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Re: [vox-tech] Yargh! Printer not playing nice!
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Re: [vox-tech] Yargh! Printer not playing nice!

On Fri, 11 Jan 2002, Richard Crawford wrote:

> Whoops.  Sorry about that.  I thought I'd sent out another e-mail 
> earlier with much more information, but I never got a response.  I guess 
> it didn't get through.  Heh.

Actually, it did.
> Okay, here's the scoop.
> I picked up an Epson Stylus Photo 820 printer.  I picked up this one 
> because we need a photo-quality printer, and my research at 
> www.linuxprinting.org and other places indicated that this printer both 
> plays nice in a network environment like mine (where we have two win98 
> machines, a win2k machine, and my occasional Linux box).  The printer is 
> hooked up to one of our windows 98 computers, and is shared out 
> properly.  My wife's Windows 98 computer can print to it perfectly, and 
> so can I as long as I'm logged in to Windows 2000.
> When I'm logged in to Linux, though, it's a different story.
> I have used printconf-gui

The reason I did not respond before is that I have never used
printconf-gui, nor have I printed to a Windows box from a Linux box.  I
hate my winprinter (was free), and have been much happier with an old
Laserjet 4M+ since I got it.  Thus, I have sidestepped these issues so for
for my own needs.

> to set up the printer on my computer.  I 
> selected Windows printer (SMB printer); I entered the name of the 
> computer and the name of the printer share (e.g., 
> //CRAPPYWINBOX/STUPID_PRINTER)... Since this is Windows 98 which doesn't 
> worry about permissions, I have left the username and password fields 
> blank.  For host IP address, I've tried the IP address of the hosting 
> computer, the name of the computer, and leaving it blank.
> I've selected the appropriate driver.

That is not specific enough when you are asking for help.

> But when I try printing from Linux, what happens is this: it feeds one 
> page through all the way, and then it feeds a second page halfway from 
> the stack into the printer... and then stops.  At this point, I end up 
> having to press the form-feed button on the printer, and then turning 
> the printer off and on to clear out its cache (spool, whatever).  When I 
> keep an eye on the printer monitor on the hosting win98 computer, 
> nothing shows up.

Sounds like the communications is working.

This sounds suspiciously like an incorrectly chosen or configured
driver on the Linux end.  That is, your linux box isn't speaking

I don't know what you mean by "driver" for a printer on Linux... usually
printers are managed with "filters" on Linux. What is in your

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