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I have just started with Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS OS and know very little about anything or about Setting up PPDs. I am running the 32bit Ubuntu OS on an older Asus Desktop machine. The Hard drive was formatted and only has the Ubuntu OS and no other OS on it.
I have read almost everything I can find on Epson LQ 24 pin drivers as well as Ghost, Cups and what have you but honestly, it is beyond my understanding. I know there is Cups and Ghost on the machine. I also did the "add printer" to the machine and it came up with a 24 pin driver for Epson. However when I try to print the "cups test page," all that happens is it prints garbage. The first page will have a zillion dots on it and the following pages will have anywhere from one to several "whatever you call it" things at the top of the page. Also, I have to hit the off button on the printer or it will just keep printing junk until it runs out of paper.
Has anyone ever gotten these printers to actually work correctly under the Linux OS/s? I would love to get the printer to work if at all possible as it is much less costly to run plain printed documents that the inkjet printers. I do a lot of test printing and re-reading what I have written to see if it is the way I desire before making anything a final job.
Thank you, Jim
frankbell, I have tried that driver but it does't work. The Epson LQ 570 printers use ECC /P2 control language and it is a tractor fed machine using 9"x11" fanfold paper. The PPD you gave a link to seems to be set up for Post Script only. Antway, it doesn't work for whatever reasons. It uses a Parallel cable for connection to the computer and not a USB cable. The Cups Local Host 631 doesn't seem to allow changing the port number if that might be the problem as well as the size of the fan fold paper to an American size. All it seems to allow for 8"x11" paper is single sheets. Thank you, Jim
Frank, Thanks for your reply. I didn't expect a lot due to the problems of the printer being an antique these days. However I was also in the hope that Linux would have some sort of work around for it being the OS is supposedly for being able to use the older equipment. I also had typed in the wrong language and it is supposed to be ESC/P2. I have read a little bit here and there about Cups, foomatic, and raster something that was suppose to had possibly worked for these types of printers. Being I am no sort of programmer though, it is hard for me to get the picture of what is being said. I have only been playing around in the Linux based OS sense December last year and have a long way to go yet. Again, Thank you, Jim