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Setup Ricoh Printer in AIX

Previously I had posted the steps for installing Ricoh print drivers in AIX. Now I will list the steps I use to actually setup the RICOH printers in AIX.

This uses an MP 171 as an example. This document assumes the driver is already installed and you have the rights to do this.

  1. Type “smit” at the command line on the AIX box and hit ENTER
  2. Go to ‘Print Spooling’ and hit ENTER
  3. Go to ‘AIX Print Spooling’ and hit ENTER
  4. Go to ‘Add a Print Queue’ and hit ENTER
  5. Highlight ‘remote’ and hit ENTER
  6. Highlight ‘Local filtering before sending to print server’ and hit ENTER
  7. Highlight ‘RICOH’ and hit ENTER
  8. Highlight the printer type in question and hit ENTER
    1. In this case I am installing an MP 171
    2. If the printer is not listed you must install the printer driver then come back to this procedure.
  9. Enter the following information for the print queue:
    1. PCL name: DNS name you gave the printer
    2. Hostname: DNS name you gave the printer
    3. Queue name: lp
    4. Hit ENTER
  10. After successfully adding the printer you should get a good confirmation.
  11. Hit F3 2 times to the AIX Print Spooling menu
  12. Choose “Change / Show Print Queue Characteristics”
  13. Put the queue name in the blank and hit ENTER
  14. Highlight ‘Default Print Job Attributes’ and hit ENTER
  15. Change the cpi and portrait settings as needed.
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Install Ricoh Driver on AIX Server

June 8, 2010 5 comments

Installing print drivers for Ricoh devices in an AIX environment is a breeze. Ricoh has provided drivers that can be managed through SMIT. If the SMIT drivers do not work you can use a different method that is included with the drivers README. So far I have used the following steps to install print drivers for the Ricoh models MPC5000, MPC3300 and MP171.

  1. Download the driver
    1. Go to the RICOH USA Software Download website
    2. Down at the very bottom of the page  there is a section called “Other available environments”. Click on UNIX.
    3. Insure the printer model is in the supported list.
    4. Click on “Go to Download”
    5. Fill out the registration page
    6. Download the driver for the appropriate printer.
    7. Install the driver
      1. On the AIX box copy the file to /opt
      2. Install the tar file with the command
        tar –xvf filename.tar
      3. The driver will install in /opt/RICOH
      4. Go into /opt/RICOH
      5. Run the following command:
        ./unix_installer
      6. Hit spacebar to go through the EULA
      7. Type Y and hit enter to accept the EULA
      8. Type Y and hit enter to choose SMIT
      9. The driver is now installed.
      10. You can now setup the printer in SMIT as you would other printers.
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