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Epsom R265 Printer Problem

 
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DavePritchard



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Epsom R265 Printer Problem Reply with quote

Hi, I have a Epsom R265 printer, it works Ok But if an ink cartridge runs out I have no way of knowing which one. The printer does not report the ink status.

1 Is this missing from the printer firmware ( ? upgrade )
2 A missing or incorrect driver
3 No cure.

Any suggestions for a cure most welcome
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
ink -p usb


shows the ink levels on my Epson R285. You may need to run it as root or use sudo.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a new one on me, and to my surprise and pleasure it works with my Canon MG6250.

Thanks for the pointer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nelz, but all I get is :-

bash: ink: command not found

As user or root.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Install ink (will also get libinklevel5 if running an Ubuntu variant).

Edit:
However, I needed to do:
sudo ink -d /dev/usb/lp1
to get any output and then it told me I had 100% across all cartridges, which I doubt. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a network printer. Would there be any chance of ink -p [rest of magic spell] existing?

(No point installing if it doesn't do remote printers)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:

rhakios@pythia:~$ ink --help
ink: invalid option -- '-'
ink -p "usb"|"parport" [-n <portnumber>] [-t <threshold>] | -d <device_file>
ink -p "bjnp" | -b "bjnp://<printer.my.domain>" | -v

'ink -p parport' Query first parallel port printer
'ink -p parport -n 1' Query second parallel port printer
'ink -p usb' Query first usb port printer
'ink -p usb -n 1' Query second usb port printer
'ink -p bjnp' Query first bjnp network printer
'ink -d /dev/usblp0' Query usb printer on device /dev/usblp0
'ink -b bjnp://printer.my.domain' Query bjnp network printer on printer.my.domain
'ink -b bjnp://111.222.111.222' Query bjnp network printer on ip-address 111.222.111.222
'ink -p usb -t 20' Only print ink levels less than or equal to 20%
'ink -v' Show version information


bjnp is bubblejet network printer (i.e. Canon printers), I'm not sure if it works for other makes of network printers.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try mtink.

It takes a bit of setting up to get it to work as a normal user instead of as root, but it works well. Just make sure you are a member of all the appropriate groups (lp, lpadmin, I think in Ubuntu) and you should be OK.
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DavePritchard



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Epsom R265 Printer Problem Reply with quote

Well to start with I downloaded libinkdevel5, and attempted to install, result the following ( meaningless to me )

[root@localhost To_Install]# rpm -i libinklevel5-0.8.0-2mdv2011.0.i586.rpm
warning: libinklevel5-0.8.0-2mdv2011.0.i586.rpm: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 26752624: NOKEY
[root@localhost To_Install]#

Thanks for the suggestions, But I think I shall just have to put up with the problem (nothing seems to just work).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see Mandriva still having the same old problems with package signatures, one of the reasons I jumped ship years ago.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Epsom R265 Printer Problem Reply with quote

I am running PC-Linux (2010 I think) but synaptic stopped fetching anything some time back. so I try to find a way around it.
sometimes I think I must be nuts to keep trying.

I downloaded Ink, which seemed to go Ok, but no

[root@localhost To_Install]# ink -p usb
Unknown IEEE 1284.4 error number 80
An unknown error occured.
Could not get ink level.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both ink and escputil utilities rely on the deprecated usblp kernel module, so depend on /dev/usb/lp* being available for raw access, whereas CUPS is now using libusb. As such, you may need to do something like
Code:
modprobe usblp
ink -p usb
modprobe -r usblp
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many broken tools to choose from, so much rocket science to find the one that works - or not. Think I'll just wait for my ink to run out.

Thanks, anyway.
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