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I'm trying to install the Lexmark X1290 printer on a 64-bit Ubuntu 10.10 system. I previously had this printer working flawlessly on a 32-bit Ubuntu 10.04.

I'm following the instructions from http://www.trodrigues.net/wiki/linux:ubuntu:lexmark_x1290 and using the Z600 series driver from Lexmark.

Create a directory named lexmark and unpack the driver:

mkdir lexmark
tar -xvzf CJLZ600LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.gz

Extract the driver from the install script:

tail -n +143 z600cups-1.0-1.gz.sh > install.tar.gz

And untar it:

tar -xvzf install.tar.gz

This generates 2 drivers (z600cups-1.0-1.i386.rpm and z600llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm) that then should be converted to .deb files with alien and installed with dpkg, but -as the filenames already indicate- the drivers are for 32-bit systems and not for 64-bit systems. Hence the error:

$ sudo dpkg -i z600cups_1.0-2_i386.deb 
dpkg: error processing z600cups_1.0-2_i386.deb (--install):
  package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
  Errors were encountered while processing: z600cups_1.0-2_i386.deb

Any idea how I can get this to work?

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I'm not familiar with this driver, but you could force the installation by running:

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i z600cups_1.0-2_i386.deb

It might still not work, but it's worth a try.

  • This did indeed the trick! (a note to people in the same position and following the above mentioned tutorial: if you get a CUPS 'server-error-internal-error' after selecting the .ppd.gz, just gunzip and select the .ppd file.) – BioGeek Nov 30 '10 at 17:29
  • PS: Oli, if you have an account on superuser and provide the same answer to the the question there: superuser.com/questions/216738/… I'll accept it as the correct answer there as well. – BioGeek Nov 30 '10 at 17:32
  • Glad it worked and I've Answered that one too :) – Oli Nov 30 '10 at 17:36
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Here is additional information needed as of 2018 (that is, to install Lexmark X1290 printer on Ubuntu 18.04):

  1. The procedure fails at alien invocation on a 64-bit system:

    z600cups-1.0-1.i386.rpm is for architecture i386 ; the package cannot be built on this system

    I could "fool" it by converting to .tgz format first, then to .deb:

    sudo alien -t z600cups-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    sudo alien -t z600llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm
    sudo alien z600cups-1.0.tgz
    sudo alien z600llpddk-2.0.tgz
    

    After which the installation worked:

    sudo dpkg -i z600cups_1.0-2_all.deb 
    sudo dpkg -i z600llpddk_2.0-2_all.deb
    
  2. The z600 backend and rastertoz600 filter need the 32-bit versions of specific libs. I had to install libstdc++5:i386, libcups2:i386 and libcupsimage2:i386.

  3. After restarting CUPS, I did not have to manually select the PPD file. Model Z600 showed up in the list of Lexmark models.

(Steps taken on Linux Mint 19, based on Ubuntu 18.04)

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