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Epson Stylus Color 600

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Does anyone know how well the Epson Stylus Color 600 works with Linux?

Thanks in advance.

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I have an Epson Stylus 800 working under Linux.  Both the 600 and the 800 use the PS/2 graphics method so the 600 should work.

I used the Redhat 5.1 installation.  I upgraded my version of Ghostscript from the Aladdin web site.  I had to tweak the rhs-printfilters and the printcap to use the new Ghostscript uniprint driver (which supports almost all of the Epson printers, including the 600).  Lastly, I used the 'tunelp' to tell Linux to use IRQ 7 (Linux polls by default which can make printing incredibly slow).

From Linux the printing is slow compared to Windows 98 because the Linux parallel port driver does not yet take advantage of ECP/EPP.  If you upgrade your kernel (which is not a trivial adventure) to 2.1.125, printing is about twice as fast as under 2.0.34 (but not as fast as Windows 98).  (Under 2.1.125, you cannot use tunelp to set the interrupt.  Rather, cd /proc/parport/0.  Edit the file irq so that instead of 'none' it has the irq of your parallel port (probably 5 or 7).

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Marzola can you provide more information on how you did this? I upgraded my ghostscript too and have been unable to get my 800 to work.  

  Would you provide printcap and filter scripts?

thanks.
      Talwyn
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Additional information by request from [talwyn]:

(1) Edit the file /usr/lib/rhs/rhs-printfilters/ps-to-printer.fpi
    Look for "# we're using ghostscript", change the eval to match the what is below:

   eval "$mpage_cmd | gs -q $GSDEVICE \
      -sPAPERSIZE=$PAPERSIZE \
      -sOutputFile=- \
      -"

(2) Using the RH printtool, create three print queues

      (1) Names:            epson_color_lq|co_lq|lp
          Spool Directory:      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_lq
          File Limit:            0
          Printer Device:      /dev/lp0
          Input Filter:      Cannon BJ-100/200/210/240

      (2) Names:            epson_color_mq|co_mq
          Spool Directory:      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_mq
          File Limit:            0
          Printer Device:      /dev/lp0
          Input Filter:      Cannon BJ-100/200/210/240

      (3) Names:            epson_color_hq|co_hq
          Spool Directory:      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_hq
          File Limit:            0
          Printer Device:      /dev/lp0
          Input Filter:      Cannon BJ-100/200/210/240


(3) In each of these directories, edit the postscript.cfg file:

      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_lq:
      GSDEVICE=bj200            -->      GSDEVICE=\@stc800pl.upp
      RESOLUTION=180x180      -->      RESOLUTION=360x360
      COLOR=                  -->      COLOR=
      PAPERSIZE=letter      -->      PAPERSIZE=letter
      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""      -->      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""
      REVERSE_ORDER=            -->      REVERSE_ORDER=YES
      PS_SEND_EOF=NO            -->      PS_SEND_EOF=YES

      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_mq:
      GSDEVICE=bj200            -->      GSDEVICE=\@stc800p.upp
      RESOLUTION=180x180      -->      RESOLUTION=720x720
      COLOR=                  -->      COLOR=
      PAPERSIZE=letter      -->      PAPERSIZE=letter
      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""      -->      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""
      REVERSE_ORDER=            -->      REVERSE_ORDER=YES
      PS_SEND_EOF=NO            -->      PS_SEND_EOF=YES

      /var/spool/lpd/epson_color_hq:
      GSDEVICE=bj200            -->      GSDEVICE=\@stc800ih.upp
      RESOLUTION=180x180      -->      RESOLUTION=1440x720
      COLOR=                  -->      COLOR=
      PAPERSIZE=letter      -->      PAPERSIZE=letter
      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""      -->      EXTRA_GS_OPTIONS=""
      REVERSE_ORDER=            -->      REVERSE_ORDER=YES
      PS_SEND_EOF=NO            -->      PS_SEND_EOF=YES

(4) Rename your '/etc/printcap' to '/etc/printcap-'.  Create a new '/etc/printcap' with the following contents:

      epson_co_lq|color_lq|lp:\
              :sd=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_lq:\
              :mx#0:\
              :sh:\
              :lp=/dev/lp0:\
              :if=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_lq/filter:
      epson_co_mq|color_mq:\
              :sd=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_mq:\
              :mx#0:\
              :sh:\
              :lp=/dev/lp0:\
              :if=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_mq/filter:
      epson_co_hq|color_hq:\
              :sd=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_hq:\
              :mx#0:\
              :sh:\
              :lp=/dev/lp0:\
              :if=/var/spool/lpd/epson_co_hq/filter:

(5) Restart LPD.  Execute the following as root:

      /etc/rc.d/init.d/lpd stop
      /etc/rc.d/init.d/lpd start

(6) Test the printer with (execute from a non-root account):

      lpr -Plp /usr/lib/rhs/rhs-printfilters/testpage.ps


You have now created three queues one for low quality (360x360), one for medium quality (720x720), and one for high quality (1440x720).  If you don't specify a printer, the default will be the low quality printer queue.  Use the following commands to send jobs to the appropriate queue:

      low quality> lpr -Pco_lq
      med quality> lpr -Pco_mq
      high quality> lpr -Pco_hq

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