FreeBSD 7-RELEASE + CUPS + gutenprint + Epson Stylus CX8400

Michael Johnson ahze at
Sat Apr 5 20:27:38 UTC 2008

On Sat, Apr 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM, Steven Friedrich <FreeBSD at>

> No response from -questions...
> I can't get this printer to work at all.  I've been to,
> ,
> and to no avail.
> I already had cups installed and working under FreeBSD from a LONG time
> ago. I
> used to use it with an HP DeskJet 560C.  Later, I bought a Brother
> monochrome
> laser with BR-Script (their version of postscript). That printer was EASY
> to
> get working, because Brother supplied a .ppd file.
> I googled my tail off.
> The OpenPrinting database said to use gutenprint, which I didn't have
> installed, so I installed it and in cups, I removed the printer and
> re-added
> it using the gutenprint ppd apropriate for the CX8400.
> When I print a test page, it just prints garbage.
> This printer is a USB printer and I added device ulpt and it shows up with
> usbdevs:
> addr 1: UHCI root hub, Intel
>  uhub0
> addr 1: UHCI root hub, Intel
>  uhub1
> addr 1: UHCI root hub, Intel
>  uhub2
> addr 1: UHCI root hub, Intel
>  uhub3
>  addr 2: USB Receiver, Logitech
>   ums0
> addr 1: EHCI root hub, Intel
>  uhub4
>  addr 2: USB2.0 MFP(Hi-Speed), EPSON
>   ulpt0
>   umass0
> It works under WinXP Pro and I bought this printer because it was pretty
> cheap
> and I needed one quickly.   But Epson put a lot of money into CUPS and I
> can't believe this is so friggin' hard to get it to work.
> I think the handbook could use some more troubleshooting info for usb
> printers.  This printer, from what I read on the Internet, will support
> printing us-ascii, so I tried to send an ls -l > /dev/ulpt0 device, but it
> didn't even print that.
> I also noted that the gutenprint users manual says I should have an epson
> backend in /usr/lib/cups/backend. I don't have one. How do I get it there?
> What am I missing?

you could try print/system-config-printer

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