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(?) Printing Trouble in Linux

From Gaurav on Fri, 8 Sep 2000

Answered by: Ben Okopnik

On Fri, Sep 08, 2000 at 12:01:38AM +0530, root wrote:

(!) Might want to check out your mail setup as well... See my article on setting up Sendmail under Redhat this coming month (if Mike doesn't shoot it on sight, that is. :)

(?) I have been trying to get my EPSON Stylus COLOR IIs (TRIGEM) printer working on redhat 6.1 for about three months on and off, "UNSUCCESSFULLY" of course.

The problem is that i want to print using black ink-cartrege, as most of my printing is black documents.

I have tried various Ghostscript devices, uniprint drivers read the docs over and over again, posted on the net....and done many unmentionable things but to no avail.

(!) The unmentionable things are probably the ones worth mentioning, just to avoid repetition.

(?) The closest i have come to getting some sane output is with the following GS options

gs -sDEVICE=stcolor -r360x360  -dnoWeave  -descp_Band=1 -sOutputFile=\|lpr fileName.ps


gs -sDEVICE=stcolor -sModel=st800    -sOutputFile=\|lpr fileName.ps

they both give me ouptut that is elongated in length and the verticals lines are mis-aligned.

Please Please Please Please Please help me out herex cause it is a real bother booting into windows again and again just to get printouts.. and i cant buy a new printer just yet.


(!) I have an Epson Stylus 720, myself (can't see where it would be very different). Try installing "magicfilter" and modifying the "gs" lines in "/etc/magicfilter/stylus_color_720_filter" as follows:
/usr/bin/gs  -sDEVICE=stcolor -r720 -q -dSAFER -dNOPAUSE -dSpotSize='{2.6 2.4 2.6 2}' -sOutputFile=- -
Remove the resolution ("-rXXX") switch.
That one took a while of experimenting to find (with it in place, "magicfilter" swallowed the output without a trace), but it works fine. I haven't tried just a black cartridge, but if it works with Windows, it should work with Linux.
By the way - as far as I know, the horizontal and the vertical resolution on my printer (and probably on yours) are not the same; I believe the numbers are something like 360x720. This is probably the reason for the "elongation" problem.
Ben Okopnik

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