What is Lexmark Printer Support

Printer driver


Many Linux users, or those who want to become one, are wondering whether existing printers or printers that will be purchased soon will work with the Linux operating system. The following lines should help you to find the drivers you need and to find answers to printer usability under Linux.

General information about printer support

The printer drivers for Linux are basically created in two ways:

  • via the Linux community
  • about printer manufacturers

In the first case Linux drivers are usually developed in a reversible way by free Linux programmers without the support of the manufacturer. In plain language: I write a program driver line and see what the printer does, when it works I try to expand the driver's capabilities until it can be used in daily work Some manufacturers support this work by, for example, sending the hardware data sheets to the programmers. Such drivers are usually under the free GPL license and can therefore be further developed by others.

In the second case the manufacturers develop their own drivers, but these mostly have closed sources and thus if errors are discovered, these can only be corrected by the manufacturer.

The company TurboPrint occupies a special position here, which creates printer drivers for some printers from Brother, Canon, Epson and HP. These can be tested free of charge, but a license is required for higher resolutions, which incurs costs. Sometimes these are justified, as these drivers often allow additional device options, such as double-sided printing, printing CD-s, ink level indicators, and waking printers to be used from Stanby. Print quality is also often better, as there are additional setting options (color management).

Today's Linux distributions already contain a driver collection with Linux printer drivers. But these are mainly for older printer models. In principle, manufacturer drivers with closed sources are also not offered.

There is a large database with printer support under Linux:


This should always be consulted first.

A large printer driver project is Gimpprint / Gutenprint, here is the list of supported printers:


For more information on setting up the printer:

Printer FAQ

Manufacturer information in connection with Linux


(Hewlett-Packard-> http://www.hp.com/country/de/de/welcome.html)

Linux pages from HP:


HP is one of the manufacturers who provide extensive support for the Linux community. That is why you can find drivers for almost all HP devices, whether they are ink, laser or multifunctional printers, here:


New devices are also supported relatively quickly, here all currently supported HP devices:


The best thing about it: these drivers are under the GNU General Public License (GPL), so any developer can improve them.

There are also other Linux drivers for HP printers, such as the Gutenprint drivers already mentioned.

Other Linux drivers:

Laser printer:


The following drivers can also work with laser printers from other manufacturers:

(Basically PS-> Postscript, or one of the PCL printer languages ​​must be supported)

  • Postscript
  • lj4dith
  • lj5gray
  • lj5mono
  • ljet4
  • pxlcolor
  • pxlmono

Installation effort:

Assuming a new Linux distribution is used, the installation effort is minimal, as these drivers are already supplied. Post-installation is also not a problem, provided that the appropriate installation sources have been added.


At the manufacturer Epson, the driver support is very different.

Basically you can say: There are many free Linux drivers for older devices, which also work very well and are usually supplied with the Linux distribution.

Some of them: Gutenprint

Laser printer of the Epson EPL-5x00L / 6x00L family

For newer devices, Epson has commissioned the subsidiary AVASYS to develop Linux drivers, these are officially offered by Epson:


the scanner functionality is also supported.

Installation effort:

If a new distribution was installed and an older Epson printer is to be installed, the installation should run smoothly, as some drivers should already be included. It looks completely different with new devices. Since the manufacturer does not create free drivers, these are difficult to install and sometimes require advanced Linux knowledge. If the installation is successful, you can also enjoy the new devices.


Canon has drivers for older devices, most of them from

Gutenprint project.

Newer models are supported by Canon itself, but these are Japanese closed-source drivers that are not exactly easy to install:


Since the printer names in Europe and Japan do not match, it is also a bit tricky to first find the right driver and then install it.

Some of these drivers have recently also been offered on the German Canon manufacturer's website:


Supported Products:

iP1800 iP2500 iP3300 iP4300 MP160 MP510 MP600

Now also for the Pixma ip 4600: http://de.software.canon-europe.com/software/0031331.asp

Canon Asian drivers for MX870: http://support-asia.canon-asia.com/contents/ASIA/EN/0100272302.html

There are printer drivers for most combination devices, but none for the scanner part.

Some installation examples:

Canon Pixma 5200R

Canon Pixma 4200

Canon Pixma 3000

Installation effort:

As long as the printer is supported by the Gutenprint project, the drivers are included in new distributions. The installation of the Japanese drivers requires a good knowledge of Linux.


