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Old 01-03-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Totally new to Linux - Printer help please...


Hi

I have just bought an Acer Aspire One for my daughter which has Linpus Lite as its OS. This is totally new to me and I'm having a real problem...

We also bought an Epson SX 200 printer, how easy is it to use this with her Aspire? I have downloaded something from Epson which is here:

http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/pipslite/1.3.0-2/README

I am hoping that there is a driver to work with her printer but how do I go about sorting it out?

I really don't have a clue what to do though... Could someone please help me get this printer working with her Aspire?

I have so far managed to download VLC and even put a icon on her desktop but that's about it ;-) but at least I am giving it a go!

Thanks
 
Old 01-03-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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I am assuming this printer is directly connected by USB or parallel cable to your Acer. Find the administrative panel somewhere on your desktop, and look for anything that has to do with printer configuration. You may have to give the root or administrator's password to configure printers.

Once you have found printer configuration, you should be able to have your system detect and add the printer. Even if your printer model is not found, you should be able to choose a generic driver.

Are you looking for instant plug and play? I do not know of a Linux system that will do that, although there probably is one out there.
 
Old 01-03-2009, 01:31 PM   #3
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It is directly connected via USB cable to the Acer.

I've tried configuring the printer but nothing seems to happen, should it recognise it? I am not expecting plug and play with linpus but being able to access then configure it would be good? Not sure what I'm doing wrong, thanks for your reply.
 
Old 01-03-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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If cmnorton's suggestion to use administrator mode does not work this link may be useful.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t-work-671617/

If no suitable Linux driver is available now, then you are probably best exchanging/selling the current printer and selecting something from HP, Brother or Epson which is Linux-compatible.
I am sorry that there appears to be no good news so do the searches before your next purchase.
 
Old 01-04-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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But before you sell anything...

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Originally Posted by beachboy2 View Post
If cmnorton's suggestion to use administrator mode does not work this link may be useful.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t-work-671617/

If no suitable Linux driver is available now, then you are probably best exchanging/selling the current printer and selecting something from HP, Brother or Epson which is Linux-compatible.
I am sorry that there appears to be no good news so do the searches before your next purchase.
I don't know your distro at all, so I do not know what generic drivers are available for it. If there is a generic inkjet (assuming that's what your printer is) driver available, try using that if your model is not supported. Otherwise, you may have to get a printer compatible with that distro.
 
Old 01-04-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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Accoding to this website the epson sx200 uses the gutenprint driver.

http://openprinting.org/show_printer...n-Stylus_SX200

You need to install cups and the gutenprint package and maybe some other files. Check your manual on installing software.

When you have installed cups, you need to start the cups deamon.
Again, this will vary from distro. But usually it is something like this

/etc/rc.d/cups start

In your web browser, enter in the url

localhost:631

You may be prompted for the root password.

You will then be presented with a wizard like webpage. The directions it pretty self-explanatory.

- Cheers

Last edited by dv502; 01-04-2009 at 06:11 PM.
 
  


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