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Old 08-09-2004, 02:12 AM   #1
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how install usb printer (epson stylus color 480sxu) ?

how I should install this usb printer? (epson stylus color 480 sxu)

I'm a newbie with slack, with other distros there are a lot of wizards, but with slack it's all "command line work" (i'm ok with this, but when i "know" the command i need, )

what are the commands or the config files for install this printer?

thanks a lot!
Old 08-10-2004, 01:31 PM   #2
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make sure you install CUPS, reboot then run the following in a web browser http://localhost:631 . You will see an option to do "Administration Tasks", click that, enter "root" in the username and the password in the "password" dialogue box. Follow instructions from there and your printer will be working in no time.

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Old 08-11-2004, 01:53 AM   #3
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Not much Command Line (CL) work to setup printer with Slackware, what you need is CUPS as mentioned by reddaza.

I will give you more specific instructions here:

I assume you have cups and only cups installed. If you installed cups and lprng, please removepkg lprng and updatepkg --reinstall cups.

1. plug-in your printer and switch it on.
2. download
3. uncompress it
4. ./configure, make
5. copy foomatic-rip to /usr/lib/cups/filter/
6. Now, go to /etc/rc.d/ and ./rc.cups restart (I have my reasons)
7. Open your favourite browser, go to
And everything is pretty clear from then on. When you are prompted for username and password use your root account.
Old 08-11-2004, 02:45 PM   #4
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thanks a lot! I will try ASAP I will put my hands on my linux box!

thanks thanks thanks
Old 08-11-2004, 03:02 PM   #5
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I'm having a bit of a problem with setting up a usb printer also, and I'm hoping I could get a bit of help.

I understand the above instructions and have followed them all etc. but I seem to be getting a seperate problem. Once I've set the printer up in CUPS and I try and send a test print to it, I always get an error message along the lines of:

"Unable to open USB device "usb:/dev/usb/lp1": No such device"
Device URI: usb:/dev/usb/lp1
The error is the same, whatever usb printer # I try and set up within CUPS. I have usb support complied in to my kernel, and the usb controller appears to be detected. Using the lsusb command produces the following:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
I'm at a bit of a loss what to do really, I've read the usb info I can find and as far as I can tell, everything is set up correctly.

The printer is an Epson Stylus Colour C44UX.

Can anyone help??


Old 09-02-2004, 12:24 AM   #6
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I have cups setup to where I can see the added printers but my printer still will not print anything.
Old 09-02-2004, 01:55 PM   #7
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Steve, if you only have one printer connected to your usb ports, the correct device is /dev/usb/lp0
Old 09-02-2004, 01:55 PM   #8
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Originally posted by k4ution
I have cups setup to where I can see the added printers but my printer still will not print anything.
Please state your printer.
Old 10-15-2004, 03:41 PM   #9
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Hi I can install my printer but when it comes to the printing it doesn't print. anyone knowes y?
i have a HP Deskjet 3420

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Old 10-15-2004, 04:47 PM   #10
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I'm trying to get my printer running in Slackware and this page helped me a lot.

Maybe it will help others on this thread.
Old 10-15-2004, 05:29 PM   #11
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Xussiht does the test page works? If it does, try printing using lpr-cups instead of lpr (which is by default linked to lpr-lprng)


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