Any tips that you have on how to accomplish this would be highly appreciated.
> Yours Truely,
> Paul Baio
> Alexandre Blanchette wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 02, 2000 at 03:28:53PM -0500, ohm wrote:
> > > Dear Sir,
> > >
> > > I have Red Hat 6.1 installed on my computer that my brother got me for
> > > Christmas. I installed the setup with printer support.
> > >
> > > When I use the Gnome Contol Panel Print Tool, I see that there are no
> > > devices on lp0, lp1, lp2. When I try to install my printer and test it,
> > > nothing happens. Then I delete all /var/spool/lp directories.
> > >
> > > I have added this line to my /etc/conf.modules file:
> > > alias paraport_lowlevel paraport_pc as per web help suggested. This did
> > > not help at all, the printer still does not work
> > >
> > > I have an Epson Stylus Color 800 printer.
> > >
> > > Please help me to get my local printer running under Red Hat Linux 6.1
> >
> > all you need is to get RedHat's updated package of lpr. You can get it at
> > .
> >
> > i suggest you before installing/upgrading the package that you remove the
> > line you added to /etc/conf.modules because the package will add the
> > correct line (you've got a typo, it's `parport_...', not `paraport_...'.
> >
> > to upgrade the lpr package, just do rpm -Uvh lpr-0.46-1.i386.rpm and that
> > should theoraticly solve your problem.
> >
> > Alexandre Blanchette
> >
> > Hubbard's Law:
> > "Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out of it alive."
> >
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