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I am scared of using my printer. I made a similar thread a month ago, but no one was able to help me, so I will try to go into as much detail as I can.
The first time I tried to print using Linux, nothing happened. So I checked the control centre printer status bar and the print job did not appear. The when I logged out it started to print. I am guessing that I must have been running too many programs at ounce. This problem occured while printing a Gimp format picture. However when closing programs, I managed to get it to print and it had worked ever since.
A few weeks ago I tried to print a Webpage and got an error. Then the printer printed jiberish. I switched it off to save ink and paper. Then when I restart the system and the printer, it starts printing jiberish the moment I get to the login screen. I decided to just let it print till it stopped.
Then I try printing a ms word document by Open Office. The same result. Somebody recommened that I download gimp-print. I did that and as far as I know installed it. Tried again and same result. I remember AWR being mentioned but not sure if that is just for gimp.
My printer is an Epson Stylus C60 and my distro is Mandrake 9.1. I have used up almost half of my black ink cartridge, and in England they are not cheap.
A company i used to do work for used Epson printers.. C60's C80's etc... They were notorious for all of a sudden randomly printing junk. I do not know the answer to your question.. but I woul like to add that this is one of the nuicences I have about linux. printing is diffrent in every single application...
btw... Epson ink cartridges in the US aren't cheap either... I spend $60+usd's on for ink cartidges for an C80..
It is a local printer connected on a serial connection. I don't know if this helps but, when I go to control centre peripherals, the printer appears to be configured correctly, but after going into admin mode, it has CUPS as the setting. I may be wrong but I thought that cups was for network printers. Could this be the problem? What protocal should I use for a local printer?
I am trying the link you have given me. It reads my printer ok, but when I click on configure printer or print test, the browser just tells me
transfering data from local host
for a few min. As the site told me that I am using Gimp-Print, I think it may be worth trying to print something.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
sounds like the cups daemon is not running. the "site" is actually an interface to your machine "localhost". just wanted to clear that up. from mandrake you can have a look at the control center for services, make sure that cups starts on boot, then you can give a go at configuring it.