min00 Minolta 2400W Color Laser Printer Driver
This page describes min00, an unofficial Linux driver for the excellent
Konica Minolta 2400W Color Laser printer (also see the
and Windows-only 2400 Drivers).
You might also consider the m2300w driver,
which comes with many Linux distributions, and despite the name supports
the 2400W fine.
There may also be unknown bugs, possibly bad enough to destroy
your printer and/or sanity. You've been warned...
- Printing long documents (10+ pages) has been reported to cause errors.
I think I need to break long documents up inside the driver.
- Printing full-page graphics at 2400x600 causes the printer to
stop halfway down the page and blink its yellow error light.
You've got to turn the printer off and on again to get it back.
It seems OK at 1200x600, so that's the default.
- If the printer runs out of toner or jams up, it will try to
report this back to the PC. The Windows driver includes a utility
to read this data, but the min00 driver isn't smart enough yet.
You might want to keep a Windows machine handy to read this data,
if it's not self-evident. (I haven't run out of toner, so I really
don't know what will happen.)
- The name "min00" contains two number zeros, and no letter 'O's.
This is easy to mistype.
About the 2400W
The 2400W is a nice printer. I'm really happy with it.
The only downsides are:
- Full-page color at 1200x600 dpi, with fantastic photo quality.
- Fast USB 2.0 interface, and quite good per-page speed.
- Cheap and long-lasting toner cartridges.
- Only about $300US after rebate (in late 2005).
- No ethernet built-in (a $119 option).
- No PostScript--a "winprinter" with a proprietary interface protocol
that I had to reverse engineer. The 2430DL comes with Ethernet and
speaks PostScript, which may be worth the extra money.
This driver is made from two open-source pieces:
- The CUPS & foomatic framework, documentation, and build system
mostly come from the m2300W driver,
which is for the Minolta 2300W. I probably added a few bugs in hacking
it to work with the 2400W.
- All the source code is based on Manuel Schiller's min12xxw-0.0.8
driver, which is for the Minolta 1200, 1250, 1300, and 1350.
I used this version because its internal structure was a lot
easier for me to understand than the 2300W driver (though this
probably says more about me than the 2300W driver!).
All communication with the Common
UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is via Foomatic,
a sort of meta-interface for printer drivers to use.
I'm actually somewhat terrified of Foomatic--I had to try several
times to get it to do anything reasonable, and I'm pretty
sure I screwed up some of its XML files. Advice from Foomatic
wizards would be much appreciated.
See separate protocol page.
This open-source driver is NOT PROVIDED OR SUPPORTED BY KONICA MINOLTA.
You can't call their help line and ask them about min00!
I'm happy to respond to email questions, suggestions, or (best of all)
patches for min00! Of course, I'm a busy guy, and I really can't help you
install or debug your Linux setup--google is your friend!