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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:22 pm    Post subject: HOWTO: Epson Stylus Photo (and other high quality printers) Reply with quote

For those of us who have printers that are not (well) supported in linux, here's the solution I came across. My Epson Stylus Photo R200 runs *perfectly* including high quality graphics & pictures. It also prints as fast as I would expect it to. The -huge- list of supported printers means you're probably going to be covered under this program.

There is a free version, but a "purchased" version works better, supposedly.

First, follow the Gentoo Linux Printing HowTo up through installing CUPS & foomatic. I stopped there, it was all that I needed. (I might add that cat test.txt > /dev/usb/lp0 does *not* work for me, but printing is nice).

I went to the IRC support rooms, searched the forums, and came up with nothing on getting my printer to even be able to print text (which is what i was wiling to settle for).

After hunting through probably 50 pages on Google, I came across a program called TurboPrint. I figured what the heck, I don't have any way of using it now, and I can always track down what it installed/changed and uninstall/fix if it doesn't work.

You need to make sure that your kernel sees your printer prior to doing this. If it does, it will look something like this:

Code:
 
usb 2-2: new full speed USB device using address 3
drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 8 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x04B8 pid 0x0005


A parallel port printer will look different (check the howto's, i'm not all that familiar with Parallel ports and linux).

Once you're sure that's going, run this as root:
Code:
/etc/init.d/cupsd start


After that, unzip the TurboPrint file to a temp directory in /root or /home/(user)/. run the ./setup script, and you'll be fine.

After you've installed, if you need to change settings just run "xtpsetup" to change anything you need to.

This was the easiest non-Portage package I've dealt with. It was a simple GUI interface (yes, you need to be in some form of X for this to work).

Ever since then, my printer works beautifully, even in the higher DPI modes.

Two things I'd like to add. In the "high" DPI modes, the program inserts a "TurboPrint for Linux" logo, which sucks. It's also a type of "shareware" or "trialware" or however you wish to phrase it. But for me, it was either this or no printing capabilities.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:57 am    Post subject: Re: HOWTO: Epson Stylus Photo (and other high quality printe Reply with quote

Have you tried the official Linux Epson drivers ?
They're free.
http://www.epkowa.co.jp/english/linux_e/index.html
They all come with a free GUI administration tool similar to the one available in windows to check, clean & align printer nozzles, and to move the carriage to allow changing of ink cartridges.
The admin tool needs X and gtk, but the install doesn't.
I found the printing quality to be far better using these drivers.
Not sure how it would interface with cups, if at all.
I use lprng(lpd) & used apsfilter to create an /etc/printcap for the printer, just choose the 'pips' driver for your printer model. :wink:
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I *tried* to get those to work, but to no avail. They would not compile for me for anything. :/ I'd *rather* use them. I did find the rpm as well (pre-compiled), and was able to extract it all to a folder in my home directory, but it wants to spew files all over the system, and I don't know how to go about setting it up.

I will try again, though.

This is a temporary solution until I can find something non-pay that works well. I do -not- like shareware for linux, it goes against all I know of open-source. Not to mention it's for a driver, not even a program, really.

**update**
I *did* get the drivers to compile, by use of the SED=/bin/sed env setting and a little muckery with files. However, even following the Print How-To again, and the very very poorly translated (originally japanese) readme for the Epson Drivers, I had no luck. :/
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the link. I have an R200 that I've been disappointed with the gimp-print drivers for. What program do you use to print out your pictures with?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uhh gimp
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use turboprint also. I started using it when I couldn't get my Canon BJC 6000 to work with anything I tried. With Turboprint it worked right away. When the Canon died on me I replaced it with an Epson C84. I'm still using the free turboprint even though it says the paid version will work better, I'm happy with what I'm getting now.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great!

Now at last I can print without problems in Opera 7.54 :-D

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