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I have a printer(Xerox Phaser 3140) that's working perfectly under precise with default drivers from ubuntu. However, when I try to connect it to a netbook running lubuntu precise, this same driver is missing(also on debian on raspberry pi).

I figure this is proprietary software. is there a way to extract the driver from my working ubuntu instalation and move it to the ubuntu install?

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I just got a new Xerox and I downloaded the linux driver package from Xerox extracted it and used a file called modelname.PPD. New to Linux so I don't know if it's the right way but it works :)

Link to driver

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You might want to take a look at foomatic-ppdfile, which can extract the PPD-file from foomatics compressed database. Then copy this extracted file to your netbook, and tell the latter to use this PPD file for your printer. If the netbook is running CUPS, you can do so pointing your web browser to http://localhost:631/ and use the CUPS web interface to configure your printer.

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