Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 177329
no drivers for epson R2400
Last modified: 2013-08-09 01:47:37 EDT
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Description of problem:
The Epson R2400, and I suspect the other inkject printers/plotters in this family as well, can be made to work with FC4+.
As it stands, on FC4, if you plug in this printer via USB eggcups comes up, and says:
You have plugged in an Epson R2400, but we can't find drivers for it. Please select from the following:
blah blah blah.
However, there are drivers for this printer. See:
This package, once downloaded and installed manuall via:
rpm -i pips-spr2400-cups-2.6.4-1.i386.rpm
/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p spr2400 -E -v ekplp:/var/ekpd/ekplp0 -m ekspr2400.ppd
works perfectly: the driver supports sizes up to A3+.
This is a high-res photo/plotter imaging device. It has a lot of artistic and scientific uses... it would be nice if it was supported in FC5 out of the box.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Plug in printer.
"Driver not found"
You have plugged in an Epson R2400 and eggcups configured it for you.
Hmm, does this have a proprietary component? The EAPL has language that seems
to indicate it does. We can't ship proprietary bits.
I'm not quite sure. There is an epson NDA, along with the GPL text.
%rpm -ql pips-spr2400-cups-2.6.4-1
Fedora/Red Hat seem to ship with a lot of existing Epson drivers, but not this
one. Would this one have different legal standing than the included ones?
I see some messages in the gimp-print/gutenprint ChangeLog about adding support
for this printer, in google for "gimp print r2400 epson". Maybe this is separate
from the avasys driver?
When FC5test2 comes out I'll give it a spin and see what happens.
Well, although I'd hope to have gutenprint included, time is getting very tight
for that. Deferring this particular bug until after gutenprint is in.
This is an update, and status change for this bug.
On FC6, with
I can get the free drivers to print. There are some limitations, and advantages.
1) "Resolution" can be set from Auto up to 1440 x 1440. Other resolutions, such
as 1440 x 2880 variants, cannot be used.
2) Other parts of the driver, such as "Adjust dot size" and others, do not
really work. Should they be grayed out?
3) error checking for setting printing options is pretty weak: you can set them,
but then the printer is turned off on the CUPS page, and when you start/stop it,
everything is fine. However, printing instantly gets stopped when spooled. It
would be nice to have options that don't work alert you to this fact when you're
1) registration, color fidelity, and resolution are much improved over the
proprietary driver. In particular, Super B3/A3+ images have about 5-10mm more
imageable area than other driver, especially on sides when portrait. Banding
issues with proprietary driver not present in gutenberg version. Can image much
finer lines (to .25pt) with gutenberg driver set to 1440.
2) more paper size selections
I consider this bug fixed in FC6.
in addition, some postscript clipping issues with proprietary driver fixed with
the gutenprint drivers.
The gutenprint drivers are really nice.