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Old 10-27-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
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Epson Stylus C86 printer and Mandriva 10.1

I have this Epson printer that I've had for months. I have this Mandriva OS that I've had for months. I have looked form months to get (a) to work on (b). I have, from Google, from here, from there, endless arcane 'advise' that does nothing but sit and fester. I just, simply, don't know what to do with it all. One well-meaning forum advises me to use the Gimp drivers..."the C86 works great with them." What does that MEAN??? Does it mean that I have to find (somewhere in) Gimp a printer driver, and yes, I can then print stuff relating to Gimp with this printer, and nothing else? Does it mean that I would then have a universal printer that works with all I wish to print from now on? Where is this driver? How do I find it? What do I DO when I get there? Then there's CUPS. All the 'advice columns' are great for someone who has CLUE what they are doing. I have no clue. I simply don't know where to get started. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO FIRST. I have spent endless hours following this and that bash tutorial, this and that, this and that. I still have no clue how to hook up a simple printer, to my OS, so that I can print something. Can someone...please...light that first spark-that will give me a clue-what to do FIRST, and then NEXT???!!

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Old 10-31-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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Epson drivers

Think I found the answer for you. You wont have to fiddle around with extra configurations either.

Go to ESP Print Pro

The site says, "If you did not see your printer listed, try a printer driver with a similar model number. For example, the HP DeskJet 690C Series driver works for the HP DeskJet 690C, 692C, 693C, 694C, and 695C printers."

I don't see the Epson Stylus C86 listed, but I see the C82, C83, and C84 listed. ESP said to contact them if you had any questions.

When I went to, that site said it was the same driver.

Let me know if that solves your problem and that in fact they are all the same driver.


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