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Printing with a Kodak ESP 7250 - (Solved)
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thkn777

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Nov 2011, 16:34    Post_subject:  Printing with a Kodak ESP 7250 - (Solved)  

Hello again,
here's my next problem: I want to print to my Kodak ESP 7250 printer.

WHAT I DID SO FAR
CUPS doesn't know that printer, but I searched a bit and found this SF project --> http://sourceforge.net/projects/cupsdriverkodak/

I downloaded INSTALL, README and the .tar.gz, then I read the INSTALL file and followed instructions. Unpacking was the easy part.

MY PROBLEM
When I type "make" in a terminal it says "make: command not found". I feel a simple "make" should(!) work in every Unix system... so something is wrong here.

GOAL
- get a working printer driver by using the make / make install command OR
- get an installable .PET OR
- install printer driver from a repository (they say, Ubuntu and debian have those packages and I found that page for example: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/c2esp) I tweaked settings in the Puppy Package Manager but couldn't find that package in the Ubuntu repositories.

I feel somewhat stuck and it would be nice if you could push me into the right direction.

Too late for me to do more research today, I need a break. See you tomorrow!

With kind regards,
Th.

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666philb


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Nov 2011, 17:13    Post_subject:  

hi thkn777

to use the make command you need to install the devx for your version of puppy. if you're still using lucid 5.2.8 you can get the devx from quickpet - sfsget - gnu compiler..

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Nov 2011, 22:07    Post_subject:  

Updated: Here are print/scan drivers for various Kodak ESP and Hero models.

1. They are designed for CUPS 1.4, so they won't work in the old Wary/Racy.

2. These drivers are slower than the official Windows drivers. Be patient.

3. Some models require a firmware update. Unfortunately, it can only be installed from Windows.

4. As a USB printer, the driver works OOTB. For WIFI, you will install it with the AppSocket/JetDirect protocol. In my tests, CUPS 1.4 could not auto-detect the device, so I had to install it manually with the URI
Code:
socket://aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd:9100

5. When you run CUPS, you will see both Kodak and Eastman Kodak manufacturers. Look in both lists for your particular unit.

6. This driver works with PeasyPrint. It's a bit slow and the margins are slightly off-centre, but the print quality is excellent.

7. For WIFI scanning, open the file /etc/sane.d/kodakaio.conf. Comment out the "usb" and "net autodiscovery" lines. Add a line like
Code:
net 192.168.2.13 0x405D

Read the kodakaio.conf file for more details.

8. Be aware that this driver also upgrades some SANE core components, so it may affect any other scanners you have installed. Please provide feedback.
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thkn777

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 02:13    Post_subject:  

666philb wrote:
hi thkn777

to use the make command you need to install the devx for your version of puppy. if you're still using lucid 5.2.8 you can get the devx from quickpet - sfsget - gnu compiler..


*sigh*

Darn, friendly people around here and I make life hard for you Embarassed

--> I'll provide some info in my signature from now on, so it should be easy for people to "guess" my system speccs.

And thanks: I wasn't expecting a system without compiler. On the other hand it's a great idea as the standard workstation doesn't need that. On a second thought I like how Puppy handles this.

Regards,
Th.

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thkn777

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 02:58    Post_subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Here is a PET for the Kodak C2ESP driver. It will only work in Puppies with CUPS 1.4, so it won't work in Wary.

This package has never been tested. Please provide feedback.


Short story:
BINGO. Printer up and running.

Long story:
- printer is a Kodak ESP 7250 network printer connected to my LAN/wireless router
- laptop connected via WLAN to the said router so basically I'm in the same IP network
- tried a PING to my printers IP-adress: ok (that was to be expected, but it's always a good idea to test such things first)
- downloaded the PET and installed via simple double click in ROX-Filer
- CUPS version 1.4.3 (using JWM atm in case that's important)
- CUPS printer setup: new printer --> AppSocket/HP Jet Direct
- URI --> socket://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (xx... = ip-adress without any ports or additional parameters
- printer installation dialog: I choosed something close to my printer (i.e. manufacturer=Kodak, model=7200, standard paper size=A4, single sided printing, standard resolution 600x1200dpi)
- after a short waiting CUPS offered a new installed printer
- printed a test page from CUPS: no error on laptop, printer starts to work. Result: test page looks good: A4 is used almost completely ("borderless"), color printing works
- next try: printing from Firefox - works well. Print result matches print preview, too.
- last try: printing an image from GIMP. Full page A4 --> looking good, result matches print preview.

ODD FINDINGS
Printing is MUCH slower than in M$ Windows for some reason. I have no experience in CUPS printing, maybe that's normal? Or the M$ drivers are optimized? Will try lower resolution in the evening.

Thanks for providing the PET Very Happy

Kind regards,
Th.

Update:
- 300x1200dpi works, still printing quite slow
- double sided printing works

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 08:10    Post_subject:  

thkn777 wrote:
Printer up and running.

Excellent. You are the first reported user of a Kodak printer in Puppy.
Quote:
Printing is MUCH slower than in M$ Windows for some reason.

Kodak doesn't make Linux drivers for their products. It sounds like this reverse-engineered driver is not optimized for speed.

FWIW, there does not appear to be a Linux scanner driver for your ESP 7250.
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thkn777

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 14:33    Post_subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Excellent. You are the first reported user of a Kodak printer in Puppy.


Wohoo! Shocked Cool

As for the scanner... well thats sad... but since I've got some M$ Windows machines here, too - I can probably live with that.

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Nov 2011, 07:39    Post_subject:  

UPDATE

The pet also works on Dpup Exprimo 5.x.9

Yours,
Th.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Dec 2011, 17:32    Post_subject:  

There is also an updated driver available that I used to get my Kodak esp c315 AiO printer working. I got it in the form of a deb and it was from http://sourceforge.net/projects/cupsdriverkodak/.
There is one thing to keep in mind when selecting the driver for my printer.

When you get to the printer driver selection drop down, do NOT use KODAK.
Instead, use Eastman KODAK for the driver.

If you use KODAK, the EasyShare driver is installed.

If you instead use the Eastman Kodak driver, you will then get another sub menu to select your printer model from.

So far, I can print via both USB and wireless.
Wireless setup needs specific instructions to set it up though and if anyone has problems with that, I can step you through it.
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PostPosted: Wed 23 May 2012, 16:38    Post_subject:  

Updated drivers for both printing and scanning are now available here.

These have been tested with an ESP-C310.
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Les Kerf

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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jun 2013, 18:23    Post_subject:  

I am able to print with a Kodak ESP 5250 printer from Wary 5.5 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop using the kodak_print-25.pet.

It prints slowly, but it does work.
Les
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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jul 2013, 12:22    Post_subject:  

Les Kerf wrote:
I am able to print with a Kodak ESP 5250 printer from Wary 5.5 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop using the kodak_print-25.pet.

Thanks for the report.

Kodak is the second vendor, after Lexmark, to exit the inkjet printer market. Hopefully, you will still be able to buy ink for your ESP 5250.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jul 2013, 13:37    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the heads-up about the printer ink. And thanks for all the effort you have put into this forum.
Les
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