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Old 07-06-2005, 10:45 PM   #1
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I need help adding a printer

I have just installed The Debian GNU/linux distro and I'm trying to set up my printer.

The printer is an Epson stylus CX6600. I understand that there is not a specific driver for this printer and that I must use the same driver that is used for the Epson Stylus C84 printer.

When I try to install the driver by going to System -> Printers and log in as root, the foomatic gui starts up. I click on the Add icon and Forward and a table shows the printer as Epson Stylus CX6600 as USB printer #1 so I select it and press Forward. The next screen is the Printer Identification screen and everything shows up correctly so I press Forward again. The next screen is the “Choose printer make and model” screen so I select “Epson” in the first column and in the second column I choose Stylus C84 (I've also tried C84, C83, C82, CX6400 and maybe a few others) and press Forward. This takes me to the “Choose printer driver” screen where it is supposed to show me a list of possible drivers to choose from but in every case there is no list at all.

I've also tried going to Settings -> Printing Manager. This opens without asking me for the root password. From here I click on the Add icon at the top of the screen and select Add Printer/Class from the pop-down menu. This takes me to the Add Printer Wizard Introduction screen where I click Next again. On this screen I select the Local printer (parallel, serial, USB) radio button and click Next which takes me to the Local Port Selection screen. This screen shows a tree fo all the ports that printers could be located on with my Epson Stylus CX6600 showing up as being attached to USB printer #1 which is correct so I select it and click on Next to go to the Printer Model Selection screen. Here I select Epson in the first column and Stylus C84 in the second column and click Next. Now I'm on the Driver Selection screen where I have a choice of two drivers, Epson Stylus C84 – CUPS + Gimp-Print v4.2.7 [English] or Epson Stylus C84 (Foomatic + gimp-print)[recommended]. I selected the recommended driver and click on Next. This takes me to the Printer Test screen where I can test the printer with the driver I've just selected. When I click on the Test button another screen pops up asking me to supply my Username and Password and it already has my login Username entered. I entered the same password that I used to login and clicked on the OK button at which time another box pops up stating “Authentication failed (user name=robert) Do you want to retry?”

I've also tried CUPS but it asks me for a User Name and Password as soon as I click on the Add Printer button and it won't accept any password I put there either.

Any ideas about what I'm doing wrong? Is there anything else I can try?
I'm very new to Linux so please explain in the simplest terms possible.

Thanks in advance for any help given.

Old 07-06-2005, 11:23 PM   #2
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to use cups, in a browser like firefox type localhost:631 and then for the username and password just put root and your password for the root user. from there, it should be pretty simple to follow the menu guided instructions.
oh, and in what you tried previously, try doing the test print page as root, becuase the permissions might not have been set for a normal user on the usb ports.
Old 07-07-2005, 01:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I thought that I had tried using Root and the Root Password before I posted my question but I guess that I didn't beacuse when I followed your instructions everything went through perfectly. I now have a working printer which is a big deal to me and makes it more likely that I will stay with Linux instead of having to return to Microsoft Windows.

A big Thank you!

Old 09-11-2005, 07:43 PM   #4
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Wink printer authentication

I have found a solution for the authentication problem I have found while using FC5. The problem, for my install, was in SELinux. It defaults to settings that make it impossible for the computer to communicate with the printer. I found a hint for the problem in /usr/sbin/cups. I then went into SELinux and in Security Level Configuration I clicked on the tab for SE Linux and clicked on the arrow for Modify SE Linux policy. I belive that under printing the available boxes need to be checked to allow computer-printer communication. Hope this works for all the other users I have seen with this problem on several distros.


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