This is the home of my driver for Minolta PagePro 1xxW
printers, min12xxw. Currently, it is in beta state
of development, i. e. one can do useful work with it already,
but it may still have some rough edges.
The driver operates by reading a stream in pbmraw format
produced by ghostscript and converting it to the language
the printer can actually understand. As I focused on getting
the driver to work reasonably well, I did not spend much time
integrating it into more recent printing systems, so there
are no foomatic or cups printer descriptions available right
now. I can't test them here, anyway. However, the people at
do provide PPD files for use with CUPS.
This driver is not completely home-grown; I couldn't figure
out how the bitmap compression works until Adam Bochim came
up with his driver for the PagePro 1200W on
This driver is quite a bit faster,
though, and features reading the printer's page counter.
Starting with version 0.0.9, the PagePro 1400W is supported
by min12xxw. I can't test this printer because I
don't own this model, so if you find bugs, please e-mail me.
Version 0.0.8 of min12xxw fixes a few issues on
64 bit systems and includes support for NetBSD. Unless you
have a 64 bit system or get compile time errors because
gettext is missing, there is no need to upgrade.
Version 0.0.7 of min12xxw contains only a few
cleanups in the code to improve portability; it now works
on Mac OS X. No new functionality has been implemented.
From version 0.0.6 of min12xxw, we use autoconf to
adapt to a wider range of operating systems. Compiling on
FreeBSD, other BSD variants or Mac OS X should be no problem.
This version also includes a FAQ document.
From version 0.0.5 of min12xxw, support for Minolta
PagePro 13xxW models is included. I can't test it out myself,
so if you find some rough spots in 13xxW support, please
mail me. However, I've had reports that printing works quite
I've also had reports that min12xxw works with the
TallyGenicom 9316 laser printer which seems to behave like
a Minolta PagePro 1300W, so I suggest you treat it as a
PagePro 1300W in your printing system. Under Linux, the
lsusb command will print a line similar to the
following for the TallyGenicom 9316:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0686:2003 Minolta Co., Ltd
Reports on printing to the TallyGenicom 9316 with
min12xxw are welcome.
min12xxw is available under the GNU General Public
License, version 2. See the file COPYING in the distribution
tar file. The README file contains further information about
min12xxw itself, as well as compilation and usage
current version: 0.0.9
You can also have a look at my other projects on my
Last updated Apr 22 2006 by mala