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How do I check ink levels in my printer?
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:56:12 AM »
 

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I use an Epson Stylus Photo R285 printer with LL3.4. 
It contains six ink cartridges: 1 black + 5 other colours.

Until now, the only way of checking ink levels & identifying which ink cartridge need changing is to use the printer with WindowsOS.  Obviously this is unsatisfactory, as I'm when trying to move over to a WindowsOS-free system.

So how do I carry out printer ink management in LL3.4? 

Many thanks in advance for all your ideas & help.

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Re: How do I check ink levels in my printer?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 02:24:14 AM »
 

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Try:

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sudo apt install ink
then:

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ink -p usb

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Re: How do I check ink levels in my printer?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 03:24:18 AM »
 

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Try:

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sudo apt install ink
then:

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ink -p usb

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Thanks Jerry - though ink installed, ink -p usb didn't work.
Terminal output is as follows:

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[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install ink
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
ink is already the newest version (0.5.2-1).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
[email protected]:~$ ink -p usb
Could not get device id.
Could not get ink level.
[email protected]:~$

Is there anything I can try as a next step in getting printer ink management working?
Last Edit: May 08, 2017, 03:28:17 AM by m654321
64bit OS (32-bit on Samsung netbook) installed in Legacy mode on MBR-formatted SSDs (except pi which uses a micro SDHC card):
2017 - Raspberry pi 3B (4cores) ~ [email protected] - LibreElec, used for upgrading our Samsung TV (excellent for the task)  
2012 - Lenovo G580 2689 (2cores; 4threads] ~ [email protected] - LL3.8/Win8.1 dual-boot (LL working smoothly)
2011 - Samsung NP-N145 Plus (1core; 2threads) ~ Intel Atom [email protected] - LL 3.8 32-bit (64-bit too 'laggy')
2008 - Asus X71Q (2cores) ~ Intel [email protected] - LL4.6/Win8.1 dual-boot, LL works fine with kernel 4.15
2007 - Dell Latitude D630 (2cores) ~ Intel [email protected] - LL4.6, works well with kernel 4.4; 4.15 doesn't work
 

Re: How do I check ink levels in my printer?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 10:00:06 AM »
 

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If you have a network connected printer, instead of a usb connected printer, you might be able to see this type of information by browsing (ie. using a browser like Firefox) to the IP address of the printer.
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Re: How do I check ink levels in my printer?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 10:05:13 AM »
 

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