• Members 2 posts
    Jan. 19, 2024, 7:07 p.m.

    It took me some time to find out how to get my GCC Expert II LX up and running in Linux using a serial (USB) cable. So I thought it would be helpful to describe how I did it.

    1. Add the plotter as a raw printer to CUPS. (Source)

    • Connect the plotter to your computer and turn it on.
    • Add your user to the lpadmin group. On the command line: sudo adduser $USER lpadmin
    • Restart the CUPS server: sudo service cups restart
    • Open the CUPS page in your browser at http://localhost:631/
    • Administration, Add printer
    • Use your computer's username and password if prompted to log in.
    • If the plotter is detected, it is listed as Unknown under Local printers. Select this one and press Continue.
    • Select raw in the Make list.
    • Enter a name
    • Check Share this printer (but I guess this is optional if you only use the computer which is connected to the plotter.)
    • Click Continue.

    2. Configure Inkcut to use the printer you just added.

    • In Inkcut, go to Device, Setup...
    • General tab: Enter a name and use Inkcut Generic Driver. (Although I think this doesn't matter because we are setting up the device as a printer. Not sure about that, though.
    • Device tab, Output tab: Check Swap X/Y and Mirror Y.
    • Connection tab: Type Printer, Port <The name you entered in CUPS>.
    • Protocol tab: Language HPGL.

    Let me know if this was helpful or if you have an alternative way to set this up.

  • Members 2 posts
    Feb. 14, 2024, 9:47 a.m.

    Hi, your tutorial was useful because i have the same plotter model, but i'm getting error in Inkcut. Maybe i have installed it wrong, because it's the first time i'm using it. BTW, I have debian bookworm. Your help would be really appreciated.

  • Members 2 posts
    Feb. 14, 2024, 10:46 a.m.


    I assume you installed Inkcut by following the instructions here: www.codelv.com/projects/inkcut/download/ ?

    When do you get the error? Right after starting Inkcut or when you perform a specific action?

    Unfortunately I can't make any sense of the Python error messages. Maybe it has something to do with the wrong Python version, but that's just a wild guess...

  • Members 2 posts
    Feb. 27, 2024, 12:46 p.m.

    I get the error when i try to send a job to plotter. I narrowed it down to CUPS, because i get the same error when plotter is not connected. What is more interesting that CUPS always shows my plotter as idle and accepting jobs, despite the fact that it's off and disconnected from my laptop.
    When i try to modify my plotter connection while it's connected, it shows another connected "Unknown" device.
    Screenshots: screenshot1 screenshot2