Re: [PARPORT] Very Slow Printing w. Epson Stylus 800

David Campbell (
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 11:22:50 +0800

Date sent: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 18:44:49 -0800
From: Manuel Schulte <>
Subject: [PARPORT] Very Slow Printing w. Epson Stylus 800

> Hi there,
> I'm using anEpson Stylus Color 800 printer with Redhat 5.1 (kernel
> 2.0.35), and when printing even uncomplicated graphics I'm getting very
> slow print speeds i.e. several minutes/page.

Tried using lptune and enable interupts? By default printer irqs are not used
by the lp driver because every other bit of hardware thinks that irq 5 & 7 are
a good thing to use. (eg: SB-16 sound card, AARRRGGG!!!)

Win95 would be using the ECP printer driver (correct me if I am wrong). This
form of printing is not supported under Linux (yet, but it is being worked on).

There is a problem with ECP printing in that other parallel port devices may
corrupt a print job if accessed (HP printers + ZIP drive + ECP don't mix if all
three are present).

Anyway, thats my 5 cents worth.

David Campbell

Check for all Linux parallel port solutions.

Current project list:
a) Madly fixing up web pages....
b) Maintain Linux ZIP drivers (need to update docs)
c) Create Linux chipset specific parport drivers

Any assistance to clearing this list most welcome

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