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Create PDFs on the Eee PC

28 May 2008 | | No Comment

The ASUS Eee PC comes with either Xandros or Windows XP installed by default. Since there is a ton of different ways to create PDFs on Windows XP (just search Google for ‘create pdfs free xp’), this post will just focus on creating PDFs on Xandros.

In this tutorial we are going to use CUPS-PDF to add print to PDF functionality in Xandros on the Eee PC in Easy Mode.

Creating PDFs on the Eee PC (Easy Mode)

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is open the Terminal Window. You can do this by pressing Ctrl, Alt and T at the same time or by clicking on the Work tab, starting the File Manager, clicking on the Tools menu and then clicking on Open Console Window.
  2. Now type in the following line and press Enter:
  3. sudo apt-get install cups-pdf

    Note: depending on the state of Xandros on you machine you may need to add another repository directly to the sources.list file. To do that, type the following command into the terminal window:

    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

    Then add this line to the end of the sources.list file:

    deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main

    Then save your changes by pressing Ctrl and O, then pressing Enter and then pressing Ctrl and X to close the sources.list file and return to the normal terminal window.

    If you run into further trouble, try updating your local repository with Debian’s sources and then repeat step 2. You can sync the repositories by running:

    apt-get update

  4. CUPS-PDF is now installed, but it won’t show up in your list of available printers until you have configured it. To configure CUPS-PDF follow these steps:
  5. a) Open Firefox and type http://localhost:631/ into the location bar and hit Enter.

    b) Select Add Printer from the web interface for CUPS-PDF.

    c) Add New Printer: Enter in a Name, Location and Description for your virtual PDF printer. You can enter anything here, it’s purely for your benefit. For simplicities sake I gave my virtual PDF printer the name ‘cups-pdf’ and didn’t bother with location or description, as I’m the only one using it. Click Continue.

    d) Device for cups-pdf: Select Virtual Printer (PDF Printer) from the drop-down list. Click Continue.

    e) Make/Manufacturer for cups-pdf: Select Postscript from the drop-down list. Click Continue.

    f) Model/Driver for cups-pdf: You’ll only have one option (on my machine it’s Generic postscript color printer rev4 (en)) to select, so select it and then click Add Printer.

    Note: in the final step in the configuration after you click on “Add Printer” you may get a pop-up Authorization Request window asking you for a username and password for “CUPS” at http://localhost:631/. Try entering “root” as your username and then your machines password to get passed this authorization request. That worked for me.

And that’s it, you should now have the ability to create PDFs on your Eee PC.

A final tip: when you create your first PDF using CUPS-PDF a folder called PDF is automatically created in the My Home directory. Whenever you create a PDF using CUPS-PDF it will be placed in here. You can navigate to this folder by clicking on the Work tab, then clicking on File Manager and then looking for the PDF folder under My Home.

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