Konica Minolta Magicolor 2430

Oct 26 2005

It’s not as bad as it used to, but getting a fairly recent printer to work in Linux is still not an easy task. Without google, and a gentoo wiki in this case, I’d be still pulling my hair trying to set up my dad’s printer.

So to the lucky ones having this network color printer, don’t bother wrestling with IPP or lpd. What works 100% in color is the provided driver/ppd and hp jetdirect (socket://yourprinter:9100).

Compile the driver as the foo2zjs appears to be monochrome only. You will need jbig-kit which doesn’t seem to be available in ubuntu. Once this is installed, you will be able to pick the “standard” 2430 ppd from the KONICA-MINOLTA section. Select HP Jetdirect as the protocol and add your printer hostname/IP and the default 9100 port. If you try the IPP or LPD method, it will appear to be working but ocasionally pause the queue complaining about client unsupported document or something.

Of course it’s tough to finish my fight with cups with a “See dad? Linux is not that hard”. But we’re getting there ;)