Lexmark Z700/P700/P3150 linux printer driver.

Z700, Z705, Z708, P706, Z707, P3150 etc.

  1. Binary installation (just the driver).
  2. Source installation (to build your own driver from the source).
  3. Tarballs.
  4. Requirements.
  5. Test status.
  6. Contact.
  7. Links:
Change log:
29/6-2004   The llpddk package is - for some reason - no longer available directly from Lexmark, so I have placed the package on this site instead. (Thanks for the tip to Attila Szelp)
12/7-2004   Workaround for the color shade problem (P70X printers) Here. (Fixes/Workarounds 3 and 4)
17/8-2004   Added RPM equivalent tarballs to support users running distributions without RPM installed.
13/9-2004   New words on the colorshades problem Here, and reports about using the driver for P3150.
16/9-2004   Solution to the color shades problem summarized Here by Neil Simon Curzon.



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Binary installation (just the driver). Tip for Debian users: Use 'Alien' to convert *.rpm to *.deb or use the tarballs.

1. Download the z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm package: z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm, and install it (as root) with rpm -ivh z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm or using YaST or equivalent.
2. Download the driver:  lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.i586.rpm and install it (again as root): rpm -ivh lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.i586.rpm or using YaST or equivalent.
3. You should now be able to select z700 from the list of CUPS supported printers.
4. Try it out...


Source installation (to build your own driver from the source).

1. Download the z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm package: z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm, and install it with rpm -ivh z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm or using YaST or equivalent.
2. Download the source package:  lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.src.rpm and install it (again as root): rpm -ivh lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.src.rpm or using YaST or equivalent.
3. The file 'lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.tar.gz' is now located in your SOURCES directory.
4. To build it, unpack the file and run 'make' and 'make install' in the directory that you unpacked it to.

Tarballs (Experimental. You must manually restart the cups deamon after unpacking)

z700llpddk-2.0-1.i386.tar.gz
lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.i586.tar.gz
lexmark-z700-cups-driver-1.1.1-1.src.tar.gz


Requirements:

System Requirements
 1. Linux Kernel 2.4x or higher
 2. GCC 3.2
 3. enscript
 4. magic
 5. Cups  1.1

Hardware Requirements
 1. P2 400 or equivalent
 2. 64 MB RAM
 3. 20 MB of Free HD space
 
Build Requirements (Only needed if you want to build the driver yourself)
 1. GCC compiler version 3.2
 2. gtkmm version 2.0.2.4
 3. sigc ++ version 1.2.4
 5. make
 6. cups-devel
 

Test status. (Thank you for reporting your results)

1. Tested with Z703 by Massimomiccoli, OK
2. Tested with Z705 on SUSE 9.0 by Patrik T., OK
3. Tested with Z705 on Mandrake 9.2 by kob, OK
4. Tested with Z708 on SUSE 9.0 Cups 1.1 by myself, OK
5. Tested with P704 by Roland, Problems with color shades on black text.
6. Tested with P707 by Velenux, OK
7. Tested with P707 on Gentoo 2.6.5 by Faux A., OK
8. Tested with P707 on Slackware 9.1 Cups 1.1.20 by Sam S., Problems with color shades on black text.
9. Tested with Z705 on Redhat 9.0 by Robert Dewey (Thank you), OK
10. Tested with Z705 on Debian SID by Wiktor Bachnik, OK
11. Tested with P707 on Gentoo by Chris Chapin, OK (Problem with Color shades on black text)
12. Tested with Redhat Enterprise Linux v3 by Nick Hansen, OK
13. Tested with P707 on Mandrake 10.0 by Albano Bermejo, OK
14. Tested with Z705 on Fedora Core 1 by Chad LaFleur, OK when using --nodeps when installing the driver and changing the inkset to CMY to print correctly.
15. Tested with Z705 on Fedora Core 2 Cups 1.4 GNOME 2.6 by Vince Di Nenna, OK
16. Tested with Z705 on Mandrake 9.1 by Krzysztof Watroba, OK
17. Tested with P3150 by Neil Simon Curzon, OK apart from color shades problem.
18. Tested on Kurumin 3.1(kernel 2.4.25) by João Rodrigo, OK.

Bugs:
1. There's a generel problem with the application defined top margin. I'm working on that, please check back for updates.
2. There seem to be a generel problem with color shades on black text for some P70x printers, unfortunatly I only have a Z708, so I am not able to recreate the problem here. Does anyone have a solution? Please tell me if you do. Chris Chapin has supplied a workaround, look below.

Fixes/Workaraounds:
1. It's has been reported that i might be nescessary to make these symbolic links to make the RPM install proberly on Redhat: (Thanks to Robert Dewey for the tip)
/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.7a to /lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.7 and /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.7a to /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.7
2. Remember to install cups-devel package from the CUPS project or you may miss some headers. (Thanks to Nick Hansen for the tip)
3. A solution to the color shade problem supplied by Chris Chapin (Thank you): Change the color output from CMYK to CMY (Tested under KDE only). Please contact Chris (mrarfarf@linuxmail.org) for details and knowledge exchange about the P70X printers. Please let me know if you find more solutions to this problem.
4. According to Sam Steele (Thank you) The color mode can also be changed globally (non KDE): lpoptions -o Inkset=CMY.
5. Neil Simon Curzon has summarized on the Color Shades problem (Thank you): Either: Remove the Photo cartridge AND REPLACE it with the black ink cartridge (it only contains black ink) Or: Change the colour mode to CMY.

Contact.

Please report bugs, test results and anything you like to MartinMichelsen@ofir.dk


Links.

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Thanks.

Thanks to Lexmark: http://www.lexmark.com for supplying the development kit and the Z55 sample driver that this driver has been build upon. (With infact very few changes)

Updated: 16/9 - 2004