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Old 09-13-2003, 10:07 AM   #1
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Printer Paper-out Problem - Garbage Characters


I have an Epson Stylus C82 printer which normally works fine with all printing functions. However, if I run out of paper during printing a file, the printer then prints only garbage characters [ASCII ]. It will keep printing these w/o stopping. I can recover by shutting down and rebooting, but is there another way to recover w/o re-starting? Also, this problem is not only with this printer, the exact same problem happened when I had a Canon S400 connected. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 10:14 AM   #2
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If you're using cups, then under - Configuration - Printing - Cups WWW Configuration Tool should allow you to stop the print job. Also, install Mtink - it allows you to dynamically re-set the printer. One of these should sort you out.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 12:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll try these the next time it happens..or maybe I'll make it do it!

PS: Forgot to mention, turning it off & on does nothing to correct the problem.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:00 AM   #4
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Printer Problems...Big!

Carlywarly:: First off, I installed Mtink. Thanks for the tip. Second, I accessed the CUPS WWW.Configuration tool..I found I could access the close jobs function, but several of the others require a password, etc.? How do I do that? Or is it restricted?

Now the big problem: There's something definitely wrong! Could it be the printer? [Epson StylusC82]. Anyway, when I try to print out of Open Office or KOffice it will not print a file..comes up with either nothing or an error about a blank line input, no error number. BUT, I can do a page print from Mozilla or Netscape when I'm on the web! I also can print out the complete test page perfectly! I'm completely confused. [Note: using CUPS]

Somebody please help!

Also: I changed the printer cable over to USB..that corrected the continuous printout problem of ASCII chearacters. Go figure?

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Old 09-16-2003, 11:26 AM   #5
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The other cups functions need the root password.

Mmmm. I would suggest the following. Use Mandrake Control Centre to remove the printer. Then, add the printer via the KDE Control Centre instead. See if that sorts it out.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 12:03 PM   #6
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Hey, it worked!!!! Thank you very much. Printing all files fine!

Now here's the latest problem..I can't seem to access the MCC Software install...I get an error:: urpmi database locked. What's this? What caused it? How do I 'unlock' it?

In general, seems the longer Mnk runs the more I'm getting all these funny problems. It's run for months w/o crashing [sure different from MS] . But it reminds me of how MS acted up after months of running until finally I had to re-install. Is there a way to just 'refresh' MNk w/o losing all the installed software, the browser HTML files, adr book files, etc? Or do I need to do this?

Again, thanks for your help.


Re CUPS ... I assume it's a pw from their web site, not my Mnk pw? None of my mnk pw worked.

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Old 09-18-2003, 01:08 PM   #7
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The locked problem sounds like a lock file hanging on after urpmi has closed. Look in /etc/urpmi and use the option to see hidden files, then look for a *.pid file. If there's one there, delete it - you may need to be root to do that.

Mandrake degrading over time - hasn't happened to me. I've got 3 versions running on different pcs all fine.

Cups - it should be your root password that is needed - it works on my system, and according to the Cups docs,

" To access the printer administration tools open the
following URL in your browser:

http://localhost:631/admin

You will be asked for the administration password (root or any
other user in the sys/system/root group on your system) and then
shown a menu of available functions."

Should work.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 07:21 PM   #8
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Carlywarly:: Thanks for your help again. There were no .pid files in /etc/urpmi. There were a few others scattered around my system, but they wouldn't delete. So, I deleted all the software sources in MCC, and reinstalled from Mnk CD's...or on line sources,.so all seems to be ok now.

Funny about CUPS, nothing I enter gives me access ..I mean as far as passwords. Oh well. Back to the
 
  


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