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Old 08-18-2011, 11:03 AM   #1
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Question Epson sx410 will not print. Message on printer 'pinter error' using ubuntu 11.04

Epson printer sx410 has stopped working. message on printer 'printer error. Using ubuntu 1104 ubuntu shows printer on command 'print' epson manual no information!:

driver not known worked on installation of ubuntu 11.04. what is 'cups' have heard of gutenprint? your web. ref. displayed printer not known I have just migrated from windows complete novice , sorry. I have borrowed a hp printer which worked straight away on installation.

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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You don't give us much information. Are you using the sx410 driver? If not what are you using? You have cups installed, yes? Is your printer listed among the available printers here? http://localhost:631/printers/
Old 08-20-2011, 09:45 AM   #3
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printer worked on installation of Ubuntu 11.o4 after leaving windows. do not know driver. Not listed on web site you listed. What is 'cups' Have heard of gutenprint? Sorry to be a complete novice!
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What changed, was installed, uninstalled, or whatever between when the printer worked and when it no longer worked?

Here are some answers to your more general questions.

Linux is not Windows and printer drivers do not work like Windows drivers. You will not find a driver program to uninstall for a particular printer.

CUPS is the "Common Unix Printing System" that is almost universally used in the *nix world. CUPS will talk to all your Linux-capable printers, unlike windows where you will have a separate software load for each printer. Sometimes you have to add a driver file, which might better be called a "printer-definition" file, to make the printer available for CUPS to use, but CUPS will do the driving.

"Gutenprint" is a class of CUPS drivers that comes with CUPS by default.

Here is an overview of CUPS.

Here's another overview, which might be written in a more friendly manner:

Take a look at that stuff, especially the second one; it should help you ask questions in a way that makes it easier for us the help you.

You can view the CUPS interface in your by going to http://localhost:631.

This page purports to have a sx410 compatible driver for Linux:

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