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Old 01-25-2003, 01:28 PM   #1
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Epson Stylus color 440c


I need to install a Epson Stylus color 440c on my gateway. I have Slackware 8.1 with no Xfree86... only console.

I have searching for any howto to config kernel, printer, etc... Can anyone helpme please...?

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Old 01-25-2003, 05:38 PM   #2
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Without X and the libs I would think apsfilter would probably be best. It should provide graphics with color capability. Apsfilter will need ghostscript installed. Both are available in Slack. Probably should avoid CUPS without an X system, but it can be managed at the command line if one is really dedicated.

If text only is desired, then I believe the 440C will perform as a normal ASCII printer. It will require a LFCR filter for proper line termination though. Otherwise the staircase effect on each line. Usually just a print filter script listed in /etc/printcap file. I think I can post an example if needed.

Also, for your reference you might take a look at this website, http://www.linuxprinting.org.

Cheers!

BTW: Welcome to LQ and Slackware!

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Old 01-25-2003, 05:52 PM   #3
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I have instaled the X libs and ghostscript. I configure printcap with the SETUP of Apsfilter but... i think i dont have suport from kernel... i need to compile the kernel and activate something, but i dont know what.

If i try to do something like cat file.txt > /dev/lp0 i get bash: /dev/lp0: No such device or address...

Any howto to put my kernel ok?

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Old 01-25-2003, 06:06 PM   #4
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There are two options I can think of. First item under the kernel build menu, is parallel port support. Enable and select PC style hardware, etc. The second item is under Character Devices, select parallel printer support is enable. The later may have more to do with redirecting console output to the printer. Either way, I always enable them both.

It could also be compiled as a module. So you might try "modprobe parport" and then use the lsmod command to list loaded modules and the dmesg command to see if any hardware was detected. If it looks well, then retest the printer port.
 
Old 01-26-2003, 09:27 AM   #5
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thanks Excalibur...

Now works just fine and with samba all lan can use Epson Stylus Color with gostscript.

 
  


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