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Old 03-04-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Epson Stylus DX7400


I have just been out to buy one of these as they are supported by Linux however!

I have Kubuntu installed and the drivers I can get from Epson Avasys support:

Red Hat Linux 9
Turbo Linux 11
Mandriva 2006
OpenSuse 10.2
Fedora Core6

Is there any way I can stick with Kubuntu which I really like (didn't like Freespire) or do I have to try one of these distros. The software I like with Kubuntu are the packages starting with K and automatix. I only came to Linux this week but after a fatal crash problem I no longer have the winxp dual boot so I really have to organize printing today!

Thanks for the help in advance
 
Old 03-05-2008, 08:06 AM   #2
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You can use the appropriate RPM from the download page, but you have to convert it. Download it to a directory, then open a command line and go to that directory.

Use the command

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sudo alien <packagename>.rpm
where you replace <packagename> with the correct name of course. If alien is not yet installed, you get an error message. In that case, use

Code:
sudo apt-get install alien
to install it.

There should be a file with the same name as the rpm and the extension deb in the directory once the alien command above has been successful. To install the content of the deb, do the following:

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sudo dpkg -i <packagename>.deb
again replacing <packagename> with the actual name. The printer drivers should then be available in your printer setup tool.

Robin
 
Old 03-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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No Go

Thanks Robin, I followed all the instructions to the letter and things were definitely happening, but my printer has not been added to the list, there is a DX4250 and a DX4800 but nothing in between these on the list.

I'll play around with a few other ideas but if you have and other thoughts I'd be glad of the advice.

Thanks

Susan
 
Old 03-05-2008, 03:33 PM   #4
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Normally I would configure the printer using the browser and the address http://localhost:631. CUPS is listening on that port and will display an interface in your browser. I suppose that what the printer driver does is copy a PPD file somewhere in your system; that's a postscript printer description. You need to use the CUPS interface and locate the PPD to install the printer.

A good bet is /usr/share/cups/model or /usr/share/ppd.

Robin
 
Old 03-08-2008, 04:33 PM   #5
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OK this is very strange, my printer seemed to be installed and working fine, I've printed out some reports from OO Writer with no problem, however I've just come to print a pdf and it shows it lined up perfectly well to print landscape and fill one sheet in the preview screen but when it comes out on the page I got the top left corner printed out portrait! the utility for changing the print settings is showing the landscape/portrait tools greyed out so I can't change anything there.

Any ideas?

thanks
Susan
 
Old 03-09-2008, 01:49 AM   #6
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Not all programs work well with the CUPS printer settings. What program do you use to print the PDF? You've got the choice of a couple of alternatives, XPDF, Adobe Reader (proprietary), Evince...

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:24 PM   #7
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Having got the printer up (and generally running) I was wondering if there was anyway to install a status monitor. When a print cartridge ran out I had to hook the printer up to a windows laptop just to see which colour it was and to get the printhead to align with the correct position to change cartridges. It is going to become a nuisance if everytime I need to do this I have to hook up to a laptop.

Thanks,
Susan
 
Old 06-02-2008, 04:15 AM   #8
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Hello, I also have an Epson Stylus DX 7400 and I am running Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) amd64. I am using the driver Epson Stylus DX4800 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs.5.0. Black text output is fine, but when it comes to colour, I have a problem -- it is detailed in this ubuntuforums post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=814842

I think I tried the "alien" method, but some errors occurred. I think I also tried to compile the drivers from the Epson website, but they must not have worked, as I am not using these Epson website drivers!

Could someone help me with my colour problem please?
 
  


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