thanks for your advice - i will try the rpm
the avatar i will change in a minute.
Seen the avatar. Good man Yourself. About the installer - its not really rpm but its a sh script which contains multiple files inside including java and the printer driver. It installed here without any problems really so give it a go.
It installed one tool in here I am always forgetting its name... lexijtools
run this from konsole and You will get access to the little administration panel for printer
.All I had to do is to install this file and xsane started seeing scanner straight away. Love it. One thing doh. If You press the "Preview" or "Scan" button in xsane - let it finish. Sometimes interrupting the scan process creates I/O error which only reboot can fix.
Btw. I took the link to the driver from here
I will say it again. No matter what You say about Lexmark i.e. expensive ink and stuff - they support Linux.