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Driver Packages for Some Epson Printers
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 12 Nov 2010, 09:51    Post subject:  Driver Packages for Some Epson Printers  

The Gutenprint driver package that comes with all Puppies supports a variety of older Epson printers. However, Epson supplies its own driver called ESC/P-R that is needed by newer models. Download the epson_inkjet_printer_escpr-1.x.y.pet and install your CUPS printer as usual.

The latest version of this driver is too big to download through the forum. So get it here instead. Click on the smaller Download button on the left.

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Update: Some Epson models are not supported by the all-in-one package above. Or there may be a model-specific driver for your unit that has more features.

1. Go to the Epson Download Centre

2. Look up your printer and download the full-feature Debian package
Code:
epson-inkjet-printer-xxxxx-1lsb3.2_i386.deb

3. Install the file in Puppy by clicking on it. (You need a recent Puppy for this to work.)

4. Run these commands:
Code:
ln -s /lib/ld-linux.so.2 /lib/ld-lsb.so.3
chmod 1777 /tmp

5. Install your printer in CUPS as usual.

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Some newer Epson models are networkable. CUPS should auto-detect them and install them using either the socket or lpd protocol. Read here under Network Printers for information about using the lpd protocol in Puppy.

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Gutenprint has a little command-line program called escputil that can check the ink levels of many Epson printers. Read here. Escputil can also do some maintenance tasks like head cleaning.

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 05:34    Post subject: Re: How to Install Some Epson Printers  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Download the pipslite-1.5.0.pet and install your CUPS printer as usual.

So great, thanks!
I have never got success with my EPSON PX-A720 even installed avasys epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.0.1-1lsb3.2_i386.deb.
But lastly got it with your pipslite-1.5.0.pet. Very Happy
Lucid Puppy Quickset edition (LupQ-511)

The CUPS wizard did not show my model on the list. So, i chose the file '/usr/share/cups/model/Epson/Epson-PX-A720-epson-pipslite-en.ppd.gz.

Now my printer can use from all my computers on my home LAN both Puppy/Windows.
Made 2 printer entries, 'lp' with pips driver for linux, 'rawprint' without driver for Windows.
Puppy's on my LAN has a file '/etc/cups/client.conf' with content:
Code:
ServerName printserver.mydomain

(I have my DNS server for my home LAN. You can do it with fixed IP without local DNS.)
Windows on my LAN installed windows driver provided from EPSON and use the '\\printserver\rawprint' on the samba share.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=60836

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 10:09    Post subject:  

Glad to help. This package is just a rebuild of the pipslite_1.5.0-2_i386.deb from Avasys.
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2011, 05:24    Post subject: Epson printer drivers  

My printer, Epson Stylus Photo R220 is not included in the list. I need to be able to monitor the ink levels and hoped you package would make life simpler. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2011, 06:55    Post subject:  

I'm assuming that you have already installed your R220 using the Gutenprint driver? Gutenprint comes with a little command line program that lets you manage your Epson printer. Open a terminal window and type
Code:
escputil -h

Then check your ink levels with
Code:
escputil -i -r /dev/usb/lp0


[Edit] The version of escputil in some Puppies may not work with newer Epson printers. Try the updated version below.

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2011, 11:03    Post subject: Epson printer drivers  

I used the CUPS printer wizard which comes with Puppy. The printer has stopped working because it's presumably out of one of its inks. I've no way of knowing which one. I downloaded gutenprint.pet from one of the forums, but I don't know how to proceed from there. Typing the commands you suggest just gives stuff about no warranty.
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2011, 11:40    Post subject:  

You already have the Gutenprint driver package in Puppy. It's what you used to install your printer the first time. So you don't need to install another package.

However, it turns out that the version of Gutenprint in Lupu does not contain the escputil program. So I have attached it below.

Is your printer USB or parallel? If it's USB, the command I gave above should show you the ink levels. It works with my Epson Stylus Color 777.

Are you typing it correctly with spaces in the right places?

Also, some Epsons will refuse to start at all if they have run out of ink. You might see an error light blinking. In which case, the above command will not work.

When you installed the printer the first time, could you print a test page?
escputil-1.1.pet
Description  Updated 2013-05-12
pet

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Filename  escputil-1.1.pet 
Filesize  63.74 KB 
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug 2011, 12:27    Post subject:  Epson printer drivers  

Thank you. I knew the printer was out of ink, but I didn't know which one (there are 6 separate inks). The windows software will tell you when an ink cartridge is empty. I gave up and installed the printer on my husband's windows laptop, just to use the epson status monitor. I was able to identify which ink needed changing, and, sure enough, the escputil command worked in Puppy after that. But this computer is used by my learning disabled son, who will never know what to do when his printer stops working. I was hoping for a simple gui which would send a message :"cyan (or whatever) ink empty"!

Still, at least the printer's back in business!
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 07:24    Post subject: TM-U220D  

How can I print with Epson TM-U220D?
It is a black and white dot matrix printer and I connect it via USB to my laptop.

I choose "Add Printer" and CUPS asks me about Device and Device URI and I don't know how to fill it.

I am newbie in Linux and Puppy.

I am using newest Wary.
I have downloaded Lupu and Slacko,too but not try it yet.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 09:37    Post subject:  

I think that you are out of luck. Epson does not supply Linux drivers for their dot-matrix printers. For older models, you can sometimes get a generic driver from openprinting.org. But their site has been down for a while.

I googled this and found a discussion that claimed you could send data directly to the printer with
Code:
echo "Hello" > /dev/usb/lp0

But I don't see how that has much practical use.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 22:31    Post subject:  

Quote:
Code:
echo "Hello" > /dev/usb/lp0

The code above is working. Shocked

Well, what I need to do is displaying a text file from web server using web browser, then print it. Rolling Eyes [/quote]
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 23:00    Post subject:  

When you install the printer in CUPS, select the Epson group. You may see some models at the top of the list called something like "24-pin". Try them.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 23:28    Post subject:  

Here is an Epson 24-pin driver.
epson_24pin-1.0.pet
Description 
pet

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Filename  epson_24pin-1.0.pet 
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Oct 2011, 22:12    Post subject: New driver ESC/P-R  

How a nice!
epson_inkjet_printer_escpr-1.1.0.pet on Wary-500-01j allows me to use EP-704A, Epson's new model.

It was easy to add the printer from the cups web interface.
All test print was ok from cups, seamonkey, abiword and epdfview.
(guess it does not using pdftops in this case.)

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Oct 2011, 22:39    Post subject: Re: New driver ESC/P-R  

shinobar wrote:
(guess it does not using pdftops in this case.)

Thank you for testing. Wary 500 has the older GTK so printing works correctly. The problem with pdftops first appears in Wary 520.
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