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After chiming in on a recent thread about printers, I decided to have another stab at getting my Epson PM-A890 up and running in Slackware 13.37 64bit. I downloaded and installed the driver from the avasys site.
First I tried to build from the tar.gz, but was unable to confirm a successful build. The ppd files all went into the /etc/share/cups/model directory, but cups still didn't see the printer.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 002 Device 010: ID 5986:0148 Acer, Inc
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c408 Logitech, Inc. Marble Mouse (4-button)
Bus 005 Device 006: ID 0a5c:2150 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046 Bluetooth Device
Bus 002 Device 014: ID 04b8:081c Seiko Epson Corp. Stylus Photo RX640/RX650 (PM-A890)
so I can be sure there's not a physical connectivity problem.
I then pulled down the x86_64.rpm package, used rpm2tgz to convert it and installpkg to install it. Restarted cups, but still no love.
Fascinating side note, this is a multifunction inkjet printer, and the scanner works just fine with xsane.