Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 201531
epson pm-a850 printer malfunctions
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:39 EST
Description of problem:
Selecting the obvious drivers for the epson pm-a850 does not produce useful
results. Either the PM-850PT or the PM-970C will simply feed paper until you
shut the machine down.
Setting up queues for both at the same time results in printing almost working
with the PM-850T driver. The printable area will print, but the page will not
complete. (No final form-feed-type-action, the paper just sits in the printer as
if waiting for something more to be added.)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up queue.
2. Select driver.
3. Save printer setup.
4. Try to print.
Either the paper just feeds forever without printing, or the print stalls and
the fails to feed.
Well, you know, a printed page that ends up in the printer output tray.
The scanner works with Kooka with the PM-970C driver selected, but not with both.
Created attachment 133715 [details]
There doesn't seem to be a driver for this particular printer.
I should have mentioned, I suppose, that I have had this printer running with one or the other of the above
mentioned drivers on FC4, and that it quit working with FC5. (Scanning on this beast is much better with
Okay, I dug out the manuals for this printer this evening, to see if it is a 24 or 48 nozzle printer, and I
find that I had dug up, two years ago, that it is assumed to be the domestic (in other words, Japanese
home market) version of the RX600 or RX610. So I tried the Epson Stylus Photo RX600 series drivers in
the setup, and it works quite well. I can't judge all the differences between RX600, RX620, and RX630,
but I do note two things --
Without Gutenprint installed, only the RX600 non-foomatic PPD worked, edge to edge on all edges, but
it failed to eject the page at the end. With Gutenprint installed, and after testing some of the other
printer/driver combinations, it ejects, but the trailing edge seems to get the last millimeter or so
I think it was the RX620 with the non-foomatic simplified driver, but one of the combinations printed
the trailing edge pattern two centimeters before the trailing edge of the page.
Sorry for the noise.