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Old 07-02-2004, 05:19 PM   #1
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What does Debian do with my USB printer?


I have this Canon i250 printer that's been laying around for a couple of weeks due to the fact that I've been too lazy to try and get it working on Linux. Last night, though, I decided to give it a try and went downloaded a driver from Canon, http://www.canon.co.nz/products/prin...0_drivers.html . That driver gave me made dependency troubles, referring to a bunch of libraries I couldn't, for the life of me, find anywhere. Then, I came across http://www.turboprint.de and decided to give a shot using a demo version of their driver, since I had heard great things about them. The problem I ran into then was trying to locate my printer... I plugged it in and turned it on. Then to be sure not to run into any hotplug problems I rebooted the computer. I was able to install the turboprint driver easily... but locating the device itself was my problem, and still is. So... I guess my question's this:

What does Debian do with my USB printer? Or, rather, where does Debian put my USB printer?

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Old 07-02-2004, 08:07 PM   #2
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Are the usb modules loaded? Like usb-ohci.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 08:38 PM   #3
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My USB printer (Epson) is in /dev/usb/lp0. I used Mozilla Firefox (http://localhost:631) to configure it with CUPS and it works perfectly. Good luck with turboprint!
 
Old 07-03-2004, 04:08 PM   #4
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Moloko, I did select the usb modules while compiling my kernel, both OHCI and the other one... but doing an "lsmod" it doesn't show them loaded. So I tried to do "modprobe usb-ohci" but it couldn't find the module... Am I missing something here?
 
Old 07-09-2004, 04:11 PM   #5
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If the modules is compiled in the kernel it is loaded. Check if your printer is at least detected during boot with dmesg or check /var/log/messages.
 
Old 07-10-2004, 07:36 AM   #6
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if both uhci and ohci are compiled into the kernel it can cause problems iirc
 
Old 07-10-2004, 01:24 PM   #7
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Ugh, that must be it then... I somehow got the impression from reading the help on USB during the kernel configuration that compiling both wouldn't cause any problems.
 
Old 07-11-2004, 11:10 AM   #8
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@Dead Parrot:

Hi!
I just read a few posts before that you made your Epson USB printer work under Debian with CUPS.
I also have an Epson USB printer (Epson Stylus Photo RX500), but there's no way for me to make it print. I configured it with CUPS, and it seems to be everything alright, simply the printer doesn't print anything! It is found on "/dev/usb/lp0", and no errors are given. When I try to print the test page, I see te job is correctly sent and executed, but the printer seems to be sleeping (it's turned on, by the way :-))!
Can you please post me your CUPS configuration files?
I'm sadly wondering why my printer doesn't work, and I *DON'T* want to switch to Win just to print a few pages!
I've already downloaded the drivers for my printer from the Epson WebSite, but the problem still exists!
Thank you very much!
Bye
 
Old 07-16-2004, 01:29 PM   #9
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I could sure use this also. I have the same RX500 printer with exactly the same issue. Everything seems to work properly except.....it doesn't print.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:15 PM   #10
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HOT NEWS!!!

Printer: Epson Stylus Photo RX500

I got into printing a sort of test page with a tool called "mtink".
That tool let me see the ink level and configure my printer (also with cartridge alignment test page).
I'm happy 'cause finally my printer cried out a paper from GNU/Linux! Let's party!!!
No way with CUPS yet... but I keep on trying!
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:23 PM   #11
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It's funny. I actually got the damn thing to print as it should through CUPS. I was printing documents from OOo, pictures from Gimp, then I rebooted.........................nothing. It didn't print anymore. I have yet been able to bring it back to life. I have no idea what I did to get it working.
I think it had something to do with http://www.epkowa.co.jp/english/linux_e/dl_spc.html, but I can't get it going again.

There is hope.

-SNT
 
Old 09-22-2004, 08:15 PM   #12
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Linux and printing is one of the very few things I haven't been able to do. I gave up on CUPS and turboprint. They just wouldn't work. Set up a print server on a windows machine my parents use...
 
Old 09-22-2004, 08:53 PM   #13
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@d1s4st3r:

Hi there,

Sorry, I haven't been reading this thread since my last post, and so I missed your request for posting my CUPS configuration files. Anyway, it's too late now -- I've switched to a Samsung laser printer (that has excellent support in Linux).

LinuxPrinting.org says Epson Stylus Photo RX500 "works partially".

http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...us_Photo_RX500

I'd suggest that you use the following command (as root) to ensure that you've got all the needed software installed: "aptitude --with-recommends install foomatic-bin cupsys-driver-gimpprint". Then try again the usual http://localhost:631 CUPS configuration tool in your web browser.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 03:35 PM   #14
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Cool

Hello,

I was having exactly the same problem as outlined above but with an Epson cx6400.

I had tried everything -- but the previous post contained the solution that eventually worked for me.

So for those at their wits end, do try:

"aptitude --with-recommends install foomatic-bin cupsys-driver-gimpprint"

Not sure why it worked or what it changed but it did work.

Thanks to Dead Parrot
 
Old 11-01-2004, 08:43 AM   #15
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atheist

So what about Canon i250 ? Did you setup it? if so please describe how !
 
  


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