Re: [PARPORT] Epson 740/Dell Dimension/Red Hat 7.1 Woes

From: Michael Lindner (
Date: Thu May 10 2001 - 17:40:33 EDT

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    Nobody cares to take a shot at this? Should I assume that nobody knows a fix
    for this, and that the other users who posted still have this problem too?

    On Sun, 06 May 2001 10:49:59 -0400 (EDT), Michael Lindner said:

    > I've exchanged a few emails with Tim Waugh about this already, but I looked on
    > the archive and saw there have been 2 similar problems posted to this list, but
    > with no solutions posted. In addition, there have been posts on
    > comp.linux.setup with no solution posted.
    > Anyway, the problem is this. I have an Epson 740 printer, Dell DImension 8100
    > PC, and Red Hat 7.1. The printer prints fine (text and graphics) when the Dell
    > is running WIndows 98 (so it isn't the Dell hardware or the cable). It prints
    > fine when I connect it with the same cable to another box running a Linux 2.4.1
    > kernel (so it isn't that the driver doesn't work at all with the printer).
    > However, with the combination of the Dell PC and 2.4.2-2 kernel, nothing
    > prints. I cannot print graphics NOR text. I can't even get the printer to
    > produce anything by sending bytes directly to /dev/lp0.
    > Neither the LP daemon nor driver spew any errors when this happens, so I hooked
    > up a breakout box to the printer port, and I can see lines going high and low,
    > but the printer sees nothing. I suspected maybe it was a timing issue, and
    > tried to use tunelp, but tunelp doesn't seem to affect the operation of the
    > driver ("tunelp -w 1000000" should, I think, cause data to be sent at one byte
    > per second, but that's not the case).
    > I figured since I am the fourth person to note this problem, and since the
    > other three aren't still complaining, the solution must have been discovered
    > three times. I would appreciate it if anyone can help me with this.
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    Michael Lindner

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