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Cannot print unless I open Libre Writer first.

asked 2018-11-26 07:58:37 -0600

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I am running Fedora 29 desktop. I have a network printer that I have called "LASER_PRINTER" (creative...I know).

It's a Lexmark printer. I can't remember the exact model number at the moment but I can get that if needed. I didn't have to install any drivers. Once Fedora discovered it, it just started working.

However, "working" isn't exactly accurate. The first problem I discovered is that when using the printer settings page, I click the "test printer" (or whatever it's called) button and nothing happens. I cannot print a test page from Fedora/settings.

That's not the end of the world but it would be nice if that worked.

The more pressing problem is that whenever I open Firefox (or just about any other app) and I go to print, my printer isn't shown. The app that I've seen work every time is Libre Writer.

So in order to print from any other app, I have to do the following:

1) Open Libre Writer and bring up the print dialog. I then notice "LASER_PRINTER" shows up (and works).

2) Quickly switch back to the other app and open the print dialog. I now see LASER_PRINTER and it works.

If I wait a few seconds or a minute, the printer is gone from the other apps again. Even if I didn't close the app down. I have to close and open Libre Writer to get the printer back up again.

Any ideas on how I can solve this?

BTW, I'm using GNOME 3.3.


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answered 2018-11-26 08:21:02 -0600

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How did you setup your printer in first place, with details. How do you connect to the network, ethernet, wifi, sneakernet. Does your network work as expected?

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I'm not at my desk at the moment so some of the details are a little fuzzy. But to answer some questions...Yes. Network works as expected. I can browse the internet, etc. The networked printer is attached to the same switch as my Fedora desktop. Both are connected via CAT5. My computer is connected via DHCP but the printer has a fixed IP. I added the printer by simply click "Add Printer" and it was discovered in the list.

cbmeeks gravatar imagecbmeeks ( 2018-11-26 09:41:41 -0600 )edit

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