Parallel Printer

Warren Block wblock at
Thu May 20 17:02:34 PDT 2004

On Thu, 20 May 2004, Donald Szatkowski wrote:

> I have installed FreeBSD 4.10r2 and am having trouble with the printer setup.
> This is on and OLD Gateway P5-100, 128mb ram (yah-100Mhz!).

This should be fine.

> It is a direct connect to the parallel port. My main source document
> is the FreeBSD Handbook, 2nd ed. and the online Handbook @
> I have the necc. files as directed by Chapter 11, but am
> still having problems. (/etc/printcap, /dev/lpt0, etc). When I test
> with #lptest >/dev/lpt0, I get nothing.

Some printers are not capable of printing plain text.  You do not
mention which printer you have.

> My initial install selection was for parallel printing. And checking
> rc.conf shows "lpd="YES".

It should be lpd_enable="YES".

> When I "#grep ppc0 /var/run/dmesg.boot" I get the message, "can not
> reserve input output range". When I"#dmesg | grep lpt0" I get the
> message, "lpt0 not configured".

These are a problem.  Please post the entire, exact lines returned as
results of these commands.

At this point, I suggest you do not install any additional printing
software until you have identified the make and model of printer and
sorted out why you are seeing the odd errors above.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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