8.3. Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing
After selecting the queue type of the printer, the next step is to select
the printer model.
You will see a window similar to Figure 8-4. If it was not auto-detected, select
the model from the list. The printers are divided by
manufacturers. Select the name of the printer manufacturer from the
pulldown menu. The printer models are updated each time a different
manufacturer is selected. Select the printer model from the list.
Figure 8-4. Selecting a Printer Model
The recommended print driver is selected based on the printer model
selected. The print driver processes the data that you want to print into a
format the printer can understand. Since a local printer is attached
directly to your computer, you need a print driver to process the data that
is sent to the printer.
If you are configuring a remote printer (IPP, LPD, SMB, or NCP), the remote
print server usually has its own print driver. If you select an additional
print driver on your local computer, the data is filtered multiple times and
is converted to a format that the printer can not understand.
To make sure the data is not filtered more than once, first try selecting
as the manufacturer and Raw
Print Queue or Postscript Printer as the
printer model. After applying the changes, print a test page to try out this
new configuration. If the test fails, the remote print server might not have
a print driver configured. Try selecting a print driver according to the
manufacturer and model of the remote printer, applying the changes, and
printing a test page.
You can select a different print driver after adding a printer by starting
the Printer Configuration Tool, selecting the printer from
the list, clicking Edit, clicking the
Driver tab, selecting a different print driver, and
then applying the changes.
8.3.1. Confirming Printer Configuration
The last step is to confirm your printer configuration. Click
Apply to add the print queue if the settings
are correct. Click Back to modify the printer
Click the Apply button in the main window to save
your changes and restart the printer daemon. After applying the changes,
print a test page to ensure the configuration is correct. Refer to Section 8.4 Printing a Test Page for details.
If you need to print characters beyond the basic ASCII set (including
those used for languages such as Japanese), you must review your driver
options and select Prerender Postscript. Refer to
Section 8.5 Modifying Existing Printers for details. You can also configure
options such as paper size if you edit the print queue after adding it.