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Works for Epson SC3000; now how about HP DesignJet 488ca?
Authored by: kadeli on May 21, '02 10:34:15PM

This is absolutely the best tip. I now have native printing to my networked Epson StylusColor 3000, using the gimp-print ("stp") driver and a .ppd file generated from the linuxprinting.org site (slightly modified to add US-C paper size and to fix page margins). All the printer options (i.e., gamma, ink density, resolution, etc.) show up in the print dialog box and function perfectly. I also discovered that with stp you don't need to specify resolution or print quality in the gs command line, as long as you use the .ppd file generator. The "execution details" option on the linuxprinting.org site was very helpful in knowing how to configure the $GS line in the lpd.filter file. My original mistake was using the Epson StylusRip .ppd file.

I noticed the tip about hacking something to get new media sizes to appear under "any printer", but with my approach I just select "StylusColor3000" from my list of Print Center printers in the Page Setup dialog box and I am presented with all the page size options in the .ppd file. I decided to replace a page size (A2 invitation) that I thought I would never need with the US-C information, just to be safe.

Now to the issue of the DJ488ca - any one try this? I am not sure how to go about setting up the .ppd, since linuxprinting.org doesn't list this printer at all, and the dj650c driver instructions are sparse.

I also would like to know if I can set all of this up to use a dedicated print server, although on my 800 Mhz G4 I am hard pressed to see any slowdowns during printing.

Thanks again for the great tip, balthisar. - Ken



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