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Old 02-12-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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Epson Stylus C62 usb printer not working with Kernel 2.6.1 [SOLVED]

I cannot seem to figure out how to get the printer driver to find the printer.
This printer worked like a charm using the 2.4.x kernels. Here's all my information:
distro: gentoo 1.4
kernel: 2.6.1
kernel config:
I have usb support, usb printer, uhci, /dev/pts enabled in the kernel (none of these are modules)

I have cups installed and started, as well as the epkowa epson driver found
here . I couldn't get the tgz file to install. ./ doesn't exist. Instead, it is called install-sh. So I emerged rpm and followed the directions to install it.

hub 1-0:1.0: new USB device on port 1, assigned address 3
drivers/usb/class/usblp.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 3 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x04B8 pid 0x0005
cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
T:  Bus=01 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#=  3 Spd=12  MxCh= 0
D:  Ver= 1.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS= 8 #Cfgs=  1
P:  Vendor=04b8 ProdID=0005 Rev= 1.00
S:  Manufacturer=EPSON
S:  Product=USB Printer
S:  SerialNumber=L79040207192318290
C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=c0 MxPwr=  2mA
I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=07(print) Sub=01 Prot=02 Driver=usblp
E:  Ad=01(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS=  64 Ivl=0ms
E:  Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS=  64 Ivl=0ms
Now when I enter cups, everything sets up just fine. But when I try to print a test page, the status message reads this:
"Starting ESP Ghostscript 7.07.1..."
And nothing happens.

The cups log states this:
I [12/Feb/2004:19:56:35 -0700] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstoraster (PID 4558) for job 9.
I [12/Feb/2004:19:56:35 -0700] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/rastertopips (PID 4559) for job 9.
I [12/Feb/2004:19:56:35 -0700] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/ekplp (PID 4560) for job 9.
E [12/Feb/2004:19:56:36 -0700] PID 4559 stopped with status 1!
I [12/Feb/2004:19:56:36 -0700] Hint: Try setting the LogLevel to "debug" to find out more.
I [12/Feb/2004:19:56:38 -0700] Started "/usr/lib/cups/cgi-bin/printers.cgi" (pid=4562)
I [12/Feb/2004:20:00:39 -0700] Started "/usr/lib/cups/cgi-bin/admin.cgi" (pid=4566)
I [12/Feb/2004:20:00:40 -0700] Saving printers.conf...
I [12/Feb/2004:20:00:40 -0700] Printer 'EpsonC62' stopped by 'root'.
I [12/Feb/2004:20:00:43 -0700] Started "/usr/lib/cups/cgi-bin/printers.cgi" (pid=4567)
I think that usblp0 is not connecting to a device. Do I need to enable /dev in my kernel? Am I just missing something? Also, when I try to start ekpstm, which is a gui printer monitor, it gives me this message:
Check all connections and make sure all devices are on. If the power was turned off during printing, cancel the print job. If the error does not clear, see your manual.

THe driver is running, and the kernel sees the printer, but they aren't communicating. Does anybody have any ideas on what to do?

Last edited by busbarn; 02-23-2004 at 03:53 PM.
Old 02-18-2004, 03:16 PM   #2
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I have devfs desabled in the kernel. Should I install udev or does that just bork everything? Any suggestions are welcome!
Old 02-23-2004, 03:57 PM   #3
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Here's what I did to get it working:

emerge udev

Using this article I wrote a rule for my printer:
bus="usb", SYSFS_serial="L79040207192318290", NAME="stylus_c62"

I then used some kde tool to remove the not-working rpm. I downloaded the tar.gz driver, extracted it, and instead of typing ./ like the documentation stated, I ran
make install

Then, I setup the driver, told it to look at /dev/epson_c62, started cups, added the printer, and everything works like a charm.


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