Brother is one of the most exemplary Linux driver suppliers (drivers are under the GPL license).

These are under:


to find. Scanning and faxing are also supported.

Example installation:

Brother MFC-7820N

Installation effort: The installation effort is relatively large and certainly not easy for Linux newcomers, as some basic Linux knowledge is required. But you will be rewarded with a well-functioning multifunctional device. Some Brother laser printers also run with the drivers included with the Linux distribution, which reduces the installation effort to a minimum.


The company Samsung builds its own Linux drivers with an installer, which should normally also be easy to install under any LSB-compliant (Linux Standard Base) distribution. Lately these have been used as:

Samsung UnifiedLinuxDriver

summarized. These drivers are usually included with the device; if this is not the case, they have to be downloaded from the manufacturer's website, unpacked and the installation script started.

There are also free drivers: http://foo2qpdl.rkkda.com/ for the following Samsung printers:

Samsung CLP-300 Samsung CLP-600 Samsung CLX-2160 Samsung CLX-3160 (Xerox Phaser 6110 and Xerox Phaser 6110MFP)

Installation: Sometimes the installation doesn't work that smoothly, so you should have some Linux knowledge.

Please also read this test: http://www.pro-linux.de/berichte/samsung-druckertreiber.html

Here is a guide on how to install the Samsung CLP-300 driver.

1. Download the driver from http://foo2qpdl.rkkda.com/ and copy it to the / home directory.

2. Install the GCC with YAST (if not already done).

3. Start the console as root and enter "make".

4. Then enter "./getweb 300" (this is the driver for the Samsung CLP-300)

5. Finally "make install".


Then select the driver via YAST -> Printer configuration -> PPD file and finish after a test print.

Since the printer only prints in monochrome, you have to switch from monochrome to color in the KDE control center -> Connected devices -> Printer -> Profiles -> Settings -> Driver settings -> Color mode.


KYOCERA devices mostly run with Postscript, which is why the driver is already included in the Linux distribution. However, in order to improve the printing results, the file should:


from: http://www.kyoceramita.de/index/produkte/download_center.html#. The unzipped PPD setup files should be in the directory:

/ usr / share / cups / model / Kyocera

land. Then the printer can be set up with the unpacked PPD, ideally in the KDE control center or via:

http: // localhost: 631 / admin

(up to SuSE 10.1 set up the CUPS password for user root!)


For opensuse 10.2 / 10.3:



Lexmark Printer Driver for LINUX (R) Systems. Contact Technical Support Center for support information on this file. These drivers can be downloaded from this web site free of charge. However, there will be a fee to cover materials and handling if requested from the Technical Support Center. This drivers works with that printers (but may works with others too): Lexmark 5700 (black and white) Lexmark X1100 Lexmark X1110 Lexmark X1130 Lexmark X1140 Lexmark X1150 Lexmark X1180 Lexmark X1185 Lexmark X1250 Lexmark Z513 Lexmark Z515 Lexmark Z715 Lexmark Z55 Lexmark Z615 Lexmark Z705 Lexmark Z605 Lexmark Z600 Lexmark Z645 Lexmark Z65 Lexmark P3150 Lexmark Z33 Lexmark Z35 Lexmark Z25 Dell A920

Getting a Lexmark printer up and running is a difficult task, only a few devices work right away with Gutenprint:

Lexmark 4076 Lexmark Optra E Lexmark Optra E + Lexmark Valuewriter 300 Lexmark Z42 Lexmark Z43 Lexmark Z52 Lexmark Z53

Lexmark Z700 / P700 / P3150: http: //users.cybercity.dk/~dko12479/

For others there are Lexmark drivers, like for the C543: http://support.lexmark.com/index?locale=EN&page=product&userlocale=DE_DE&productCode=LEXMARK_C543&focusedTab=DOWNLOADS#2

also partially available for other models, just consult the support page.

Instructions from Linuxforen.de for a Lexmark Dell printer of identical construction.

At: rpm -ivh /tmp/lexmark-print-drivers-linux-glibc2-x86.rpm

or rather (example):

rpm -i --nodeps z35llpddk-2.0-2.i386.rpm

rpm -i --nodeps lexmarkz35-CUPS-2.0-1.i386.rpm

after unpacking: /usr/local/lexmark/setup.lexprint

other producers

For other manufacturers, please consult the database at: http://openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi.

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