Printer Problems

Granny Sue

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it seems I had already insstalled escputil and it just won't launch on my computer. I removed it and reinstalled it to no avail. I click the "launch" key and then it either freezes my computer or it just does nothing. Thanks anyway.
 


MarkG_108

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Perhaps running escputil in the command line would work. Try turning the printer on, and then run the following command in a terminal:

Code:
escputil -a -m escp2-nx420
 
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Granny Sue

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Perhaps running escputil in the command line would work. Try turning the printer on, and then run the following command in a terminal:

Code:
escputil -a -m escp2-nx420
Mark, I did as you suggested, twice. The first time, I waited and waited for the printer to do something. The printer icon was showing in the system try and right clickking told me it was processing. After 10 minutes I typed in a "?" (it was a valid choice offereing) but nothing happened. So I closed all the windows and restarted the printer. Then I re-entered the command line and the screen prints show you what I got. This time the printer icon did not appear in the system tray.
 

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Granny Sue

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@wizardfromoz still getting

"Please be sure that mtink has enough right for accessing the device files.

I am determined to see this through, but I feel like I'm doing something wrong. When I tried Mtink just now, first it said something about needing "group" something. (sorry, I'll try to get better at saving and sending screenshots). So I went through your command lines again and got the above message.

I hadn't closed the terminal window, here's what I got when re-entered your command lines:
 

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wizardfromoz

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See #16 again, Sue

Code:
sudo usermod -a -G lp susan
You failed to include sudo, hence permission was denied.

...but I feel like I'm doing something wrong
Yep, an easy mistake. Because we are part of the adm (admin) group, and part of the sudo group, unfortunately does not mean that we can use certain commands without prefacing them with sudo..

Wiz
 

Granny Sue

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I am so lost right now, and I actiually thought I was getting the hang of it yesterday! o_O Anyway, I'm still getting the cryptic msg from Mtink about having permission. I ran the groups command and here's what I got.
 

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MarkG_108

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In looking over the posts here, I think Mtink is your best bet. Did Mtink work after added yourself to the group "lp"? I assume not, given your post above. Perhaps running Mtink as sudo would work, rather than as regular user. So, perhaps the following would work:
Code:
sudo mtink
Post script: it's not important, but I gotta say, from the screenshots you give, the font of your terminal is almost unreadable.
 

Granny Sue

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I ran sudo mtink and here are the results.

As far as the terminal being unreadable, I was playing with fonts when I first installed Linux and don't know how I got that there. If ;you know how to change it, please let me know, I've been tryintg to get it back to something readable ever since.
 

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Vrai

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I ran sudo mtink and here are the results.

As far as the terminal being unreadable, I was playing with fonts when I first installed Linux and don't know how I got that there. If ;you know how to change it, please let me know, I've been tryintg to get it back to something readable ever since.
Here you go @Granny Sue . To change Terminal fonts: open Terminal > select Edit from the menu bar > then select Preferences from the drop down menu.
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MarkG_108

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Hmm. So "sudo mtink" didn't work.

Well, to try something else, maybe if you explore your CUPS site on your computer, you might find something. Go here: http://127.0.0.1:631/printers/ and then select your printer (assuming it will be listed there), and see if there's anything you can find that will help you align your cartridges.
 

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On Vrai's contribution above - Sue is on Linux Mint 19.2 'Tina' Cinnamon - very similar to what Vrai suggested, just under Profile Preferences.

Sue, see if the below helps, just uncheck Use the system fixed width font and choose from there, I find Monospace Regular 14 is good for me.


 

wizardfromoz

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On @MarkG_108 's offerings (Have I said welcome yet, Mark? If not, welcome to linux.org :)):

CUPS is always worth a look, some can find the navigation tricky.

I spent a lot of time researching this mtink, and in the end, I do not know that it is the best solution. All the articles are 8 - 9 years old, and there hasn't been a new version update for years - I am not sure why Mint is still "stocking" it.

Sue, did you actually get to try Vrai's suggestion at the bottom of #4 on page 1?

