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Old 02-01-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
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Epson Stylus Photo 830 prints graphics but no text using CUPS gutenprint

I use Debian Lenny 2.6.22-3-686 (Debian 2.6.22-6) on compaq sg3100, problem with Epson Stylus Photo 830. (I don't have any other printer to test). Loaded without incident using CUPS, except that ominously the test page was just a 5mm yellow duck with a 2mm printer above its head and nothing else! Driver is gutenprint-ijs.5.0 & gutenprint-ijs-simplified.5.0 is given as an option. The following applies to both:

I can only print graphics (eg from pnm, also graphics within document), have checked both colour and grayscale. The result is normal. When I “print” text the head moves as though it's printing but the page is blank. This happens with text editors, openoffice, and abiword, and playing with print options (grayscale/colour, font colours, resolutions) hasn't helped.

Something like this has been seen: (but unresolved).

A search on linux-foundation didn't help, nearest was

My son needs to present his coursework with something better than an undersized duck so, as ever, any suggestions will be most welcome; and once again thank you for reading this. -Phil
Old 02-01-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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making progress

Played with colour settings and now printing although not perfectly... I don't know whether I have a mix of problems with printer (unlikely as it was doing ok with a different box) cartridge (just renewed so I'm suspicious) or driver but I will get to the bottom of it and report result .


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