ben at linuxgazette.net
Wed Nov 28 00:00:25 MSK 2007
On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 10:03:00PM -0500, Ian Chapman wrote:
> Hi Ben, Ian in plain text I hope. I had to add myself to the group lp and
> now I can print the text file
> head -60 /home/stanley82/Artwork/PCB_elements.fp/Trig_HS.fp > /dev/lp0
> which is a really good start. I did it a couple of times.
> Going into System administration printing add printer (gnome cups ad)
> and something is detected on the parallel port but it does not know what.
> I can tell it to use the parallel port and select Epson color stylus 660
> but I do not know where to find the driver (escp2-660 I believe) and i
> since the printer was not detected it may not be a good thing to press on.
A printer driver just defines a set of codes that are sent to the
printer to get it to perform specific actions. If you pick the wrong
one, nothing bad will happen: the printer simply will not do what it's
supposed to do, at which point you can try another driver.
The URLs I recommended list the specific driver needed for a given
printer. I.e., the Epson 660 listing
gives the following info:
Epson Stylus Color 660
Color inkjet printer, max. 1440x720 dpi, works Perfectly
Recommended driver: gutenprint (Home page, driver for: x86 32 bit, x86 64 bit, How to install)
Generic instructions for: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler
There's more info there, and a number of relevant links. Meanwhile, it
looks like 'gutenprint' is the recommended driver.
> My packet manager tells me ...
> Gutenprint - Top Quality Printer Drivers
> A very high quality package of printer drivers for Ghostscript and
> CUPS, mainly for Epson inkjet printers, but also for inkjets from
> Canon and HP, dye sublimation photo printers, and PCL laser printers.
> (Converted from a rpm package by alien version 8.65.)
> So I would be really pleased to receive another push in the back.
Install that package, and use the recommended driver in your CUPS
configuration. I find their web interface quite easy to use.
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