It was in part

3) Perhaps one of these Epson drivers found at
http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/search/01/search/?OSC=LX
may work? Use the search box to find your model.
I went there (bear in mind I do not have an Epson printer, I have Dell and Fuji Xerox) and downloaded the bottom right option from the table - Epson Printer Utility and went through the rigmarole of setting it up, end result was initiated from Terminal



If you want to try that, let me know - I have to condense a whole lot of terminal output to make sense for you, but can do so next day or two.

But try Mark's CUPS suggestion maybe first.

Friday here in Oz, so to all

Enjoy your Linux and

Avagudweegend

Wiz
 

70 Tango Charlie

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On Vrai's contribution above - Sue is on Linux Mint 19.2 'Tina' Cinnamon - very similar to what Vrai suggested, just under Profile Preferences.

Sue, see if the below helps, just uncheck Use the system fixed width font and choose from there, I find Monospace Regular 14 is good for me.


@wizardfromoz
Man, Wiz,
For a minute I thought you had gotten into my desktop!!!
Anyhow, here's a pic of mine. Looks surprisingly familiar to yours!
We certainly have good taste in desktop pics. LOL.
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MarkG_108

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I spent a lot of time researching this mtink, and in the end, I do not know that it is the best solution. All the articles are 8 - 9 years old, and there hasn't been a new version update for years - I am not sure why Mint is still "stocking" it.
It's in Debian stable as well. I don't see it in Mint's package listings, but I assume it comes from Ubuntu for Mint.
It does seem that the bug reports are quite old. However, here's one that may be of use: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mtink/+bug/937142

In that bug report, it suggested that,
modprobe usblp makes mtink work but you cannot print.

rmmod usblp restores printing.
Later on, this following suggestion was made:
Workaround
sudo modprobe usblp
mtink
sudo modprobe -r usblp
I don't know enough about Linux to actually recommend the commands above. I myself would try the one deemed "Workaround", but, again, I'm not completely confident recommending it to others.
 

Granny Sue

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It's in Debian stable as well. I don't see it in Mint's package listings, but I assume it comes from Ubuntu for Mint.
It does seem that the bug reports are quite old. However, here's one that may be of use: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mtink/+bug/937142

In that bug report, it suggested that,


Later on, this following suggestion was made:


I don't know enough about Linux to actually recommend the commands above. I myself would try the one deemed "Workaround", but, again, I'm not completely confident recommending it to others.
Thanks, MarkG, I'll try the workaround and see what happens. I finally found the User Guide documentation that tells me how to align the print heads using some internal stuff, but the print heads aren't aligned even though the printer says they are.
 

Granny Sue

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well, I'm beginning to think I need to edig out the other printer I was given. Maybe it will work, once I get ink for it..... I can print anything I want in B&W, but once you add color it turns real ugly.
 

wizardfromoz

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It's in Debian stable as well. I don't see it in Mint's package listings, but I assume it comes from Ubuntu for Mint.
That appears so, Mark :) - I checked in Ubuntu 19.10 'Eoan Ermine' and it is from the Universal category, same version.

By way of explanation, I run typically 80 - 100 Linux over 2 rigs, currently only 71 while I am reorganising drives.

I don't know enough about Linux to actually recommend the commands above. I myself would try the one deemed "Workaround", but, again, I'm not completely confident recommending it to others.
Looks fine to my casual inspection.

Wizard

BTW @70 Tango Charlie - Great minds think alike, Charlie - don't forget your updates, "son" :p:D:p
 

70 Tango Charlie

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That appears so, Mark :) - I checked in Ubuntu 19.10 'Eoan Ermine' and it is from the Universal category, same version.

By way of explanation, I run typically 80 - 100 Linux over 2 rigs, currently only 71 while I am reorganising drives.



Looks fine to my casual inspection.

Wizard

BTW @70 Tango Charlie - Great minds think alike, Charlie - don't forget your updates, "son" :p:D:p
@wizardfromoz
As soon as I posted that screenie, I noticed that I needed to do an update; and.....I would likely hear about it from you! LOL.
I have gotten in the habit of updating every day. It only takes a few minutes and then it's done.
I also have the habit of creating a TS whenever I plan do anything that may give me trouble.
If I may say so, both of those are pretty good habits! :):)
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