[cups] Printing Colours

Andrew anon_private at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 1 23:21:19 PDT 2016

The only light on the printer is an indicator that glows if the utility is switched on. There appears to be no way to determine which cartridge is low on ink when running the printer under kubuntu

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      From: Matt Broughton <walterwego at macosx.com>
 To: The CUPS user discussion list. <cups at cups.org> 
 Sent: Saturday, 2 July 2016, 3:51
 Subject: Re: [cups] Printing Colours

> On Jul 1, 2016, at 1:17 AM, Andrew <anon_private at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am seeing the colour blue being printed colourless; purple as red; dark red a s light red; green as yellow/green.
> I cannot check my ink levels. There is so facility in the CUPs printing system, as far as I can see.
> Can anyone suggest a utility that will allow me to check the ink levels, or another method for checking the colours and determining which cartridge/cartridges need replacing?
> Thanks
> Ps. Os is kubuntu. Printer is Epson Stylus SX100

As you were previously informed, the escputil is not part of CUPS.  For your purposes here with the color problems, you don't need to use any utility to see if you have run out of one or more inks.  Please check the HTML User Guide provided by EPSON.  The lights on you printer will tell you if you are low or out of ink.  There are then steps to determine which ink is depleted.

If there are no lights blinking on your printer that would indicate an ink issue, you should do a nozzle check and/or clean the heads.  Both these functions can be done with escpuitl.  You don't need to use a raw device for these functions.  If you don't find a problem after cleaning and verifying with a nozzle check, I might suspect there is something wrong with the printer. It may need service.

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