epson printer won't respond to my G4

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  1. boynigel macrumors regular

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    i've been using the Epson R340 printer w/my g4 forever. now all of a sudden i can't print. i've reinstalled drivers from epson's website. nothing. then i found some existing epson drivers on my HD using spotlight. tried installing those, but repeatedly got "could not install hardware, there were some errors". what's strange is that via Epson Printer Utility i CAN do nozzle checks, ink level checks, etc, which tells me the computer IS connecting w/the printer... except when it comes to printing.:confused:
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    First thing to try is delete and re-Add printer in Print & Fax prefs. Second is reset printing system:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1341
    Next is repair the hard drive while booted from install DVD:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417
    (where it says Try Disk Utility)

    Somewhere down near number 10 is "reinstall drivers that may be older than what is already on OS X"... ;-)
     
  3. boynigel thread starter macrumors regular

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    tried this, (printer reset) but when i got to the link it said, "Open Printer Setup Utility." this does not exist as an option on my computer for some reason. oh, and it won't let me re-add my printer now that i've removed it from the print & fax prefs.
     
  4. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    On Leopard, Printer Setup Utility doesn't exist - you use Print & Fax prefs for that.

    I'd start by booting from the Install DVD and repairing the hard drive. Then, do a custom install of printer drivers.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Chopping off a finger to fix a broken nail. Just remove the printer and then re-add it.
     
  6. boynigel thread starter macrumors regular

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    i would, but the computer won't let me! btw- i'm running tiger 10.4.11 ...i've got my reasons.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    If you conceal the true nature of your issue, then how do you expect to get useful advice?
     
  8. boynigel thread starter macrumors regular

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    if i knew the true nature of the problem, i wouldn't be here. i can't print. i can't add a new printer in the prefs section. but i CAN communicate other functions to my printer such as nozzle cleaning, pattern tests and whatnot. but again, i can't print.
     
  9. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm... I seem to have said the same thing a couple of posts above....
     
  10. boynigel thread starter macrumors regular

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    ...and if only that worked. looks like i'll be doing an archive and install. yipee!:mad:
     
  11. neo10141 macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem, Any Answers?

    I am having the exact same problem with my powerbook G4 running the same operating system, Tiger 10.4.11. The only difference is I use a Canon IP4000 printer that I have been using for years. I can do nozzle checks etc, but apparently some recent software update that I have completed will not allow me to print. I removed the printer and tried to re-add it, and it will not allow me to re-add this printer. BoyNigel, or anyone, did you ever find a solution to this problem? Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
     

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