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Hi all,

I have an Epson LP-700W printer which uses the WPS (windows printing system).

Is there anybody which have a clue how to make it print under Linux??

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by:luteijn
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No, or if they have, they won't be allowed to tell you...
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If you REALLY need to use that printer under linux, see if you can get the manufacturer to tell you it's secrets and then write a driver yourself...
Solution: Buy a real printer.
(I guess this wasn't what you wanted to hear, sorry.. But anyone 'good' enough to be able to get your printer working would also be 'wise' enough not to want to.)
Same thing goes for 'win'-modems, 'win'-scanners etc. etc.
You want a printer/scanner/modem with a brain, just like you want a real secretary and not just someone to buy you a typewriter and let you write your own letters with it...
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by:spjuver
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Sorry, I could answer that by myself...

I want to know if there is someone who knows how I can do an own 'hack'.
Is there any small progam to sniff the printer driver under Windows or some kind of linux stuff which can figure out the protocol...
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by:t2pp
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I have nothing much to add except that if you have just bought this printer and you were not aware that it's *Window only*, then take it back an swap for a real printer.
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by:spjuver
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Well, that's true I just bought it. This printer has the best data (resolution,speed...) but it is attached on an 386 and this old junk does not run windows too quickly. Would like to run linux on the console.
This 386 is only printerserver nothing more so do some stuff for the printer should not be any problem.
So as far as I understand it is totally impossible to figure out how to speak with the printer without win95.
 
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luteijn earned 200 total points
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You can 'sniff' what is sent over tthe cable by attaching another computer, instead of  the printer, to your windows machine, log whatever is coming in, over the parallel port on, and start printing. If the printer is
supposed to sent stuff back, then it you have to send everything
the second computer receives to the printer (over a second port),
log what ever is coming back, and send that back to windows.
  ___        ___        _________  
 |win|      |log|       \Printer/
/___|-------|___|-------|______|

You could probably look at the "plip"-sources to get an idea how
to work with parallel ports. Have fun figuring out the logs...
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