On Sat, 09 Jun 2001 18:38:27 +0100, Tim Waugh said:
> On Sat, Jun 09, 2001 at 10:20:34AM -0400, Michael Lindner wrote:
> > I have a Dell Dimension 8100 and an Epson 740 printer. "Out of the
> > box" it won't print under Linux (Red Hat 7.1 with 2.4.4 kernel), but
> > will under Windows. After some experimentation I discovered that if
> > I save the output of "gs" and send the characters to /dev/lp0 slowly
> > enough, it prints. So, is there any way to control the speed at
> > which characters are sent out?
> I'm glad you got to the bottom of this. That's fairly strange
Thanks for the quick response!
I agree, it IS wierd, and I spoke too soon - not having repeated all the tests
I made. What I did was to run "gs ... file.ps" into a file, and send the file
directly to /dev/lp0 in 1000 byte chunks at 1/10 second intervals. That worked,
whereas "lpr file.ps" did not, so I assumed it was parport's fault. What I
didn't try again, and should have, was "gs ... file.ps > /dev/lp0". Voila, it
works! So, the problem now appears to lie with lpd and NOT parport. My
apologies. Any clues on what to do now?
Graphics printed via lpr print part or most of a page, but eventually the thing
just dies (lpq reports nothing in the queue but the page is partially printed
and the printer's busy light is flashing) and I have to power cycle the
By the way, the way I got the printer to print at all (hope this helps future
users of Epson 740s) was to load the parport module (by echoing to /dev/lp0),
then turning the printer off, DISCONNECTING the cable, then reconnecting it and
powering the printer on again. simply power cycling the printer didn't work
(although I'm not sure why not).
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