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Axis 1440/Epson740 and Classic
Authored by: Christopher on Jan 27, '02 11:39:02AM

This looks very promising. I have been using an Axis 1440 and an Epson 740 this way in OS9 (there is an AppleTalk driver for the 740 on Epson's website), and I have been frustrated to not be able to do it in OSX. Unfortunately the OSX driver for the 740 does not support this connection via Epson AppleTalk as in Anonymous's hint. I have found out how to make it work in Classic. Previously, if I have opened the Chooser in Classic, there are no options in the right hand box whenever I select the 740(AT) driver, nor for the LaserWriter 8, nor for the AppleShare icon, or my old fave, Broadcast. It dawned on me today why, and when I looked at the AppleTalk control panel I found the connect via pop-up set to Built-in Ethernet. Now I use an iBook with an AirPort card - which is why I want to be able to see this printer on the network; I can print anywhere around the house. There is no option named 'AirPort' anymore, but there is a new one called 'Ethernet Slot 1' so I switched the AppleTalk connection to this, and all my AT devices and volumes now show up in the Classic Chooser. Why they renamed it I can't imagine. Anyway, I can print wirelessly to the 740 now from Classic, and also from X if I use the workaround of saving a print preview as a PDF and then printing it from a classic app like Acrobat Reader 4.
If anyone has access to an Axis and an Epson C80, I'd like to know if they work as in the original hint above, as I'd buy a C80 to get around this awkward way of doing things.


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Axis 540+/ESP 1200 and Classic or X
Authored by: CrunchGriz on Mar 25, '02 03:16:10PM

I am one of the disaffected owners of the Epson Stylus Photo 1200 without a viable driver for OS X. I have a 450 Mhz iMac DV+, with OS X 10.1.3, and an Axis 540+ print server, which supports Appletalk. I have set the printer name to "EPSONLQ2" in the print server software, and have updated the Axis firmware to its latest version, 6.0.

In the last two weeks I have:

1. Tried to install a hacked driver for the 1200 (from a 1270 driver)--the Print Center quits whenever it's installed;

2. Tried Jim Derry's excellent hack for unsupported drivers using NetInfo, the Axis 540+ print server, and Ghostscript--all I got to print was gibberish; and

3. Tried the Axis 540+ print server using OS 9 and Epson's 1200AT drivers for the Axis 1440 print server--more, although different, gibberish. The printer shows up in the Chooser, but prints only gobblydegook.

The print server test page works when I print it through the Axis 540+, but I can't get anything else recognizable.

Questions (mostly regarding printing in OS X):

1. What print servers has everyone gotten to work with the tip that started this thread (besides the D-Link)?

2. With what printers have you been able to make a print server work using this tip, using either Jim Derry's hints or this tip? (If I'm going to buy a new printer, I'd prefer to have one I can network--USB has been hinky for me in the past.)

3. Are there any settings on the Axis 540+ that I need to set to make it work, under either OS 9 or X?

Thanks to all for any hints or allegations.

Needless to say, I'm amazed that Epson can create an OS X driver for the Photo 750 (however rudimentary) yet can't create a driver for the 1200, which is essentially the same printer with a wider carriage. A two-year old, $500 printer should not be made obsolete through abject laziness.

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