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Guide to Printers and Printing
Check the following items for
locally attached printers that have never worked:
- Run the test pattern for
the printer with only the power cable attached to the printer.
- Verify that you have the
correct cable for the printer.
- Make sure the cable is
securely plugged in.
- Verify that you have
created a device for the printer (with Devices, SMIT, or at the command
- Try the following
command immediately after a reboot or when you have not tried to send anything
to the printer since a reboot.
echo Does the printer work? > /dev/lpn
where lpn is the name of the printer device you are
testing. If the message prints at the printer, set up the virtual
printer definition for the printer. If the statement hangs or returns
an error message, the problem is not the operating system or the queueing
system. It is one or more of the following:
- The cable.
- The setup such as baud
rate, handshaking, and port number. The printer and the computer must
have the same settings.
- A bad port on the
- A broken printer.
- If you have trouble
getting a serial printer to work on an 8-port, 16-port, or 64-port adapter or
on a modem, try to get the printer working on S1 or S2 directly on the
computer. Once the printer works on S1 or S2, move the printer to the
desired port. If S1 and S2 are unavailable, try moving the printer to
any other port.
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