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This is my first post , please excuse my questions if thay are common knowledge , I run a small business in Guatemala , and a part of my buisness is time critical , and microsoft updates are destroying my buisness . I would like to build a computer from some parts that I have already , adding whatever I don't have  . The computer must work in Spanish , English and Russian , run Qcad + Gcode editor , and it must run my OKI C711 printer . I have seen the video where Mr.  Collins says Printers are cheap , just get a HP , in my case this printer is not cheap . and with shipping to Guatemala is is really not cheap ! so my question is does anyone have any experince with this printer on linux ( I have down loaded mint 19.1 and done the Integrety check , but I still have not figured out the authenticity check ) . Thank you in Advance . Sincerely , Robert Lackey
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#2
Salutations!

It looks like Qcad is open source and supports Linux. They have a 32bit and 64bit installer on their site:

https://qcad.org/en/download

As for the printer, I'm not on Mint, but if it doesn't automatically search for the drivers or function after you have gone into "Printers" in Mint and added it, then you could try installing the Linux driver I found for OKI C711n from their website:

https://www.oki.com/us/printing/support/...1&lang=ac2

Here is a detailed video on a Linux Mint install:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0AFuhVSvEk

Here is a quick video on adding a network printer in Linux Mint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP7eagtFhrw

Here is a video on a CUPS install and setup if you need it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En2DJAMpwmY


Hopefully, this helps until someone more experienced running Mint can get back to you.

Good Luck!
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(06-25-2019, 05:41 AM)Eurus Wrote: Salutations!

It looks like Qcad is open source and supports Linux. They have a 32bit and 64bit installer on their site:

https://qcad.org/en/download

As for the printer, I'm not on Mint, but if it doesn't automatically search for the drivers or function after you have gone into "Printers" in Mint and added it, then you could try installing the Linux driver I found for OKI C711n from their website:

https://www.oki.com/us/printing/support/...1&lang=ac2

Here is a detailed video on a Linux Mint install:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0AFuhVSvEk

Here is a quick video on adding a network printer in Linux Mint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP7eagtFhrw

Here is a video on a CUPS install and setup if you need it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En2DJAMpwmY


Hopefully, this helps until someone more experienced running Mint can get back to you.

Good Luck!

Thank you for the links I will study them all . I did see the linux driver for my printer on the OKI web site , but some how I got the impression from the videos that I have watched on youtube that "It's not that easy" that there was a catch somewhere . if it is just that easy , then that is great ! Since you seem to have a great collection of links , may I ask if you happen to have a link to a video about perforing the "authenticity check" the instructions on the Mint website got me through the Integrety check but just lost me on the authenticity check .
Thanks again . I will be watching all your linked videos this weekend and taking notes .
Sincerely , Robert Lackey
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(06-25-2019, 08:42 AM)Robert lackey Wrote:
Thank you for the links I will study them all . I did see the linux driver for my printer on the OKI web site , but some how I got the impression from the videos that I have watched on youtube that "It's not that easy" that there was a catch somewhere . if it is just that easy , then that is great !  Since you seem to have a great collection of links , may I ask if you happen to have a link to a video about perforing the "authenticity check" the instructions on the Mint website got me through the Integrety check but just lost me on the authenticity check .
Thanks again . I will be watching all your linked videos this weekend and taking notes .
Sincerely , Robert Lackey



It looks like they want you to use GnuPG to verify your ISO copy was signed by Linux Mint:

https://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea...erify.html

Here is their link about doing that from a Windows environment:

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p...2&t=291093

Here is a video (No Audio Instructions) about doing that from a Windows environment. You may be able to find a better video with more searching — I ran out of time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDBzyUT0WpY


**If that doesn't help, would any of the kind, vastly more experienced and talented souls on this board mind detailing this step?**


Some printers can still be hit or miss in Linux. Maybe you can test it out first using a live USB of Linux Mint and try installing the driver in the live environment if need be? Unless someone who knows better can inform us why that may not work in a live environment.

Good Luck! I'm sorry Windows is affecting your business!
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#5
Printers can be hit and miss.  The only real way to know on older printers is to try it on Linux.

HP's and Canon's generally work.  As you stated getting a new printer is usually best if your current one doesn't work.

However if you try Linux on your "new" machine and it doesn't here is what I would do to avoid getting a new (at least to you) printer.

You may always trying using a Windows computer to network share the printer.  This sometimes gets around the Linux printer driver issue.  It doesn't always work but I have seen it do the trick.
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(06-25-2019, 04:42 AM)Robert lackey Wrote: This is my first post , please excuse my questions if thay are common knowledge , I run a small business in Guatemala , and a part of my buisness is time critical , and microsoft updates are destroying my buisness . I would like to build a computer from some parts that I have already , adding whatever I don't have  . The computer must work in Spanish , English and Russian , run Qcad + Gcode editor , and it must run my OKI C711 printer . I have seen the video where Mr.  Collins says Printers are cheap , just get a HP , in my case this printer is not cheap . and with shipping to Guatemala is is really not cheap ! so my question is does anyone have any experince with this printer on linux ( I have down loaded mint 19.1 and done the Integrety check , but I still have not figured out the authenticity check ) . Thank you in Advance . Sincerely , Robert Lackey

I do agree with most of what has been said but I do have a question that no one asked...

Does your printer support a network card?  Idea

My old HP 2100  does and I bought one off of eBay and installed it and connected a network cable and it is found by every Linux distro that I have ever tried. Network card means no computer needed.
I know there are lots of printers that support network cards and I was wondering if yours did...
Back when I worked in a Computer shop we sold OKI printers and even back then they supported Nic cards for the printers. OKI printers are seen mostly in small companies, that has been 25 years ago...  Undecided  Shy

As for other printers, I have 2 Kodak all-in-one printers, one is USB and the other is USB/Wifi. I got the Linux installation software/drivers off of the Kodak website and both work great. The Wifi Kodak is a cool printer and like the HP has its won IP address (192.168.1.xxx).
Of course you need a network for this to work, but if you are a business with Windows then you most likely are on a small network...
Well that is my 3 cents worth... Good Luck and enjoy you Linux experience, you will not be sorry!!
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#7
Thank you everyone for your help I will be spending sunday looking at all this and should have answers to the questions about the network card and if the video solves my "authenticity check" issue Etc. Also thank you for the kind words about my buisness to be truthfull it hasent happened yet but it is only a matter of time before we have a emergency job and I give my word and Microsoft sends a update that just shuts me down.
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