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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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