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Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 2:03 pm
by norton
Hello,

I have bought an Epson SX420w wi-fi printer which I have installed on my desktop with no trouble (Win XP). But I am unable to install it on my laptop (Linux Mint exclusively)

When I put the CD in I have to open it and all I get is a load of files that mean absolutely nothing to me. In XP I was taken through the installation with ease. Please can someone help me to install the printer on my laptop in really understandable instructions!?

Thank you!

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 7:05 pm
by jungle_boy
You can download the linux driver at the following link:

http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/lsb/epso ... 2_i386.deb

I do not know if it run fine, but I think that yes works...

Another solution, not tested by me, run Playonlinux and you will be install using your windows printer CD; if you do not have playonlinux installed, install it by synaptic...

I think that the first solution is better; I installed a CANON PIXMA downloading the linux driver and now it is running fine...

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:00 pm
by norton
Thanks for your reply, I have installed the Epson drivers but what do I do now? I have no idea how to access the printer. This is driving me mad - not as easy as windows!!

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:09 pm
by AdamS
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if the driver didn't auto install the printer. It should show up in the add section.
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Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:13 pm
by AdamS
Also just little FYI

In truth it is EASIER then windows bro.

All about being in the know lol.

To add as a wireless, is simple.

Just search via ip address as a network printer.

Printer must be connected to the wifi network first. Use the printers LCD menu to view its assigned ip.

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:32 pm
by AlbertP
You cannot use the printer's CD with Linux.

After looking up the IP (consult the manual how to do this), open menu > Administration > Printing.
Click to add a printer.
Open 'Network Printer' by clicking the plus sign / arrow before it.
Choose 'Find printer' and fill in the IP. Press OK.
Then it should work, if the driver is installed.

Note that the driver is for 32-bit Linux. If you're using 64-bit, this one should be used:
http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/lsb/epso ... _amd64.deb

Note that many printer drivers are preinstalled in Mint, but I don't know if this one is there out-of-the-box.

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:54 pm
by norton
Thanks Guru and AlbertP - That's really brilliant!

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:12 pm
by AlbertP
As you see, installing a printer may even be easier on Mint than on Windows.

With the HP Photosmart c4780 I just had to type the IP address and it was ready. But that's HP...

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:15 pm
by AlbertP
If you need more information on using this printer with Linux, you can look here: http://www.openprinting.org/printer/Eps ... 20W_Series
There is also an alternative driver for if this one does not work OK.

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:45 am
by norton
I have down loaded the relevant drivers, my lap top recognises the printer, albeit with not the exact Epson model number. when I try and print a test page or print a document the printer goes berserk pulling page after page through at a huge rate, but printing nothing!

This is all being done with the USB connection. The printer works OK on the desktop (Win XP).

Any ideas, please?

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:38 am
by AlbertP
The only working drivers for this printer are: epson-nx420 (indeed, slightly different model number) and epson-escpr. Are you using one of these drivers?

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:53 pm
by norton
Printer working now, thank you all for your help!

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:24 pm
by clairevoyhunt
I have a related issue. I have installed the driver, but can't scan. I am working on 32 bit, mint 9.

Re: Epson SX420W installation on Mint

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:28 pm
by AlbertP
This forum post is from someone that got it working:

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... 40#p331589

Note that this may not work when connected over the network.