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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:40 AM

My XP Pro rig had a fatal error and is unrecoverable, even with the discs. First time I've ever had that happen. Started with a missing Ntldr problem and just got worse and worse.

Loaded ubuntu on it and so far, I like it. Little different, but that's OK.

Now the questions.
First, is there a help area (written in Newbie English) regarding how to get my other XP machines to talk nice to it (networking)

Second, I found a driver that makes my Kodak ESP almost work. It sucks in the paper, goes back and forth for a while, then spits out a blank sheet. While the print heads are going, the paper will not advance. I think if the paper would advance, it would be printing. Maybe.
I contacted Kodak about this issue, their response was to install XP or 7. I was bordering on rude in my reply.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:11 AM

What version of Ubuntu did you install. I did a little looking and it seems the driver for kodak ESP printers is now in ubuntu 11.10
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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Take 4 aspirin and hide under the bed. I don't know what kind of virus you have but I don't want it :p
I hope you get it figured out.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Take 4 aspirin and hide under the bed. I don't know what kind of virus you have but I don't want it :p
I hope you get it figured out.


I don't think it was a virus. I hadn't used that machine in months and decided it was time to get more organized with files and whatnot. It seems the hard drive died thru lack of use. (I feel empathy)

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:20 AM

What version of Ubuntu did you install. I did a little looking and it seems the driver for kodak ESP printers is now in ubuntu 11.10


Thanks Ducky, that is the version.

It does everything but print. Weird. I wonder if I screwed up a setting or something.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:38 AM

This has been an issue with Kodak printers. Most people say they returned the printer for an HP. That may not be an option for you.
Would you like to run Windows on a "Virtual Machine" as a work around. I assume you have the windows installation disc and a valid key.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 12:24 PM

I have the restoration discs. Not sure if that would load in as a VM?

I do have a good (purchased) disc of 98. Not sure I want to backtrack that far tho.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 01:00 PM

Any disc with a copy of xp, your included, should work and the key will be on the tag on your tower. Choose new installation when asked. If you run into a problem I can send you the files.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 01:53 PM

Can I patrition the drive and leave the Linux stuff alone? Then install XP just in case there is an error?

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 04:12 PM

You have to install windows first and then Linux.

I haven't used Linux in a few years, but when I did I used Mandriva.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 04:34 PM

well, I think I'm going to try to reinstall XP not that the computer actually turns on. We'll see if this works.

BTW, this site has a "After you destroy Umbuntu with XP" repair guide.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Kodak and Lexmark are mainly interested in Windows and could care less about market share in other OS.

Here is a link on how to install a VM in Ubuntu and then run windows with in;http://www.thegeekst...tall-create-vm/.

Have you checked the Ubuntu Forums? Here is one thread I found not sure if it is your printer or not. http://ubuntuforums....highlight=kodak & another http://ubuntuforums....highlight=kodak

Hope this helps.
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Posted February 25, 2012 - 07:26 PM

Thanks Bill, I tried there first, same problem. Started a trouble ticket, but no joy there either.

I may do a dual boot system if XP works this time. Looks like that will solve my networking issues, but still have the printer problems.



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Posted February 25, 2012 - 08:01 PM

Unfortunately when these companies choose to narrow there focus it makes thing very difficult. This is why I have stayed with HP printers over the years because they do support other OS's. Although I got a Brothers printer to work the other day.

Are you going to do a true duel boot or go VM?

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 08:10 PM

I am trying to reload the XP currently. What a PITA. Ubuntu loaded in < an hour. Working on hr 4 on XP.

There has got to be a happy medium.

I may quit for tonight, starting to see 1's and 0's everywhere I look.





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