Installing the Xerox Phaser 5400

I have a Gobuntu 7.10 GNU/Linux laptop and I can not in clear conscience install the proprietary Java-based print credit client that The University of Reading inflicts on its users.

Fortunately, in the Department of Typography, there is an old Xerox Phaser 5400 that is waiting to fail and be discarded, that is not connected to the network and thus does not require the proprietary monitoring software.

However, it Gobuntu automatically recognised it as a Xerox Phaser 6100 and the test page resulted in postscript garbage being printed.

Here’s what I did to get it working:

  1. Search for “Xerox Phaser 5400 ppd”
  2. Find an illegal collection of PPDs in a directory at Cambridge redistributed from a Mac OS X installation, which includes a PPD specifically for the 5400, “Copyright 2001 Xerox Corporation.”
  3. Find a post on the printing-user-xerox mailing list that says:
    From: port.ruediger at gene.com (Ruediger Port) Date: Thu Jul 12 13:18:10 2007 Subject: [lp.xerox] Phaser 4500 This printer works nicely with Xerox\ Phaser\ 5400.ppd (sic!) which is one of many Xerox printer drivers to be downloaded from http://www.support.xerox.com in a package named CupsPrinterPkg2006_Feb_01.tar
    support.xerox.com currently offers version “2007_May_10”, but these are all proprietary too.
  4. I notice there is a Generic PostScript PPD located at /usr/share/ppd/cups-included/postscript.ppd and this seems to work fine.
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