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iRulu 10.1" Model AX105 with Android 4.2

Printing

The first paragraph was just a repeat of what I said on the general IRulu AX-105 page--now some modifications, more to come.

Initially, I didn't have any thoughts about printing from the iRulu. Now, finding out that I can almost (still trying) fill out 4myrebate rebate requests on the iRulu, it would be nice to be able to print. It shouldn't be impossible wink (An alternate might be to print over the network to a printer on one of the PCs on my LAN.)

Note that I can't (for whatever reason) successfully fill out 4myrebate rebate requests on my Debian 5.0 systems (yeah, I know--that's pretty old) with any of the browsers I use there (Iceweasel (Firefox), Konqueror, or Opera)--there was a period of time when I could fill out a form on Opera, then open it in Iceweasel to print it, but that no longer works. The best I could do (until I got the iRulu) was to borrow a Windows system.

UPDATE: I have found a way to print. I'll describe it in detail at some point in time, but I'll give an overview here:

It basically uses the Google Cloud (right terminology?). I used CloudPrint to print and then save it (a .pdf file) to my Google account. I then accessed my Google account from my PC, found the .pdf file that was saved there, downloaded it and printed it on my PC.

I should note that, at the time I accomplished that with (Google) CloudPrint, I had already installed (Google) Drive on the iRulu--I'm not 100% sure that what I did would work without (Google) Drive installed.

Oh, one other note--I think it was while I was doing this that I found another anomaly--the display that showed the file (maybe it was in (Google) Drive) that I was trying to transfer (and would presumably show its progress) continued to say "waiting on WiFi" (or something similar), but (1) my connection to the Internet (and LAN) at the time was by hard-wired Ethernet, and (2) I found the file in my Google Account from the PC and the progress line continued to say "waiting on WiFi" (or something similar).

If I had Google Chrome installed on my PC, it presumably could have been printed more easily / directly, but I apparently can't install Google Chrome on my Debian 5.0 installation (lots of unmet dependencies--I could try forcing it, but sometime reasonably soon I hope to build a new computer with a more up-to-date Debian).

I did see one hint that Linux CUPS could work in place of Google Chrome (in the description of one printer application, atm, I forget which)--so far I haven't found (nor have I seriously looked) for any details.

When I modify this page significantly (I mean, heading towards a "finalized" page), I want to give a summary or overview of various ways printing could be accomplished and which ways work. Some of these might include:

  • printing directly to a USB printer connected to the iRulu
  • printing wirelessly to a printer with WiFi capability (I don't have such a printer)
  • printing via Bluetooth to a paired printer (are any printers built with Bluetooth capability?)
  • printing via Google Cloud to a printer attached to a PC running Google Chrome
  • printing via Google Cloud to a printer attached to a PC running CUPS
  • printing to a file via Google Cloud, then downloading and printing that file on a PC (the method that I was able to make work for me)
  • (here I get more general) printing to a printer attached to a PC with LAN connectivity (and consider two cases, WiFi and hard-wired Ethernet connectivity)
  • (still general) printing to a printer attached to a networked printer with LAN connectivity (and consider two cases, WiFi and hard-wired Ethernet connectivity)
  • print to a .pdf (or similar) file directly on the iRulu, then transfer that file to a PC with a printer and print it
  • (either PrintBot or Print Android (Print Droid??) use this method--I forget which) print to a special purpose server out on the Internet which takes the print stream (whatever I mean by that) and converts it to a print stream for a specific printer, then sends it back to a (or allows it to be retrieved by the user at a) PC with a printer attached (and/or maybe to a networked printer).
  • more ???

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