Howto Setup Lexmark Z55 printer in Ubuntu/Debian/Mint

The sleek, curvy design of the Lexmark Z55 color inkjet printer brings smooth styling to a machine that fits neatly on small home desktops. Measuring just 12 by 17 inches and incorporating a retractable paper tray, it provides outstanding clarity and speed for home users within a well-proportioned frame.



Speeds go up to 17 pages per minute for black and 13 ppm in color. Resolutions up to 3,600 x 1,200 dpi offer impressive options for photo hobbyists and guarantee sharp graphics on both regular and glossy photo paper. Automatic paper-sensing technology adjusts resolutions and print heads for optimal printing conditions every time. Envelopes, labels, transparencies, and executive sizes are all possible.

The Z55 is compatible with Linux, Macintosh, Windows, and Windows NT operating systems and connects via either parallel or USB ports. Lexmark includes a one-year warranty on parts and service.


This tutorial describes how to install a Lexmark Z55 printer on Debian based distro

please  try  this  working driver

downloaded from Lexmark website

1. Download

Download the file CJLZ55LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.GZ from the Drivers and Downloads section of the Lexmark website. Select a Linux distribution such as Mandriva.

2. Uninstall the existing driver


Expand “Local Printers”

Click on “Lexmark_Z55” to select it

Press the “Delete” button and confirm with OK

3. Create directory

Create a directory to work in and move the downloaded file into this new directory.

mkdir lexmark

mv CJLZ55LE-CUPS-1.0-1.TAR.GZ lexmark

4. Extract rpm files from the download

tail -n +143 > install.tgz

tar -xvzf install.tgz

5. Convert rpm files into deb packages

First install the alien package if you have not already done so.

sudo apt-get install alien

Now convert the files ignoring any warnings.

sudo alien lexmarkz55-CUPS-1.0-1.i386.rpm
sudo alien z55llpddk-2.0-2.i386.rpm

Save the deb files in a safe place. For subsequent installations you can use these files.

6. Install the packages

The deb files can now be installed using any method you prefer. To install from the command line type:

sudo dpkg -i z55llpddk_2.0-3_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i lexmarkz55-cups_1.0-2_i386.deb

7. Unzip ppd file

cd /usr/share/cups/model

sudo gunzip Lexmark-Z55-lxz55cj-cups.ppd.gz

8. Install the new driver


Press the “New Printer” button

Select “Lexmark Z55 USB #1”

Press “Forward”

Select “Provide PPD file”

Click on the file icon on the right hand side of the box below

Using the file picker select /usr/share/cups/model/Lexmark-Z55-lxz55cj-cups.ppd

Press “Forward”

Press “Apply”