Setting up a BizHub420 in UNIX

I had to setup a Minolta BizHub 420 multifunction device on SUN Solaris 9 (UNIX), this is how I did it (of course, from the command line):

Download the Linux driver for the printer from here.

Install the driver (PPD file) by copying the file (KO500UX.ppd) to /usr/share/cups/model/, then restart CUPS:

cp KO500UX.ppd /usr/share/cups/model/
/etc/init.d/cups restart

You can now verify that the printer is available for use inside of cups:

lpinfo -m

(You should see the printer model in the list now, in this case “KO500UX.ppd KONICA MINOLTA 500/420/360PS(P)”)

Install the printer using lpadmin:

lpadmin -p bizhub420 -E -v socket://10.10.10.5:9100 -m KO500UX.ppd

You can then tweak the options, like PageSize (Paper) and other options with the lpoptions command. First show the current options with a -l (the * denotes the default):

lpoptions -p bizhub420 -l

Then change the option with a -o:

lpoptions -p bizhub420 -o PageSize=Letter

Make sure it works:

echo “this is a test” | lp -d bizhub420

You’re set!

Side note: If you are having problems, you can change the LogLevel for cups in this file: /etc/cups/cupsd.conf and then restart cups to see more verbose logging. In my instance the log file was in /var/log/cups/error_log.





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  1. From what I understand PPD files are supposed to be standardized and technically you can install a Windows PPD file to a UNIX box and have it work. I tried one once and it failed, but looking back at it now, I may know why. You need to make sure that the line endings are correct. CUPS has a great utility for testing PPD files (just found out):

    $ cupstestppd Windows2000.ppd
    Windows2000.ppd: PASS
    WARN File contains a mix of CR, LF, and CR LF line endings!
    WARN Non-Windows PPD files should use lines ending with only LF, not CR LF!

    So fix it with dos2unix:

    $ dos2unix Windows2000.ppd

    $ cupstestppd Windows2000.ppd
    Windows2000.ppd: PASS

    Let me know how it works for you!

    Posted June 25, 2008, 11:33 am

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